Kids love bears! There’s no escaping it. I love paper plates! There’s no escaping it. This craft is a simple and cute combination of the two. This is basically an assembling and gluing activity for the kids, meaning that there is some prep work on your end, but nothing more than flexing those scissor muscles.
Here’s what you need:
- Paper plate
- Brown tissue paper (different shades of brown if available)
- Black construction paper
- Light brown or tan construction paper (or card stock)
- Elmer’s glue
- Black marker
For the prep work, you are doing all of the cutting. First, cut up a whole bunch of the brown tissue paper into roughly 2″ x 4″ pieces to use as the bear fur. Next, you need to cut the round sections out of the light brown/tan construction paper that will be used as the bear’s snout. Next, cut out a bunch of half-ovals out of the light brown/tan construction paper to use as ears. Next, cut out ovals from the black construction paper to use as the nose. The noses should be about a third of the size of the snout. Last, cut a bunch of small rectangles from the black construction paper to use as the bear’s sleeping eyes.
Once the prep is finished, I like to have the pieces divvied out and ready to go. Each kid should have a plate, a small pile of brown tissue paper, a snout, a nose, two ears, and two eyes. First, the kids can drizzle the Elmer’s glue onto this inside of the plate making sure to get some close to the outer rim. Next, have them arrange the brown tissue paper to cover the majority of the plate. There can be space on the outer rim, but try not to leave any gaps within the “fur”. Once the fur is set, glue the snout toward the bottom half of the plate. Next, glue the ears to the backside of the plate so that they stick out over the plate. See the picture for reference. Next, glue the nose toward the top of the snout, leaving some space all around the nose. Next, glue the eyes on. Last, have the kids draw an anchor-shaped mouth coming from the bottom of the nose. See the picture for reference.
This craft goes great with:
- Shh! Bears Sleeping by David Martin
- Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! by Aaron Blecha