We love following the Chinese New Year calendar to learn all about the animal of the year and what that animal symbolizes. It’s just so interesting to learn about what to expect in the coming year and also a fun way to get the kids involved. With 2015 being the year of the goat (or sheep/ram), what better way to celebrate with small kids than by creating a fun goat-themed craft?!
2015 is said to be a year of favorable changes compared to the past — so expect good things to come!
And because my 2.5 year old loves all-things animals, we decided to create a paper plate goat to ring in the new year.
- Paper plate
- Construction paper
Have your child paint the paper plate grey while you gather the remaining supplies. My toddler loves painting so I always let him enjoy the process…despite how messy it can get. As long as you have washable paint on hand, it shouldn’t be too stressful.
Once dry, cut out the various features you will need for the goat’s face: eyes, eyebrows, mouth, nose, beard, hair and horns.
I used Elmer’s Glue to attach the features to the plate. And your done! The hardest part of this craft is probably cutting out all the shapes you’ll need, but it’s pretty basic, but makes such a cute goat to help your kids learn about animals and celebrate the new year.
If you’re feeling a bit more creative, you can add a colorful banner with the year or even add a stick to the plate and cut out holes around the eyes to make a goat “party mask”. Either way the kids will love creating and playing with the paper goat!
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