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April 19, 2012

Paper Plate Giraffe

Paper Plates are a staple at our house, not only for eating but also for creating. When my boys were 5 and 3, one of their favorite bedtime stories was Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae. I got it off their bookshelf the other night and reminisced for a moment of the sweet memories. Then I instantly thought, hey, this would be a fun book to make a giraffe craft with.  :)

Gerald was a tall giraffe whose neck was long and slim, but his knees were awfully bandy and his legs were rather thin. When the annual Jungle Dance comes around, all the animals perform their spectacular dances but when Gerald gets up all the animals laugh at him about his clumsiness and he walks off feeling sad that he can't dance. As he looks up at the moon a friendly cricket reminds him that everyone can dance once you find music that you love. Then as he finds his rhythm, all the other animals surround him in amazement and declare that he is the best dancer they have ever seen. This is a great read aloud story!

Our paper plate giraffe was so simple and fun to make.

Supplies you will need:

    - paper plate
    - yellow paint
    - brown paint
    - paint brush
    - circular sponge brush
    - yellow cardstock or construction paper
    - scissors
    - glue stick and/or school glue
    - large wiggly eyes
    - pencil
    - black marker
    - 2 brown pom-poms


1. Paint the bottom of a paper plate yellow and let it dry completely.

2. On a sheet of yellow paper (I used a different shade of yellow than what we painted the paper plate), draw two ears and a large circle for the giraffe muzzle.

3. Have your child cut out all the giraffe pieces, then glue them onto the giraffe. From the same sheet of paper also cut out two small strips for the horns and glue them onto the giraffe.

4. Next glue on some large wiggly eyes and some brown pom-poms for the brown hair at the top of the horns.

5. Draw a nose and mouth on your giraffe. We used pencil first and then traced it with black marker. It took my son a couple tries to get his nose how he wanted it so I'm glad we did it this way.  :)

6. Use a circular sponge brush to dab the brown spots on your giraffe. My son looked at the picture of Gerald in the book and saw that he had some brown at the bottoms of his ears, so he added that too.

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Juggling With Kids said... Best Blogger Tips

This turned out really cute! I love it!

jeremyand jessicapotter said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute, Rachel!! Giraffes are one of my favorite animals.

Terri Thompson said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I love this!

Betsy said... Best Blogger Tips

That book is one of my favorites, too. Love the pom pom horns!

Stacie said... Best Blogger Tips

The paper plate Giraffe is super cute!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea! Reed loves giraffes! I can't wait to try this with him. Thanks for linking up to the Pomp Party!

Jill @

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said... Best Blogger Tips

What an adorable Giraffe!!!! Thanks so much for sharing at Two Sasters!

Beth ( said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute giraffee!! We enjoy that book a lot too =-) I shared this with my Facebook readers here: - thanks for linking up to TGIF, I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow!!