This paper plate dog is a fun craft for kids to make AND to play with afterwards. Check out the waggling ears!
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One of my son’s favourite books right now is Dogs, Dogs! which is all about – well you guessed it – dogs!
To make this puppet you’ll need:
- White paper plate
- Black and/or brown paint
- Sponge (optional)
- Large black pom pom
- Pink felt
- Large googly eyes
- Marker pen
- Black card
- Craft knife and cutting surface
- Brads (paper fasteners)
- String or thread
Turn the paper plate over and invite your child to paint the plate. My son and I both made a dog – he used brown and black paint, I just used brown. The paint can be applied any way you like but we used a sponge to get an interesting texture which was almost fur-like.
When the paint has dried, use a marker pen to draw on a mouth, then set out the glue, pom poms, eyes and a tongue-shape cut from the pink felt. To assist my son I made mine in advance, so he could use mine as a guide but still do it his own way.
Open up the brad, then repeat on the other side of the dog’s head with the second ear. Turn the plate over and thread the string through one of the upper holes in the ear piece, and tie a knot.
And if all this seems a bit tricky, this video might help – watch from around 0.48 to see how to do the puppet part.
And F gets to try out the puppet mechanism!