Paper plate crafts- Whale Shark

My children (read J) are enjoying making various animals out of paper plates. We have made various so far and these posts are a basic ‘How To’.



3 Paper plates
Cotton bud or small white round stickers
2 large White round stickers (or googly eyes)
Marker pen

‘Flatten’ one of the paper plates.
Paint it red/ pink.
Paint the the underneath side of the other two paper plates. (Blue-grey colour)
Leave to dry.
Once dry, copy the template below onto the ‘eating’ side of the plate.


Cut out the body parts.
Take the dorsal fin and the head plate.
Cut a slit on the head plate (about 3cm in length)
Place the dorsal fin in the slit and decide how tall you want it.
Turn the head plate over and the underneath bit of the dorsal fin should be standing proud. Cut this part down the middle, and flatten in opposite directions. This should help the dorsal fin to stand upright. Staple in place.


Take the body and attach to the head, where the dorsal fin is. Cut the head so the body flows gently into the head.
Using the cotton bud, or stickers, put small white dots all over the body and head.
Make 2 round circles for the eyes if painting the eyes.

Cut a slit at the end of the body and insert the tail.
Secure with sticky tape if desired.
Attach the eyes (if using googly eyes) or draw in the pupils with the marker pen.

Fold the red plate in half- red sides together.
Staple the one half onto the head, round the edge.
(Your hand should be able to fit between the head and the mouth.)

Staple the dorsal fins to the side of the body.
Et Voila! One whale shark to cruise round your home…


About Cheryl

I am a child of God, a wife and a mother of 4 children. Some days are good. Some days are frustrating. Some days are just plain insane. In between the mayhem, I loved to go for walks with our mutt, potter in the garden and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. That all changed in August 2012 when we waved goodbye to our mutt and garden, our eldest at Uni in Gloucester and moved to Tokyo for 4 months. And yes- we are still here...
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