Fun Paper Plate Grinch Craft for Kids

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By In The Playroom

It’s that whimsically wacky time of year when our hearts grow three sizes with holiday cheer. So, what better way to channel our inner Whoville spirit than with a super fun, Grinch-themed paper plate craft that’s just perfect for those chilly afternoons indoors?

Get ready to paint, cut, and create with a craft that’s as green as the Grinch himself!

This activity is perfect for kiddos aged 4 and up, with younger ones able to take part with a little help from their grown-up sidekicks, of course.

make a paper plate grinch craft with free printable template

So grab your supplies, and let’s get crafting!

Ready to get your craft on? We have a free printable Grinch craft template to make this fun Grinch craft even easier and here’s what you’ll need from your craft cupboard..

grinch craft supplies and materials

a pair of paper plates as the canvas for our grinning Grinch, a splash of vibrant green paint to capture his iconic hue, a reliable paintbrush for broad strokes and fine lines, and scissors to shape his cheeky contours.

You’ll need glue to piece together your masterpiece and a kaleidoscope of construction paper in green and red for all those colorful details that bring him to life.

And, of course, don’t forget the red felt paper—it’s essential for crafting that notorious Grinch hat that tops off your creation with a dash of holiday flair!

(Download the free printable Grinch template at the end of this blog post)

Let’s Make a Moving Grinch Paper Plate Craft

Moving Paper Plate Grinch Craft
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Moving Paper Plate Grinch Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Gather 'round, craft lovers! It's time to sprinkle some holiday magic with a playful Grinch-themed paper plate craft.

Perfect for kids of all ages, this craft transforms simple materials like paper plates, green paint, construction paper, and a popsicle stick into a mischievous, moving Grinch!

As you paint, cut, and glue, you’ll not only craft a whimsical Grinch complete with his trademark smirk and red hat but also create giggles and memories.

This easy, interactive project is more than just a craft—it's a puppet, a festive ornament, and a delightful way to bring the story of the Grinch into your home.

So let your imaginations bloom and your family time shine with this heartwarming holiday activity. Happy crafting!


  • Paper plate
  • Green paint (acrylic or tempera paint are both fine - whichever you prefer)
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Red felt paper


  • Printer for the template (optional)


  1. Begin by painting one paper plate green. While it's drying, talk about the Grinch's transformation from grumpy to gleeful - just like our craft will transform from simple supplies to a magical creation!
  2. Take the second plate, cut a segment out and give it a coat of green too. This will be added to the front of the craft
  3. Now, prepare to cut out the Grinch's features using the templates provided. Think pointy fingers and that classic Grinch smirk!
  4. Trace the templates to the corresponding colors of construction paper and cut out
  5. With a pen, add those necessary details to bring his face to life
  6. Glue the santa hat on top of the grinch
  7. Then attach it to a popsicle stick – this will be your magic wand to make the Grinch move!
  8. Prepare some festive decorations for the top of your craft - maybe some holly or baubles. Let your little ones get creative here! We used green construction paper to make a garland
  9. Cut the gardland shape from the dark green construction paper
  10. Cut some bauble shapes
  11. And assemble it together
  12. Glue this to the top of the full green paper plate which should now be dry
  13. Don't forget to add the Grinch's signature red hat at the back of the scene.
  14. Place the cut and painted paper plate above the hat to frame that grinning face. Glue it down, leaving a small gap for the grinch's popscicle stick to fit through
  15. The grand finale: insert your Grinch on the stick, and let him wiggle and jiggle to your heart's content!

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Download Free Printable Grinch Craft Template PDF

Click below for your free download of the printable grinch template in PDF form.

This file is free for personal use and classroom use, and not available for commercial use or redistribution.

This Grinch craft is a blast to make and even more fun to play with after. It’s not just a craft; it’s a puppet, a decoration, and a great way to engage in some storytelling!

So there you have it, folks – an easy, festive craft that’s sure to add some giggle-inducing moments to your holiday. It’s a perfect activity for family bonding and for kids to show off their creativity.

christmas grinch craft for kids inspired by dr Seuss

Plus, every time you see your wiggling Grinch, you’ll remember the laughter and joy of creating something together. Keep the fun going, and maybe even put on the Grinch movie as you craft.

Happy crafting, everyone – and remember, the Grinch’s heart isn’t the only thing that can grow this season – so can our imagination and family memories!

easy and fun moving grinch paper plate and popsicle stick grinch craft

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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.

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