Paper Plate Lion

Our Paper Plate Lion is not only cute, but really easy and fun to make!

Using a range of scrap materials, preschoolers can explore and experiment with different textures to create a wacky and wild lion’s mane; adding a sensory element to the craft.

Inspired by the heart-warming book The Lion Who Wanted To Love (Orchard Picturebooks) by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz, our Paper Plate Lion is the perfect accompaniment to a story about kindness, love and simply being yourself, even if that means you’re a little different.

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Paper Plate Lion – Materials

20 White 7″ Paper Plates – Only one paper plate is needed, but they’re always handy to have!
Orange and Yellow Paint
White card (for the eyes), we used a Cereal Box
Orange and/or Yellow Tissue Paper
Orange and Yellow Scrap Paper, Yarn or anything else you available –  we even used a yellow plastic bag!
Kid’s PVA Glue, Safe And Washable
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker (Single) Black

Paper Plate Lion

When it comes to crafting with paper plates I would always recommend applying paint the day before. They can take a while to dry and if you have an eager crafty kid on your hands,  they may not appreciate waiting.

We often split our crafts in two, enabling an ‘invitation to create’ to be prepared. It’s always well received and as you can see, I cut up a variety of scrap materials into strips ready for the little lovely to turn her yellow and orange painted plate into a Lion!

Craft Ideas for Kids - paper plate lion

Ask your crafty kid to begin sticking the scrap materials around the circumference of the plate. For ease, I suggested following the orange ring.

Little lovely had so much fun assembling the lion’s mane and had a good go at creating a pattern with her scrap materials.

Paper Plate Lion 3

Using an old cereal box, we cut out two white circles and used the marker pen to create pupils.

Craft Ideas For Kids - paper plate lion

To finish off, I used the marker pen to draw a nice big nose and smile face! Enjoy 🙂

Paper Plate Lion pin





Craft Ideas for Kids - Foam Animal Faces

Foam Animal Faces

Foam is one of my favourite craft materials. Children love its squidgy soft texture, which also makes it a versatile base for many crafts. In this instance, we’ve made super cute and super easy foam animal faces with movable parts!

Little lovely, who is currently puppy mad, adored putting the faces together and was particularly proud of being able to do it “all her herself”!

She carefully considered the positioning of the eyes, nose and ears and how they would fit in with the overall design. Her creativity quite literally shone and her imagination became more adventurous with each face.

With a little prep, preschoolers can easily make their own Foam Animal Faces – Here’s how to do it!

Foam Animal Faces – Materials:

Foam – Different colours, the more vibrant the better!
Split Pins
Tissue paper or paper of different colours and designs
PVA Glue

Foam Animal Faces – How to:

Step 1

Cut out a various shapes to construct the faces.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Foam Animal Faces

Step 2

Hand over to your crafty kids. I asked the little lovely to think about what a puppy looks like, where she thinks the eyes, ears etc should go.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Foam Animal Faces

Step 3

Secure the ears with split pins. Now you may want to help your crafty kid with this part, my little lovely was determined to do this herself and under supervision she did.

Craft Ideas for Kids - Foam Animal Faces

Little Lovely not only enjoyed making Foam Animal Faces, but enjoyed playing with them too, moving the ears around to alter expressions – Ears up, the puppy was excited or surprised. Ears down, a little sad….

I hope your crafty kiddies enjoy making their Foam Animal Faces. We made puppies and an owl, why not try an elephant, monkey, octopus or something crazy like an alien or monster. The possibilities are endless!

Craft Ideas for Kids - Foam Animal Faces