When those cute marsupials become the big thing in your household, why not make a paper plate koala or kangaroo costume. Not only are they easy to make but you could use this tutorial to make any marsupial. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn about pouched animals!
What you’ll need:
- Two paper plates
- hole punch
- Stick tape
- hair clips or bobby pins (for the ears)
How to make these paper plate animal costumes
- Paint two paper plates. The colour you use to paint will depend on the animal you decide to make but hey, you can make a multicoloured koala if you like!
- Once the paint is dry, cut one of the plates in half.
- Staple one of the paper plate halves to the full circle plate creating the pouch.
- Hole punch the sides of the paper plate pouch and add enough string to tie at the back of your child. Secure this area with some sticky tape. I found that it would rip otherwise.
- Cut the remaining paper plate half into the shape of the ears. Rounded for koala and triangular for a kangaroo.
- Hole punch the bottom of the ears. This i where you’ll thread the hair clip through to secure them to your child’s hair. You can use bobby pins too.
Add a joey to the pouch and they are ready to play koala or kangaroo.
Learning about marsupials using the Koala and Kangaroo Costumes
My children learn a lot through play and so while we were playing I gently brought in these facts about marsupials.
- All marsupial babies are called joeys
- Marsupials give birth to under developed young that have to climb into a pouch. See it in action here.
- Koalas have a backward facing pouch (hence why that koala is coming from the bottom of the pouch in the photo. I had to be accurate!)
- List all the marsupials you can think of – Kangaroo, Koala, Tasmanian Devil, Wallaby, Quoll, Bilby, Wombat, just to name a few common of the ones.
We had a lovely time playing with our animal paper plate costumes this weekend. It’s inspired a lot of play and a lot of learning.