Since it is summer vacation, I thought we better get back at our book projects. We kicked off the summer with the book “Hiccopotomus” by Aaron Zenz. This is a cute rhyming book using mostly nonsense words. This hippopotamus hiccuped and fell on his bottomus (get the picture).
I found this paper plate hippo on I Heart Crafty Things. Check out Rachel’s blog — so many cute things!! It is one of my favorites! This project takes some time since you have to wait for paint to dry in between steps.
2 paper plates
White Cardstock Paper
2 Large Wiggly Eyes
Pink Craft Paint
Purple Craft Paint
First, slightly cut the edges of each paper plate to make them more of an oval shape. Also, fold one paper plate in half.
Now it is time to start painting!
Paint one plate all purple (or grey) and the other plate half purple. After that dries paint the inside of the folded plate pink. This will make the hippo’s mouth.
Now add the details. I cut the ears, nostrils and teeth from white cardstock paper. We ended up painting the ears with the purple paint to match the rest of the hippo. You could also use purple cardstock. Fold the end of each tooth slightly to create a tab to glue them to the inside of the mouth. Glue the bottom teeth close together and the top teeth further apart so the mouth will close. Glue the folded mouth to the other plate and the wiggly eyes on. Last, use the black marker to make dots on the mouth.