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Paper Plate Koala Craft For Kids [Free Template]

When you think of Australian animals, what’s one of the top animals that comes to mind?

For us, it’s koalas and kangaroo, which is exactly why we’re sharing this paper plate koala craft for kids!

It’s perfect for making if the kids are learning about Australia, the letter K, or just because it’s their favorite animal.

We’re adding this craft to our ever growing collection of zoo animal crafts for kids, so be sure to check that page out for even more great ideas!

This craft is simple and lets your kids’ creativity flow. There’s painting, cutting and gluing so they’ll be using their hands and working on fine motor skills.

Be sure to download our free printable template to make this craft even easier. It’s perfect for creating with preschool, kindergarten, and elementary children.

Easy Koala Craft

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

Supplies

Directions

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

hand holding paper plate koala craft template

Begin by painting the paper plate in a thin coat of gray paint. Let dry completely before moving on.

hand painting paper plate gray

Place the koala head template on the dry paper plate, trace, and cut out.

hand tracing template onto paper plate

Glue the koala’s eyes slightly above the center line of the head.

hand gluing eye to paper plate koala

Next, glue the mouth to the middle of the plate so the top part of it is slightly overlapping the bottom of the eyes.

hand gluing mouth to paper plate koala

Take the nose and glue it just above the mouth.

hand gluing nose to paper plate koala

Glue the cheeks just below and to the side of the eyes.

hand gluing cheek to paper plate koala

Finish the koala’s ears by gluing the pink inner ear to the gray outer ear. Tape or glue the completed ear to the top, back of the koala’s head.

hand gluing inner ear to outer ear of paper plate koala craft
hand gluing ears to paper plate koala craft

Now your child has a cute koala craft they can show off to the whole family!

Zoo Animal Preschool Theme

If you’re planning a zoo animal unit for your preschool or kindergarten kids, we’ve got some great ideas to get you started.

First, we’re giving you some of our favorite zoo animal crafts. Don’t forget that crafts are not only fun but they’re also great for helping children learn valuable skills like scissor skills, following directions, focus, and more!

two paper plate koala crafts

A few of our reader’s favorite animal crafts include the following:

hand holding paper plate koala craft

Need some educational based activities to do?

Try out these zoo animal worksheets for preschool. They’re loaded with fun and engaging printables that will help children with letter recognition, counting, patterns, and more.

Kids who love problem solving will have a blast doing these animal I Spy printables.

Even the youngest preschoolers will have fun with the animal do a dot printables.

Want some open-ended play? Grab a few supplies and make this zoo animal sensory bin!

These ideas are a great start to your zoo animal unit!

paper plate koala craft

Books are a great way to get even further in a theme! On top of that, reading to kids helps them develop a stronger vocabulary and helps them learn to focus. It’s a win win situation!

The Fascinating Animal Book For Kids is a great book for curious kiddos! Find facts on almost any animal your child is learning about. This is a great resource to have in your home library collection.

The View At The Zoo is a silly book about all the animals at the zoo. When the people come to take a look at the animals, they see all sorts of sights! But, there’s a twist to this book that you have to read for yourself and laugh about!

Giraffes Can’t Dance is a sweet and fun book about Gerald the Giraffe. He can’t dance, but doesn’t stop trying! He finally finds his own rhythm when he meets an unlikely friend.

Sensory activities are also another activity you’ll want to incorporate into your zoo animal theme.This zoo sensory bin is perfect for letting the kids have some independent playtime.

These felt zoo animals with world maps are an amazing educational resource that is great for engaging children and teaching about animals all around the world!

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Share With Us

Did you make this craft with your kids or students? We’d love to feature them on our social media!

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!

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two paper plate koala crafts

Paper Plate Koala Craft

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this adorable paper plate koala craft when learning about Australian animals or the letter K.

Materials

  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Tape (optional)
  • Koala template

Instructions

  1. Download the koala template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin by painting the paper plate in a thin coat of gray paint. Let dry completely before moving on.
  3. Place the koala head template on the dry paper plate, trace, and cut out.
  4. Glue the koala's eyes slightly above the center line of the head.
  5. Next, glue the mouth to the middle of the plate so the top part of it is slightly overlapping the bottom of the eyes.
  6. Take the nose and glue it just above the mouth.
  7. Glue the cheeks just below and to the side of the eyes.
  8. Finish the koala's ears by gluing the pink inner ear to the gray outer ear. Tape or glue the completed ear to the top, back of the koala's head.

Free Koala Template

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Sherry

Thursday 22nd of July 2021

Koala template

Sam

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of the post to have the link sent to you 🙂

Kim

Thursday 15th of July 2021

Gorgeous!Please can I have a copy?

Sam

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of post to have the link sent to you 🙂

Becky

Saturday 10th of July 2021

template

Sam

Monday 12th of July 2021

To get the template, please enter your email in the form at the end of post (above the comments) to have the link sent to you :)

Debbie

Thursday 8th of July 2021

Thank you!

Sam

Friday 9th of July 2021

You're welcome!

Shaak

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Cute Craft!

Sam

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Thank you so much!

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