Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Paper Plate Cow

William's cow.  He had a lot of help placing the pieces to glue.

Natalie's cow.  She did it almost completely by herself.  I love how she painted on eyes and a mouth and the alternating colors on the legs. 
We hosted a Sandra Boynton play date which mostly focused on farm animals from Barnyard Dance. I planned for us to make paper plate cows, but we ran out of time, so I did them with the kids later on our own. 

What You Need:
  • paper plate
  • card stock
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • printer (if using cow template like I did)
  • brown and/or black paint
  • circle stampers or sponges

What to do:
  1. Before hand, print (or draw) the cow parts.  
  2. Cut out the pieces.  Chances are your child is too young to cut all the pieces out well, so I recommend doing this in advance, too.  
  3. First, glue the cow pieces on to the plate.  
  4. Paint on spots.  

William hugging his cow.
  • If you need less mess, you could cut out construction paper spots to glue on instead.  
  • Draw a face.
  • Glue on googly eyes.
  • Glue on a few strands of Easter basket grass, real grass, or cut construction paper to the mouth.
  • Cut out a paper bell and glue it on the neck.  
  • Tie a real bell on with a piece of yarn or ribbon.  
  • Add an utter (with pink construction paper or pink paint)
  • Read some cow books!  Barnyard Dance, Counting Cows, Click Clack Moo, Cow Loves Cookies, Kiss the Cow, etc.
  • Count the spots.
  • Talk about (compare and contrast) the size and shape of the spots.  
  • Identify the parts of the cow.  Point out the ones people have versus the ones only cows / animals have.   
  • Go to the farm and see some cows!
  • Sing Old MacDonald. 
  • Name your cow and write the name on a collar or bell. 
  • Have your story dictate a story about your cow as you transcribe.  If you hang up the cow, hang the story with it. 


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