Today has been yet another rainy kind of day so I thought it would be a good idea to drag the kids away from the tv and do a bit of crafting. I love paper plate crafts as they’re so cheap and easy to do – you can normally get a pack of paper plates for a pound meaning that it doesn’t matter if things don’t go exactly to plan. We’ve been taking a lot of walks in the wood recently watching the season start to change so I thought it would be fun to make some woodland animals, this here is our paper plate badger and you can also check out our paper plate fox!
You will need:
One paper plate
Black card or paper
White card or paper
How to make your paper plate badger
This craft was a bit of a collaborative effort between me and my 22 month old daughter. I’d originally planned on making this with my (older) son but he didn’t fancy it (and I don’t believe in forcing them to make things) where as my daughter started squeeking and pointing when she saw the black paint come out. This is exactly why I always try and buy washable paints!
I let my daughter paint as much of the paper plate black as she fancied and she had a great time squishing the paint around with a brush. Most of it was on the plate rather than the dinning table too which made a nice change! While she was doing this I cut out two ears and a nose from some black card and the white middle area of the face from some white paper.
When she’s finished painting we folded in the sides of the face to make the white outside edges and glued these down. One of the benefits of this is that if your child has only painted a bit of the plate (as my kids often do) you can move the plate around accordingly so that as much painted area as possible will show. We then glued on the eyes, ears and his nose and our badger was complete – I’m pretty fond on this little fellow!
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