DIY Paper Plate Whale Puppet

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DIY Paper Plate Whale Puppet

Introduction:

Teach your kids how to assemble and play with this paper plate whale puppet! With the help of our step-by-step tutorial below, we’ll teach you how to make a whale swim up and down on the sea using a popsicle stick. Grab the materials needed and print the free printable below to start crafting!

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Materials
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Tools

  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

Supplies

  • 2 Paper Plates
  • Glue
  • Popsicles Sticks
  • Poster Paint
  • Blue construction paper
  • Printables (Download below for printable)

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Step 1

Make the base of the paper plate whale

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 1

Grab a piece of the paper plate and fold it in half

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 2

Cut a small slit along the illustrated dashed line on the image above.

The slit should be wide enough for the popsicle slit to slide through.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 3

Unfold the paper plate.

Step 2

Paint the base of the paper plate whale

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 4

Color the top part of the paper plate until the slit. Paint the sky with your choice of color.

Here we mixed blue and white to make a light blue sky. You may opt for a purple or blue color to make a night sky or something else.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 5

Paint a sun (or a moon) in the sky.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 6

Then using white paint, paint some clouds.

If you’re doing a night sky, paint some stars.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 7

Once the sky has been painted, set it aside to dry.

Step 3

Cut out each of the elements in the printable.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 8

Download then print the whale printable by clicking the yellow download button above. After printing it, cut along the outer edges of each element with a pair of scissors.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 9

Once cut, you should have three whales and a template for the waves.

Step 4

Create the sea for the paper plate whale craft

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 10

Get a piece of blue construction paper, a pencil, scissors, and the template of the waves.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 11

Place the template on top of the blue paper (follow how it was placed on the picture above).

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 12

Then, trace the side of the wave only using a pencil.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 13

Cut along the outline made using the pencil.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 14

Place the painted paper plate halfway on top of the blue paper. Use the image above as a guide on how to place it.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 15

Trace the bottom part of the paper plate with a pencil.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 16

Cut along the outline made using the pencil.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 17

Draw some wave lines on the cutout using white paint or white marker.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 18

The sea for the paper plate whale is finished.

Step 5

Stick a popsicle on the whale

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 20

Choose one of the whale cutouts to use. Here we have a pink, yellow and blue whale. We chose a yellow whale for this project since it contrasts nicely with the sky we painted on the paper plate base.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 20

Stick one of the whales on one end of the paper plate.

Step 6

Assemble the paper plate whale

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 21

Stick the bottom end of the popsicle stick to the slit.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 23

Stick it like this. The bottom end of the popsicle stick should be at the back.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Step 24

Now glue the edge of the sea cutout to the bottom half of the paper plate.

How to Make a Paper Plate Whale - Finish

The paper plate whale is done! Move the stick up and down to make the whale move.

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