This paper plate sloth craft is unique and fun to make. And once you create your sloth, make make him some friends. It could be more sloths or other animals in the jungle. Then you can play away and tell stories using your new craft creations.
You’re Going to Want to Make EVERY SINGLE Paper Plate Animal Craft in this Collection with Your Kids…
Fun Facts about Sloths
- There are two types of sloths in the world, two-toed and three-toed.
- Sloths have a very low metabolism, and they don’t need to eat much each day.
- Most of their day is spent hanging in trees.
- As you probably already know, slothes move VERY slowly. Plus they sleep around 15 to 20 hours a day.
- Their slow pace helps them to survive in the wild.
To learn even more about slothes, check out this article by the World Wildlife Federation.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 2 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
- Brown paint
- Construction paper
- Glue stick
- Googly eyes
- Sloth craft template
Crafting with your kids has so many amazing benefits, but I know that it’s often difficult to find time to create together. Life is busy! So, we’ve taken another approach to simplify the process and remove the speed bumps. Instead of using anything in the world to make our craft projects, we stick to a master list of supplies that fit into one bag. Once you fill your bag, you’re ready to craft along. It’s so simple but leads to amazing results and hours of creativity with your kids.
Combine Reading with Crafting
The best way I know to elevate the crafting experience is to add reading a good book. Here are a few of our favorite books for kids about sloths.
Save this Paper Plate Craft for later. Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…
How to make a Paper Plate Sloth Craft
Step 1: Paint the Plates
- Lay out some newspaper on your crafting surface.
- Pinch a pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Place 2 paper plates on the newspaper, bottom side up.
- Paint the bottom of each plate with brown paint.
*If you really do not want to mess with paint, simply use crayons or markers to color your plates instead.
Step 2: Use the Sloth Craft Template
- Download and print the sloth craft template.
- Use the templates to cut out the parts for your sloth craft.
- Be sure to make 2 arms and 2 legs from matching brown paper, along with all of the pieces for the face.
Step 3: Build the Body
- Once your paint has dried, cut a tab in one of the paper plates about 2 inches wide and an inch or so deep.
- Fold the tab up.
- Overlap the 2 plates where the tab is located.
- Cover the tab with glue from your glue stick and attach it to the other plate.
- Press firmly for the glue to take hold.
Step 4: Make the Face of Your Sloth Craft
- Now glue the pieces of the sloth’s facetogether on the first plate as pictured.
- Add some googly eyes (or printable paper eyes if you prefer).
- Use markers to add other details, like a little smile.
Step 5: Add the Arms and Legs
- Glue the arms and legs of the sloth in place.
- We also cut small claws from construction paper and put them in place using the glue stick. *Remember, there are 2 toed or 3 toed.
Step 6: Add the Finishing Touches
- As a finishing touch, take the markers and add a few more details.
- We also cut some little touches from construction paper and put them in place, like rosy cheeks and a little heart on the body.
Now that you know how to make this paper plate sloth craft, really make it your own. We stuck to traditional colors for ours, but you can make your any colors you want, even yellow with pink polka dots or cover it in rainbows. Also add whatever details you want. Finally, make your sloth craft some friends, like a hippo or koala or tiger.
Or maybe your sloth would like a unicorn friend like in this video…