Monday, April 23, 2012

Duck, Duck Goose Swan Paper Plate Puppets - Toddler Art Project

Duck, Duck, Goose, Swan - Paper Plate Puppets

Age: 18 Months - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 10 min (+ Prep)

Theme: Swans, Geese, Ducks

Books: Duck & Goose by Tad Hills, Petunia by Roger Duvoisin (for older kids), any variation of the Ugly Duckling or Old MacDonald

Orange or Yellow construction paper
Paper dots (leftovers from a hole punch) or Googly Eyes
Small (desert size) paper plates
Glue sticks
Masking tape (for attaching handles)
Adults get to use Scissors
Prep: Cut a triangle notch out the side of each plate, then cut a crescent following the inner circle half way around. Cut triangles of orange and yellow construction paper for the beaks (about 1” acute). From an extra plate cut a ½” strip at the widest point for a handle (exact length is not essential, so if you are making a lot, you can get 3 handles per plate)

Activity: Each child gets a cut plate, beak, eye, feather, handle & glue stick. Fold down the center of the plate to make the wing. Glue on the beak and the feather. With some adult help, attach the handle to the back with masking tape. Waddle, Waddle, flap, flap!

Notes/Tips: If you fold the handles in 1/3rds then fold the two ends in half again it will create a tab on each side that can be taped down easily (see pic). Crayons can be introduced to this activity to make it longer. If you have bigger kids that want to join in the fun, the more the merrier - but they can do all the prep themselves!

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