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Paper Plate Lion

Activity Overview

Craft your way to making this adorable curly maned lion which is made out of a paper plate. Youngsters will get lots of practice gluing and transforming a plain paper plate into something roaringly wonderful. This is a stand alone craft or you can attach a craft stick to the back for pretend and puppet play.

Materials Needed

  • Paper plate
  • Several sheets of brown, orange and yellow construction paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Tacky Glue
  • Yellow markers or crayons or paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Craft stick (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Color the back of the paper plate with a yellow marker or crayon or paint.
  2. Cut even strips of orange, yellow, and brown construction paper about 1 inch wide and 5 inches long. Be sure to cut enough strips to fit around the plate in layered rows.
  3. Next, Use a glue stick to apply each strip of paper along the edge of the plate to form a mane. You may layer them in spots if you like.
  4. Allow the mane to dry.
  5. Cut out two ears and a nose shape from the brown construction paper and glue them to the yellow part of the plate in the appropriate places.
  6. Use your tacky glue to adhere two large wiggle eyes to the lion's face and use your brown marker to draw the details on the yellow surface.
  7. After the glue is dry, put on the finishing touches by using a pencil to roll the paper strips of the mane toward you for a more three dimensional look.
  8. If you would like to use your lion for play or puppetry, simply use your tacky glue to apply a craft stick to the bottom of your plate being certain to attach it to the more centrally located rounded spot behind the face which will yield the best support.

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