contributed by Leanne Guenther
This adorable walrus craft uses a printable template and a paper plate to make a project suitable for an ocean animals, mammals, or letter W theme or just for fun.
If you cut out holes instead of using the template eyes, you can convert your walrus craft to a walrus mask. Attach a paint stir stick or tongue depressor to allow your child to hold it up to their face.
- brown or grey paint and paintbrush.
- paper plate,
- something to color with (or color printer),
- Optional: You can substitute large wiggly eyes for the template eyes.
- Optional FOR MASK: Paint Stir Stick, thin strip of wood or Tongue Depressor
- Paint the bottom of the paper plate grey or brown.
- Print out the craft template of choice.
- Color (if using the black and white version of the craft) and cut out the template pieces. Most of the pieces are simple enough shapes for young children to cut out, but if needed, an adult can help with some of the harder pieces (the eyebrows and the hair).
- Glue the pieces to the plate to make a walrus face:
- Glue the mouth onto the bottom of the face.
- Glue the tusks onto either side of the mouth so the pointy ends are facing down.
- Glue the "mustache" onto the face so it slightly overlaps the mouth and the tusks.
- Glue the hair onto the center top of the head.
- Glue the eyes onto the mask (or cut out holes for eyes in a mask).
- Glue the eyebrows above the eyes.
- Glue the nose under the eyes so it overlaps the mustache.
- Optional: If making a mask, use masking tape or duct tape to attach a thin strip of wood, a Tongue Depressor or Paint Stir Stick (often free at paint supply and home repair stores -- no more than $1 -- we get dad to pick one up now and then when he's at home depot admiring the tools *grin*)