What Pet Should I Get? Inspired Paper Plate Pets

We were so excited to learn about the newly discovered classic Dr Seuss story, What Pet Should I Get?  We just had to come up with a fun preschool craft to do after reading the story, so we made our very own paper plate pets (they are so much easier to look after than the real thing).

dr seuss what pet should i get animal paper plates

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What Pet Should I Get? is a must have read for all Dr Seuss fans! It charts the story of a brother and sister who visit a pet store and have to make the difficult choice of which pet to get. But which one do they choose?

What Pet Should I Get? Paper Plate Pets

Before starting this activity with my 3 year old daughter, I prepared all of the materials we needed to make a dog, a cat, a goldfish and a rabbit.

I then set all of the materials out for her and let her take control of painting, gluing and sticking her paper plate pets together.

For the painting part of each of her pets, Bella used a sponge to dab and smear the paint over the paper plates.

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How to Make a Paper Plate Dog

You will need:

  • 2 doggy ears
  • 1 doggy nose
  • 2 googly eyes

paper plate dog

How to Make Paper Plate Cat

You will need

  • 2 black triangles for the outside of the ears.
  • 2 smaller pink triangles for the inside of the ears.
  • A white pipe cleaner cut into 3 pieces for the whiskers.
  • Pink pom-pom for the nose.
  • 2 googly eyes.

I helped Bella to attach the pipe cleaner whiskers and pink pom-pom nose using double sided sticky tape.

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paper plate cat

You might also like our Old Mcdonald TP Roll Farm Animals.

How to Make a Paper Plate Goldfish

You will need

  • an orange tail and fin
  • 1 large googly eye

paper plate fish

You could also make our Bubble Wrap Paper Plate Goldfish Bowl Craft.

How to Make a Paper Plate Rabbit

You will need to cut out

  • White and pink shapes for the ears
  • Snip a black pipe-cleaner into 3 pieces and twist it together to make some whiskers
  • A pink pom-pom for the nose
  • 2 googly eyes.

paper plate rabbit

This activity provides the perfect opportunity to talk to your pre-schooler about

  • The different types of pets that you can get.
  • How important it is to take care of your pets.
  • Ask them about what their favourite type of pets are.

paper plate pets

My kids would all love a pet of their own, but my husband and I are not ready for that kind of commitment yet, so they will have to be content with pretend ones for now. And let’s face it pretend one are much easier to look after!

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For even more What Pet Should I Get? Activities, check out the rest of the posts in this blog hop:

What Pet Should  Get? Match the Pets Preschool Learning Game from Sunny Day Family

What Pet Should I Get? Book Activity from Mom Inspired Life

What Pet Should I Get? Decision Making and Graphing for Preschoolers  from Playground Parkbench

What Pet Should I Get Guessing Game from Munchkins & Moms

What Pet Should I Get: A Read Aloud from Our Good Life


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  • Erin Buhr August 7, 2015, 7:50 pm

    This is so cute! I haven’t seen this book yet but I’m going to look for it now!

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