Donkey from Paper Plates

8 Jan
For  'Letter of the week - D', the Paper Plate Donkey was was for Dotty, the Donkey from the book Maisy goes to school.

For ‘Letter of the week – D’, the Paper Plate Donkey was made for ‘Dotty, the Donkey’ from the book ‘Maisy goes to school’.

Things required for 'Donkey from Paper Plates' craft are: Brown or grey foam paper, white sticker paper or regular paper, some pencil scraps for the hair, yellow felt paper, 2 paper plates, wooden spatula, brown paint, bowl of water, marker pen, googly eyes, scissors, glue and pencil.

Things required for ‘Donkey from Paper Plates’ craft are: Brown or grey foam paper, white sticker paper or regular paper, some pencil scraps for the hair, yellow felt paper, 2 paper plates, wooden spatula, brown paint, bowl of water, marker pen, googly eyes, scissors, glue and pencil.

Draw 2 ears and 1 mouth on the white sticker paper.

Draw 2 ears and 1 mouth on the white sticker paper.

Cut the mouth and draw the teeth with the marker pen.

Cut the mouth and draw the teeth with the marker pen.

Cut 2 circles and 2 smaller ears from the brown foam paper.

Cut 2 circles and 2 smaller ears from the brown foam paper.

Cut 3 strips of yellow felt paper. If you have a bigger paper you can cut 1 strip which should be equal to the diameter of the paper plate.

Cut 1 strip which should be equal to the diameter of the paper plate. I didnt have a bigger felt paper so I cut 3 small strips instead.

Get your toddler/preschooler to paint one of the paper plates brown.

Get your toddler/preschooler to paint one of the paper plates brown.

Also paint the ears on the white paper. Leave the paper and the plate to dry.

Also paint the ears on the white paper. Leave the paper and the plate to dry.

Stick the spatula/ice cream stick on the other plate.

Stick the spatula/ice cream stick on the other plate.

Once the paint is dry, cut the ears out of the white paper and get your sweetheart to stick them on the plate that has the spatula. Then paste the brown smaller ears on top of the bigger ones. Add the pencil scraps in between the 2 ears for the hair.

Once the paint is dry, cut the ears out of the white paper and get your sweetheart to stick them on the plate that has the spatula. Then paste the brown smaller ears on top of the bigger ones. Add the pencil scraps in between the 2 ears for the hair.

Paste the brown painted paper plate on top.

Paste the brown painted paper plate on top.

Stick the nostrils and the mouth on it.

Stick the nostrils and the mouth on it.

And finally the eyes. Your Donkey is ready!

And finally the eyes and the yellow strip above the nostrils. Your Donkey is ready!

This craft teaches your child about animals, colors, imaginary play and word that starts with the letter D.

This craft teaches your child about animals, colors, imaginary play and word that starts with the letter D.

 

Early Learning goes a long way in your child’s education and upbringing. Amongst the very important things to learn for a toddler or preschooler are hand-eye coordination, 5 senses, practice fine and gross motor skills, balance, and muscle development. A lot of this can be practiced at home with crafts and activities under adult’s supervision. Playing with colors, pots and pans, brushes, sponges, glue; reading books, pretend play, all seem like child’s play to us but are actually helping your toddlers/preschoolers develop their minds and bodies.

Please make sure all the activities mentioned in this blog are done under adult supervision. If your children are still putting things in their mouths, then avoid activities with small particles that can cause chocking hazards. Also, all steps in the articles that involves a pencil, knife, pair of scissors or any sharp objects should be performed by an adult.

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