Thursday, February 14, 2013

Paper Plate Zoo #kids #craft

by Alvina of There's Magic Out There
for ages 3 and up with Adult Participation

During Winter its easy to get a little stir crazy at home when its too cold to play outside. So whats a good remedy for the winter blues? Why not bring the fun indoors! I started to think of what might be fun for my munchkin and well he loves the zoo, it has lots of animals around every corner and that's where this idea came from to make an indoor Zoo. We rounded up some things from around the house and art supplies for kids and came up with this.


Supplies Needed:
Directions:
Start by cutting your paper plate in half. For all the animals I made, the top half will be the body and the bottom half will be all the rest of the pieces. Don't cut the rest of the body parts out until you have colored them. Stick everything together at the end with a glue stick.

Lion-
1. Use a cup to trace a circle out of the paper plate bottom half. Within the circle make a smaller circle. The outer circle will be the mane and the inner will be the actual face.
2. Make four rectangles with rounded edges for the legs.
3. Make a tail with the end of it being a triangle so you can cut into the triangle and make it look like loose hair.
4. Make 2 little ears to later glue onto the head.
5. Lastly I cut in a circular pattern around the face to give the mane more dimension.

Bear-
1. Use a cup to trace a circle out of the paper plate bottom half.
2. Make four rectangles with rounded edges for the legs.
3. Make a small circle for the tail and two small ears to later glue on the head.

Giraffe-
1. For the body top half use only the inner circle portion!
2. On the bottom half I made a long rectangle for the neck
3. I made four rectangles with rounded edges for the legs
4. Make a tail with a triangle at the end to cut into to make it look more like hair
5. Lastly make A small oval for the face, one ear for the profile and two small horns

Turtle-
1. For the body top half use only the inner circle portion!
2. On the bottom half make a small oval for the face
3. Make 4 short rectangles with rounded edges for the legs
4. Make a small triangle for the tail
I didn't want to just make the animals with my munchkin and have no where to put them so I decided to make a back drop of the Zoo entrance. Its just poster board with an archway decorated in animals welcoming you to our zoo. I think it adds just the right touch!
Plus I am going to keep adding more animals to make our zoo even bigger!

When you are done making the animals jump right in and enjoy your Zoo! Have fun visiting various animals and store it safely when done so you can play again another day (paper plate is very sturdy so it should hold up great).

*Important! Do not worry too much about measurements. Have fun, make memories and remember that the end goal is fun and not perfection.

For younger children or those with special needs: Have all the pieces already drawn out and ready to color. If possible provide a photo of the animal that they are making so that they can use it as a visual guide. Talk about shapes and colors on animals. It would be helpful to have print patterns (example giraffe print) already outlined on the animals.

For the older kids: Ask them to draw out the basic shapes, discuss body parts. talk about the colors and patterns on the animals and why they are there for most as protection in the wild (camouflage).

Further discussion: Talk about animal environments, foods they eat, why animals are in Zoos (examples: endangered, rescued).

Alvina is a stay at home mom with a son who is her world. They do arts and crafts and explore the city around them. You can follow along on there journey on her blog "Theres Magic Out There". There you will find a mix of DIY crafts, kids crafts, mommy moments, city events/activities and more.

4 comments:

Veronica said...

great idea! also love the further discussion ideas!!

Morena Hockley said...

What an adorable idea!! My daughter will love making these!

Alvina Castro said...

So excited to be here! Thank you for having me :) Hope everyone has fun making there own Zoo

Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ said...

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing at HomeSchool After School. Pinned it!

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