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Paper Plate Humpback Whale Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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Whales seem to be incredibly mesmerizing to children, and with good reason too!

Their giant size and unique look make them an ocean animal favorite.

Kids who love whales will want to make this cute paper plate Humpback whale craft! It’s a fun whale craft for kids.

Take some time this summer (it’s great before a beach vacation) and make this easy whale craft.

Check out our quick video tutorial and then be sure to download the free printable template!

Humpback Whale Craft For Kids

paper plate whale craft image collage with the words paper plate whale in the middle

Supplies

  • Paper Plate
  • Blue paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Whale template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the whale template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

paper plate whale template

Paint the paper plate in 1 or 2 thin coats of paint. Let dry completely before moving on.

hand painting paper plate blue

Place the whale head template on the paper plate, trace, and cut it out.

Take the belly pieces and use a blue gray marker to draw curved lines along it from top to bottom.

hand drawing lines on whale belly

Position the belly along the bottom of the whale head and glue it down.

hand gluing belly onto paper plate whale craft

Glue the eyes on either side of the head, then glue the cheeks slightly below the eyes.

hand gluing eye onto paper plate whale craft
hand gluing cheek onto paper plate whale craft

Use a black marker to draw a smile in between the eyes.

hand drawing mouth on paper plate whale craft

Flip the paper plate over and use tape to attach the fins to the bottom and outside of the head. You can also use glue, but tape holds better and is faster.

hand taping fins to paper plate whale craft

Finish off the craft by gluing the whale’s tail to the top, middle of the whale head.

hand gluing tail onto paper plate whale craft

Isn’t this one cute little whale?! We think your kids will love it!

hands holding paper plate whale craft

More Ocean Ideas For Kids

We love borrowing books from the library or buying some to add to our home collection. Reading is a great way to introduce a new unit and as you know, has tremendous benefits! Below are some of the top rated ocean books for kids!

The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!

Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.

The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!

2 paper plate whale crafts

Want more craft ideas? We have you covered with lots more ideas! Check out some of our favorites below:

paper plate whale craft

This ocean sensory bin is great for when you want something done for you. If you prefer the DIY route, try out this frozen ocean sensory bin.

Another fun option is this ocean play dough set. It’s sparkly and comes with several cool fish!

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For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

More Ocean Ideas For Kids

2 paper plate whale crafts

Paper Plate Humpback Whale Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This paper plate whale is a cute ocean craft for kids!

Materials

  • Paper Plate
  • Blue paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Whale template

Instructions

  1. Download the whale template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Paint the paper plate in 1 or 2 thin coats of paint. Let dry completely before moving on.
  3. Place the whale head template on the paper plate, trace, and cut it out.
  4. Take the belly pieces and use a blue gray marker to draw curved lines along it from top to bottom.
  5. Position the belly along the bottom of the whale head and glue it down.
  6. Glue the eyes on either side of the head, then glue the cheeks slightly below the eyes.
  7. Use a black marker to draw a smile in between the eyes.
  8. Flip the paper plate over and use tape to attach the fins to the bottom and outside of the head. You can also use glue, but tape holds better and is faster.
  9. Finish off the craft by gluing the whale's tail to the top, middle of the whale head.

Free Whale Template

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