DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Paper Plate Raccoon Craft
This adorable raccoon craft uses a printable template and a paper plate to make a project suitable for a forest animals, mammals, or letter R theme or just for fun.
If you cut out holes instead of using the template eyes, you
can convert your raccoon craft to a raccoon mask. Attach a paint stir stick or tongue depressor to allow your child to hold it up to their face.
- grey paint and paintbrush,
- paper plate,
- something to color with (or color printer),
- Optional: You can substitute large wiggly eyes for the template eyes.
- Optional: Black paint for the raccoon's mask.
- Optional FOR MASK: Paint Stir Stick, thin strip of wood or
- Paint the bottom of the paper plate gray.
- Print out the craft template of choice.
- Color (if using the black and white version of the craft) and cut out the template pieces. Most of the pieces are simple enough shapes for
young children to cut out, but if needed, an adult can help with
some of the harder pieces (the ears and the hair).
- Glue the pieces to the plate to make a raccoon face:
- Glue the raccoon's mask across the center of the paper plate (or
paint a black mask across the center of the paper plate).
- Glue the ears onto either side of the head.
- Glue the hair onto the center top of the head.
- Glue the eyes onto the mask
(or cut out holes for eyes in a mask).
- Glue the eyebrows above the eyes.
- Glue the nose under the eyes.
- Glue the mouth under the nose.
- Glue the raccoon's mask across the center of the paper plate (or paint a black mask across the center of the paper plate).
- Optional: If making a mask, use masking tape or duct tape to attach a thin strip of wood, a Tongue Depressor or a Paint Stir Stick (often free at paint supply and home repair stores -- no more than $1 -- we get dad to pick one up now and then when he's at home depot admiring the tools *grin*)