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Paper Plate Lion tutorial - Kiddie SangatHello, cute little thing 🙂 This cute paper plate lion craft is very easy to make and could also be combined with a calendar pad for New Year (and Sikh New Year – if you just rip off first two months from the calendar).

To make the paper plate lion you will need:

  • paper plate (any size, but not coated – it’s hard to glue anything on a coated plate)
  • orange and black card (black is optional)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • googly eyes (optional)
  • marker or dark felt tip
  • calendar pad (optional)


  • Cut up the orange card in strips
  • Glue the strips around the plate
  • Cut out the triangle for the nose out of the black card and glue it in place or just draw the nose with the marker
  • Glue on the googly eyes – or if you don’t have any – just draw them on
  • Add the calendar pad (optional)

We’ve made this craft for the New Years, but with the Sikh New Year just gone (14th March) you could use this craft to explain to children about the Sikh Calendar. Vaisakhi is NOT a Sikh New Year – the first month in the Sikh Calendar is Chet (starts 14th March) and Vaisakh is the second month (starts 14th April). Draw parallels to Chinese New Year as they must learn about it at nursery and school – it is celebrated in February.

You could get the children to go through the calendar and highlight the important dates in the year: Gurpurabs, family occasions etc.

Of course, the other application for this craft could be if you would like to talk about the Sikh identity and the meaning of Sikh names. Or if you are telling any sakhi that features a lion. For example, the story of Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji and the tiger.

See all of Kiddie Sangat animal craft ideas.

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