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Year Of The Monkey Paper Plate Craft

Chinese New Year, Year of the monkey paper plate mask craft for kids

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I am half Vietnamese. When our daughter was born, it was important to me that to be able to teach her a little bit about that part of her culture.

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That is why I love family gatherings & holidays with my family. She gets to enjoy the food, listen to the language & observe the traditions. Next month, we will celebrate the Lunar New Year. We will welcome in the year of the monkey.

If you are born in the Year of The Monkey, you’re said to possess characteristics such as curiosity, cleverness, and mischievousness. You are also considered to be a bit of a practical joker.

To learn more about the Chinese zodiac animals, check out Chinese Zodiac Animals.

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Since we love paper plate masks, we decided to add another to our collection.

Paper Plate Year of the Monkey Mask

Sketch out the shape of your monkey’s face.

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Paint inside the shape with a light brown and paint outside the shape in dark brown & let dry.

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When the paint is dried, cut ears out of construction paper, glue the ears and googly eyes onto your plate. Draw in your nose & mouth. Glue a Popsicle stick to the bottom of your mask.

Paper Plate Monkey Mask craft for kids

We added a few festive embellishments to our monkey using a silver marker.

Chinese New Year, Year of the monkey paper plate mask craft for kids

Mai began her monkey the same as me, but then decided that my monkey needed food instead and painted a plate of bananas with Nutella.  The monkey was grateful.

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Halloween Paper Plate Silhouette Crafts

I have been thinking about Halloween a lot this week. I realized that I had a little planning to do after my daughter informed me that she would like to be a princess witch this year. September is more than halfway through and Halloween is sneaking up on us quickly. With Halloween on the brain, it inspired us to make a few paper plate crafts. I love silhouettes. There us something so beautiful and haunting about them, which makes them perfect for Halloween. These Halloween silhouettes are an easy craft for all ages.

Halloween Paper Plate Silhouettes with printable template . Choose from a black cat, a witch or bat silhouettes - Halloween arts and crafts for kids.

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Paper Bowl Animal Crafts

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With all of the snow we’ve been getting, it has been driving everyone a little stir crazy. Mommy has been racking her brain for fun activities to do with the munchkin while we are snowbound. Mai flipped over one of her bowls the other day & told me that it was a turtle shell. She inspired this evenings crafts with her clever observation. We are always painting & crafting with paper plates, but what about paper bowls for a little more dimension?

What you will need:

Paper bowls

Construction paper or foam boards (we used foam)

Glue

Scissors

Paint & brushes

Pen or marker

Directions for the turtle:

Lay your bowl on top of your paper/foam board draw out your head,eyes & your arms to a desired size.

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Cut out your shapes.

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Set your shapes aside.

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Paint your bowl green.

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Draw lines in a darker shade of green over the top to give it a look of a turtle shell.

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Mai painted her own too.

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Let your little artist add glue to the turtle pieces

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Glue your pieces together & watch your little one cheer with excitement at her masterpiece. Let dry well before moving. Use pressure if needed to hold pieces in place while drying.

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Mai’s Turtle

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Mommy’s Turtle

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We had so much fun making our turtle, here are some other animal crafts we came up with.

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High fives for crafts well done.

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