Rockin’ paper plate whale

Rockin’ paper plate whale

Rockin’ paper plate whale

If you hadn’t already realised, we absolutely love to make ocean themed crafts in this house. Learning about sea creatures is something we all find enjoyable. Right now my son is obsessed with Orcas so this little paper plate whale was the perfect afternoon craft for us. We even looked up some whale facts whilst crafting to make it a bit more educational! Did you know, killer whales have around 45 teeth!
(if you want to learn more, check out the national geographic kids site – that’s what we were looking at and its great!)

You will need

A Paper plate
Black paint
Googly eye
Pink paper
White tissue paper

Take your paper plate and fold it in half. Draw your whale shape on to your folded plate. You can see that I have left a portion of the fold at the whales head and tail untouched, you don’t want to cut all of the fold line as your whale needs two sides attached to be able to rock!

Now to paint your Orca Whale! Use your black paint to paint his body but leave a white space near the centre of his head and on his belly.
(if you’re crafting with really young children you may find it easier to paint the whale totally black and then add the parts in using cut out white paper)

Using your scissors; cut out a small triangle for the mouth, add a thin pink strip to either side of the mouth to make some lips. To finish your whale’s face add a googly eye!

To add a water spout to your whale, take a square of white tissue paper and twist it to a point on one side. Use your scissors to make multiple snips on the other side.

Finally, make a small snip at the top of your whale’s head and pull the twisted end of your paper down through.

Your Rockin’ paper plate whale is finished, How great does he look!

Did you like this ocean themed craft? why not check out these paper jellyfish too!?

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Paper Chain Octopus

Paper Chain Octopus

this little creation is super cute as a stand alone piece or looks great on any sea themed display board. My little guy is obsessed with all things ocean and loves making these!

You will need
1 piece of coloured card
4/5 sheets of coloured paper
1 sheet of white paper
black and pink markers or paints
Double sided sticky tape


take your piece of card and cut out the shape for your octopus’ headIMG_0185 (2).JPG

Fold your pieces of paper down the middle lengthways and then open up and cut straight down that middle lineIMG_0186

Cut your pieces of paper into strips. I recommend that you cut one piece at a time so you don’t end up cutting too many!

Take 8 strips, Attach one end of each strip to the front of the octopus’ head using double sided taper or glue and then turn the octopus over and stick the other end of the strips to the back of the octopusIMG_0192

Begin Paper chaining from your end loop by pacing a strip through the centre of the loop and then securing it around the previous one with tape or glueIMG_0195 (2).JPG

Repeat step 5 with each loop until your octopus’ tentacles are complete
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 take your white paper and cut out two oval shapes for the eyes and stick them to
your octopusIMG_0200

Paint or draw on your octopus’ pupils and mouth
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