17 Adorable Paper Plate Animal Crafts

Are you ready to get crafty with the kids?! This list of totally adorable paper plate animals is sure to fuel your creativity for quite some time. Your kids will be entertained for hours with these paper plate crafts, and you don't have to spend loads of money on craft supplies.

paper plate animals

It's a good idea to always have a pile of paper plates on hand for crafting. We love simple crafts, and you can't get much easier than paper plate animals. These animal crafts are easily recognisable for kids, so that makes it a bit easier when directing them and helping them to see the overall picture.

Children from toddler and preschooler age and up enjoy making things out of paper plates, so it's really a way to pull all the kids together for a fun time. And if you're planning a classroom activity, paper plate animals are inexpensive to make and can usually be put together in a short space of time.

So grab a pack of paper plates, round up the kids, and choose one of these paper plate animals from the list. We can't wait to see what you've made!

Animal Paper Plate Crafts

Adorable paper plate animal crafts for kids

Paper Plate Animals from Messy Little Monster

Let's kick things off with some of our favourite paper plate animals that you don't want to miss!

Love Birds Paper Plate Craft

When February is here, and love is in the air, it's the perfect time to make these pretty little Paper Plate Love Birds with the kids. You only need a few supplies, or you can easily improvise with whatever you have on hand.

Paper plate bird craft

Turkey Paper Plate Craft

For little ones just learning their colours, this Paper Plate Turkey is a cute craft and learning lesson rolled into one fun activity. You could just lay the coloured circles on the turkey feathers to reuse it again and again during November for a colour recognition activity.

Paper plate turkey craft

Unicorn Paper Plate Craft

Is a unicorn an animal?! I couldn't not include this adorable flying unicorn paper plate craft and magical animals are still animals, right!? Use the unicorn template and attach a pipe cleaner to help it fly across the sky. This is such a fun and interactive paper plate craft.

Paper plate unicorn craft

Cat Paper Plate Craft

How cute is this paper plate cat craft! Inspired by the illustrations of the book, 'Have You Seen My Cat?', By Eric Carle, kids are sure to love making their own colourful cat. 

cat paper plate craft for kids

Bee Paper Plate Craft

Have fun making a playing with this rocking paper plate bee craft. This paper plate bee is easy to make and uses a child's handprints for the bees wings. 

Bee paper plate craft for kids

Fish Paper Plate Craft

Make a rainbow fish using a paper plate and some colourful cupcake wrappers. This paper plate fish craft would be fun to make as part of an ocean theme or after reading the book ,'The Rainbow Fish'. 

Fish paper plate craft for kids

More Sweet and Simple Paper Plate Animals

Now let's check out some other adorable paper plate animals from other creative and crafty sites around the web!

Snail Paper Plate Craft

Snails are everywhere during spring and summer, and that's the perfect time to make this adorable Paper Plate Snail by About a Mom. It's a colourful craft that's simple enough for all ages, and it's great for sparking fun conversations about our slimy, shelled friends.

Paper plate snail craft

Octopus Paper Plate Craft

Let the kids brush up on their scissor skills by making a cool Paper Plate Octopus by Artsy Craftsy Mom. The bubble wrap tentacles are so creative, and you can have lots of fun popping the bubbles after you make this project.

Paper plate octopus craft

Walrus Paper Plate Craft

Add this Paper Plate Walrus Craft by I Heart Crafty Things to a study about Arctic animals, and you're sure to have some engaged kiddos. Fun facts: Did you know that walruses can weigh as much as a small car? Or that they can live up to 40 years? This craft is a great way to encourage discussion about these exciting animals.

Paper plate walrus craft

Crocodile Paper Plate Craft

The 3-D element of this Paper Plate Crocodile by Easy Peasy and Fun makes it even more fun and appealing for little ones. They'll have a blast making its teeth chomp up and down.

Paper plate animals crocodile craft

Pig Paper Plate Craft

Any child who loves farm animals will love making this Paper Plate Pig by Simple Everyday Mom. The template makes it simple enough for toddlers and preschoolers, so it would be an excellent choice for a group craft.

Paper plate animals pig craft

Cardinal Paper Plate Craft

Little bird watchers will so enjoy making this Paper Plate Cardinal by Artsy Momma. Painting the plate and gluing small feathers and bits of tissue paper will give those small hands lots of fine motor practice.

Paper plate animals bird craft

Lamb Paper Plate Craft

This Paper Plate Lamb by Kids Activities Blog is a cute spring craft! It's perfect for Easter, as lambs have lots of symbology around that holiday, but even if you don't celebrate Easter, baby animals are always adorable.

Paper plate animals lamb craft

Hedgehog Paper Plate Craft

You definitely need to add these sweet, colourful Paper Plate Hedgehogs by Kids Craft Room to your crafting list! Yarn wrapping adds to the fun and your child's fine motor skills.

Paper plate animals hedgehog craft

Penguin Paper Plate Craft

Have you seen anything more delightful than this Cotton Ball Paper Plate Penguin by Our Kids Things? The earmuffs are simply adorable, as are their white cotton ball tummies. What a fun craft to make on a snowy or rainy wintery day!

Paper plate animals penguin craft

Crab Paper Plate Craft

After a quick trip to the beach, help the kids settle down into some quiet time with this cute little Paper Plate Crab by Simply Today Life. This is a fun addition to an ocean unit, too!

Paper plate animals crab craft

Dog Paper Plate Craft

While you can use this basic Paper Plate Dog idea by Craft Create Cook to create any dog, in any colours you want, kids will love that it's Max from The Secret Life of Pets. Aren't his floppy foam ears adorable?

Paper plate animals dog craft

Owl Paper Plate Craft

There are so many ways to incorporate this Paper Plate Owl from Crafts by Amanda into your creative time or a learning unit. Pair it with an owl-themed book like the popular picture book Owl Moon or in a study of the owls of the world.

Owl paper plate craft

Butterfly Paper Plate Craft

Looking for an effortless, stunning project to make with the kids? Use decorative paper plates to make these gorgeous Paper Plate Butterflies by Design Improvised. All you need to do is decorate the butterflies' bodies with paint and sparkly things, and you're all done. This would make a fantastic summer craft.

Butterfly paper plate craft

Parrot Paper Plate Craft

When you're studying the rainforest, make this colourful Paper Plate Parrot by Glue Sticks & Gumdrops. Use tempera paint and school glue if you're making this craft with little ones. You'll just need some extra drying time.

Parrot paper plate craft

Bee Paper Plate Craft

Kids will have so much fun tearing up pieces of paper to make this Paper Plate Bee by Laughing Kids Learn. It gives toddlers and preschoolers a nice fine motor workout!

Bee paper plate craft

If you love this list, make sure you pin these paper plate animal crafts to come back to whenever you need a crafty activity for some quality time with the kids.

Paper plate animals. Easy paper plate crafts for kids.

Which of these adorable paper plate animals are you going to try first?!

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