Paper Plate Seahorse

Make a cool seahorse using only a few paper plates.

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Participant Age: Under 7
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes
Difficulty:
Physical Challenge:
  • Markers
  • 3 or 4 yellow paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Cut Out Shapes

Cut out head, tail, and fin shapes from paper plates.


Attach Head to Body

Tape an uncut paper plate (this will be the body) to the back of the head. Roll up a small piece of tape—sticky side out—and sandwich it between the back of the head and the front of the body to keep the head in place.

Attach Tail and Fin
  • Tape the tail to the back of the body.
  • Tape the fin to the back of the body. Again, roll up a small piece of tape—sticky side out—and sandwich it between the back of the body and the front of the fin to keep the fin in place.
Add Eye

Cut out an eye shape from a paper plate scrap and tape it in place, white side up. Use a marker to color in a pupil. Also, use markers to add spots or stripes to the seahorse.

Make an Undersea World

Optional: Create an entire undersea world in your child's room by making several brightly colored seahorses. Punch a hole in the top of each seahorse head. Tie a string through the hole. Suspend the seahorses from the ceiling. Tape crepe-paper streamers from the ceiling for the seahorses to drift through.


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