Want to make a cute animal craft with your kids? This narwhal paper plate craft is easy enough for preschoolers and kindergarteners.
This paper plate craft is a great way to help your kids strengthen fine motor skills as they lace the edges of the plates.
Narwhals are fascinating creatures! Who doesn’t love a whale with a unicorn horn? Your kids will love making this fun craft!
Add it to your ocean, animal, winter, or letter Nn preschool and kindergarten lesson plans.
Narwhal Paper Plate Craft
Teach your kids a little bit about narwhals before starting this fun craft.
- Most narwhals can be found in the Canadian Arctic.
- Narwhals can live up to 50 years!
- Their babies are called calves.
- Most narwhals with tusks are males.
- The long, spiraled tusk of a narwhal can grow up to 10 feet long!
What You’ll Need
- 2 paper plates
- 1 small piece of gold paper
- Yellow yarn
- Blue yarn
- colored pencils (green, blue, light blue teal and purple)
- tape (optional)
- google eye
- black marker
What You’ll Do
To get started on the narwhal paper plate, first color the two plates.
To get a multi-colored effect, use the light blue colored pencil and create long strokes across the paper in a random pattern, leaving some sections white. Repeat will all the colors, using the blue pencils the most and the purple and green sparingly.
Fold one plate in half and draw half an egg shape. Cut the egg shape out and keeping the plate folded, hole punch around the edge.
Fold the other plate in half and draw two half hearts along the fold.
Cut these out and keeping the paper plate folded, hole punch along the edge.
Unfold the hearts, cut one heart down the middle on the fold, this will be the narwhal’s fin.
Place the edge of the fin on top of the plate, along the folded edge. Mark the fin holes with a pencil, then hole punch them.
Now, let’s lace!
TIP: Put a piece of tape around the edge of the yarn. This makes lacing it so much easier & prevents the edge from fraying.
Start by going through the fin and taping in place. Lace around the rounded edge of the fin.
To attach the fin to the body, lace through the corner hole, then through the top of the narwhal’s body, around the back of the body and back up through the body and fin. Repeat.
Remove the tape and tie the loose ends together. You can now lift the fin & write, “Hi”.
Let’s make the horn next. Cut a slender triangle out of gold paper and hole punch along the border.
Line up the horn with the narwhal’s body so the holes somewhat match.
Lace through both to secure the horn to the narwhal’s body. Continue lacing around the body until you reach the tail.
Just like the horn, match up the tail with the body. Lace both together to secure the tail to the body. Finish lacing the whole body.
Go back and lace around the border of the tail fin. Use yellow yarn to lace through the holes on the horn as well.
Finish the narwhal with a jumbo google eye and a cute smile. The narwhal is ready wave, HI to anyone he meets!
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT NARWHALS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about narwhals. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Not Quite Narwhal – Growing up in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family. Sure, he’s always been a little bit different—his tusk isn’t as long, he’s not as good of a swimmer, and he really doesn’t enjoy the cuisine. Then one night, an extra strong current sweeps Kelp to the surface, where he spots a mysterious creature that looks just like him…
I’m a Narwhal – With lots of endearing and interesting information and bright illustrations, young readers will be eager to jump into this underwater adventure time and time again!
What Is a Narwhal? – “What is that?” is one of our favorite questions from curious little minds! In this fun little lift-a-flap book, we explore fun facts about narwhals, an arctic whale with very distinctive features. Is that a horn, like a unicorn? No, it’s actually a tooth!
RESOURCES I LOVE
This rainbow narwhal BINGO game set is a perfect activity for a birthday party, classroom activity or family gathering! The instant download printable comes with 30 unique BINGO cards & calling pieces so everyone can join in the fun.
You’ll love this set of 15 pairs of hand stamped and colored narwhal images make this a fun and interesting game for your child. Use this narwhal matching game to build your child’s concentration, memory and language skills, and have fun doing it!