If you have crafty kids, they will love making a panda bear out of paper plates and construction paper. This is a fairly easy craft that is good for kids of all ages. The younger kids will be able to keep up with the project and the older kids will not get bored!
Click here to see what a paper plate panda can look like.
To make this panda, you will need white paper plates, black construction paper, 2 wiggle eyes (or you can make eyes from construction paper or use buttons), red construction paper for a bow, a black marker, and other craft supplies such as scissors, glue, etc.
You need to cut out two eye sockets, a nose, two arms, two ears, and two feet from black construction paper. You can use this template to complete this task. Cut the bow from red construction paper. Alternately, you can use a red ribbon bow.
Cut about 1/2 inch off the outer rim on one paper plate. Then glue the eye sockets and the and the nose piece on the plate, with the nose in the center of the plate (see here). Glue the wiggle eyes or buttons onto the eye sockets. Draw on a mouth with a black marker and you can also draw some eyebrows.
Turn the other paper plate upside down so the rounded part of the plate is facing up. Glue the arms to the top of the plate. Be sure you glue the shoulders on the back of the plate but keep the paws to the front of the plate. Then glue the feet to the bottom of the paper plate. Glue the bow tie about 2 inches from the top of the paper plate. You can see a sample here. If you want to make a girl panda, glue the bow to the top of the head.
Finally, glue the head to the body. Then paint on some white dots on the paws to look like toes. Or you can cut small white circles and glue them on to make toes. See this finished project again to see the placement of the body parts and the white toes.
You can make mini paper plate panda by using the small, dessert size paper plates. You can also make the arms moveable by using paper fasteners to attach the shoulders to the paper plates instead of glue. Try drawing the mouth and eyebrows in different directions for different facial expressions.