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The Snail and the Whale Crafts: Movable Paper Plate

Last year at school my son studied The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and I remember thinking at the time that there weren’t that many The Snail and the Whale crafts about so after making our movable paper plate ghost last week I thought it would be fun to try and make a little craft of the two friends off on their adventure around the world!

The Snail and the Whale Crafts Movable Paper Plate

The Snail and the Whale Crafts Materials:

Paper plate

Blue paint in two shades


Craft stick

Washi tape

Card – white or blue / grey for your whale

Felt tip pens

Yellow card


the snail and the whale crafts materials

Let’s make it:

Start by painting your paper plate in two shades of blue paint. Of course if you don’t have two shades of blue you can improvise by adding a bit of white to what you have or if you have yellow you could perhaps recreate the scene where the whale gets stuck on the beach. Don’t think the kids can wait for paint to dry? Fair enough! You could colour in your scene with felt tip pens instead which is a great way to give more detail too.

If you are painting then while it’s all drying you can make your snail and your whale. On a piece of card draw a picture of the two friends and colour it. I recommend using card rather than paper as it will stand up better when you play with your paper plate. Attach a craft stick to it using washi tape or sellotape. You could of course use glue for this but PVA takes a while to dry and the glue sticks can be a bit less durable once your snail and whale start getting played with!

The Snail and the Whale Crafts activities

Cut a sun shape out of your yellow card and glue this onto your paper plate and then carefully cut a line along the bottom of the paper plateĀ  – this should go from one side to the other but not go to the actual edge or you’ll cut the bottom off the paper plate.

The Snail and the Whale crafts paper plate

Pop your craft stick through the hole in the paper plate and your snail and the whale craft is ready to be played with!

snail and the whale crafts square

Want to make sure you don’t forget about this craft? Make sure you bookmark this page or pin the image below so you’ve got it to hand when you need it! Want more activities for kids books? We’ve shared lots so why not check out some of the ones below.

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the snail and the whale craft paper plate


  1. 24th October 2017 / 8:00 am

    This is so cute. My kids love this book (and anything by Julia Donaldson).

  2. 24th October 2017 / 9:31 am

    How lovely! This is one of my favourite children’s book and it usually brings a tear to my eye.

  3. 25th October 2017 / 2:43 pm

    This is one of our favourite stories – what a fun activity

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