Kids will have lots of fun making this adorable paper plate kitty when exploring the letter “K” in preschool. Mixing paint colours, a variety of textiles, and lots of fine-motor manipulation makes this craft fun for the 2-4 crowd.
As you’ve likely heard, we’ve recently put together a huge A-Z round-up of paper plate crafts. Here’s our latest letter “K” craft. We also have a paper plate kite that I’ll be sharing with you soon.
Now, pink might seem like an odd colour for a kitty, but this little hooligan wanted her kitty to be pink, so who was I to argue?
A big part of the fun and learning when crafting with kids, is to follow their lead, and let them use colours and crafting materials the way they want to – not the way you want them to. That way, their work will be a reflection of their own creativity, and they’ll enjoy the process far more when they can explore and experiment freely. They’ll also get a better sense of satisfaction and pride when their project turns out as they had envisioned it.
Ok! Let’s make this kitty-cat.
To make our paper plate kitty, we used:
- paper plate
- various shades of pink paint
- foam shapes
- googly eyes
- white yarn
My little hooligan began by painting her paper plate pink. I provided her with a few shades of pink acrylic paint in a plastic pallet.
Whenever we’re working with one colour of paint, I like to provide several shades of that colour so the hooligans can blend and mix the colours together. They learn what happens when they add a dark shade to a light shade, and vice versa, and mixing the different shades is fun and adds interest to the project.
I also provided a dish scrubby as well as a paint brush. It’s fun to let kids experiment with different tools when painting, and they love dipping a scrubby into a puddle of paint, and pressing and tapping the scrubby onto their work to create texture and interest.
This particular hooligan is no stranger to painting with a dish scrubby! You can see how she experimented with them and many other interesting painting tools when she took part in this big-art experiment a couple of years ago.
When she was happy with the amount of paint she had on her paper plate, she glued on all of the bits to make her kitty’s face.
She chose purple foam triangles for the ears (Of course! What other colour would a pink kitty’s ears be?!), and she glued the googly eyes and button nose in place.
For the whiskers, she chose a ball of white yarn from our yarn bucket, and she glued glued some pieces of that in place.
For all of the gluing, she dipped a paintbrush into a small pot of glue, and brushed the glue onto her paper plate.
This rather surprised me because this particular hooligan usually loves to squeeze the glue right out of the bottle. Check out the paper plate gingerbread man she made recently, and you’ll see what I mean. Hee hee!
For the finishing touch, she glued on a little pink foam “tongue” that I had cut of a piece of craft foam.
Paint, glue, foam, buttons and yarn. All so fun for little hands to experiment and create with.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.