Saddle up for a paper plate craft with a rocking twist! Perfect for wild west fans or anyone who ever wished they could ride into the sunset, this dynamic paper rocking horse would make a fun addition to any desk or bedside table.
What You Need:
- 2 paper plates
- Tempera paint
- Googly eye
What You Do:
- Have your child use a pencil to lightly draw two parallel lines in the middle of one paper plate. The lines should be roughly three inches apart.
- Help her fold the plate inward along these two lines.
- Let her set the plate upright, balanced on the two curved, folded flaps. It should already be rocking!
- Remind your child that the plate will be her horse's body. Have her paint the plate the color she would want her horse to be.
- Next, it's time to make the horse's head. Help her use a pencil to draw a horse's head, neck and mane on the second paper plate.
- Have her paint the horse's head. Don't worry if she paints outside the lines.
- Let her use scissors to cut out the horse's head. Make sure she leaves a small, rectangular tab at the bottom of the horses's head—this will be how she attaches the head to the body.
- Help your child cut a small slit in the top of the "body" paper plate.
- Have her slip the tab on the horse's head into the cut in the body. Make sure she uses lots of tape to secure the head to the body.
- Let her cut long pieces of yarn for the horse's hair.
- Help her use scissors to make another small cut where the horse's tail should start.
- Have her push through her strips of yarn into this cut.
- Let her use tape to secure the yarn on the underside of the paper plate.
- Have her use glue to attach the googly eye to the horse's head.
- Let her set her completed paper horse on its edge and rock away!