Happy Hippos

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What better way to finish off a story reading of George and Martha, than by making hippos!  This craft was very fun and a bit yummy too since a couple of the marshmallows ended up in the boys’ bellies instead of on the plate.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper Plates
  • Light Blue Construction Paper
  • Pink Construction Paper
  • Light blue and black crayons
  • Scissors
  • School Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Marshmallows
  • Large Googly Eyes
  • Black Marker

Prep work:  Cut a full sheet of construction paper (turned horizontally) down to create a wide mouth shape for the hippo (see photo below).  Using a Sharpie or black marker, draw the borders of the nostrils and an open mouth.  Cut two ear shapes out of the light blue paper and two slightly smaller ear shapes from the pink construction paper.  Cut the marshmallow in half (length-wise) to use as the teeth.

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Have your kids color the backside of a paper plate with a light blue or gray crayon.

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Next, have them color in the nostrils and the open mouth on the hippo with a black crayon.

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Next, glue the mouth piece of paper onto the bottom half of the colored paper plate.

IMG_4991Next have the kids position the cut marshmallows as teeth in the hippos mouth.
We didn’t even need glue for this since our “teeth” were quite sticky.

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The mouth area should look like this once the teeth are attached.

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Next, have your kids glue the pink inner ear to the gray larger ear.  Let dry just a bit.

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Have your child add the eyes to the paper plate using school glue.

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Here is what you should have so far:

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Finally, using school glue,  add the ears gluing them to the underneath side of the paper plate.
I added eyelashes to my hippo to bring out her girly side a bit.

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Author: Rachel Skvaril
Sugar Artist
Fondant Flinger

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