This fun Valentine's Day themed craft is a great way for children to improve their scissor skills. Preschool and kindergarten children will enjoy using a paper plate to make a cute heart shaped raccoon!
Tip 1: Include a cute Valentine's message on the back of the paper plate, like "I can't mask my feelings for you!"
Tip 2: Purchase fancy paper from the scrapbooking store and print the B&W version onto this for an extra fancy raccoon.
Tip 3: Cut out holes instead of eyes and scotch tape a straw or popsicle stick to the bottom to make a teddy bear mask.
- paper plate,
- gray paint,
- something to color with, if you chose the B&W template
- Paint the bottom of the paper plate gray.
- Print out the template of choice. You need both templates to make one raccoon.
- Color (if making the black and white craft).
- Cut out the template pieces. (You can use the finished image in the bottom right of the first template to figure out which pieces belong where on the paper plate).
- Glue the pieces on the paper plate:
Glue the heart shaped mouth of the raccoon onto the bottom of the paper plate.
Glue the heart shaped nose onto the mouth, just above the line.
Glue the two large, black hearts above the nose and mouth. The bottom points of the heart should face the edges of the paper plate, to make the mask of the raccoon.
Glue the eyes onto the large, black, hearts. One eye on each heart.
Glue the ears onto either side of the paper plate. The points of the heart should be facing up.
The bow can either be glued onto the bottom of the paper plate like a bowtie, or it can be glued onto the top of the paper plate between the two ears.
Option for mass-producing - young children: Print out the B&W template. Trace the pieces onto stiff cardboard (back of paper pads works well) or margarine/ice cream container lids. Cut out to make permanent templates. Allow the children to trace these permanent templates onto different colors of construction paper and then glue their special pieces onto the paper plate.
Option for mass-producing - older children: Omit the templates. Let the children cut out heart shapes in various sizes from colored construction paper (show them how to fold paper in half and then cut to make a perfectly symmetrical heart). Let the children create their own animals by putting together hearts of different sizes (you can pre-make a few example animals to give them some inspiration). This allows them to use their creativity!
- Close template window when done printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).