8. Endangered Animal Paper Hand Puppets…The Rhinoceros

8. Endangered Animal Paper Hand Puppets…The Rhinoceros

African Rhinos (Black and White) are currently endangered. Poached for their horns and habitat loss are huge threats to both species. Did you know White Rhinos are not just an important animal to protect, through their extensive grazing they help shape the landscape which promotes a balanced ecosystem. We are hoping to inspire young people through these creative activities and educate them at the same time. Let’s keep raising issues facing our planet and the animals that inhabit it.

Visit wwf.org.uk to find out more about these amazing animals and many more endangered species.

Follow these simple steps to make your own paper hand puppet Rhino.  

It’s up to you how you’d like to colour your card, but we’ve used tape on watercolour paper, this is such a fun activity and very rewarding when you peel back the tape to reveal the patterns left behind.

You will need: 

  • A3 White Card or Watercolour Paper
  • Watercolour paint or acrylic
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Stapler

Step 1
Lay the tape across your paper in different directions. Long pieces, short pieces, as you like.

Step 2
Paint over the taped surface to cover your A3 paper. Once dry peal off some of the strips to reveal the white below. This technique is to add pattern and texture to your Rhino, you can decorate as you like or just paint without using the tape.

Step 3
Using a ruler and your pencil, divide 3/4 of your sheet into 5 or 6 strips. Roughly 2cm, 3cm, 4cm, 3cm, 2cm, 1cm (getting larger and then smaller again). Cut out your strips.

Step 4
Fold each strip into a circle and staple to secure, starting with your first circle of roughly 2cm diameter and increasing the size of the circle slightly to the middle of your Rhino body so that each circle fits into the next, then reduce the diameter to the tail end.

Step 5
Slip each circle into the next and staple together one at a time until you have a secure Rhino body. Now for the head, cut another piece of your original paper and fold into a cone shape, use a stapler to secure your cone. Make sure your cone can slide into the body.

Step 6
Slide the cone head into the body and secure with glue. Now roll 2 pieces into tight cones for the horns (one long and one short). Secure the horns on the end of the Rhinos nose. Cut out 2 ears and glue onto the head as shown.

Step 7
Roll 4 tubes with remaining card, add glue to secure, fold the top and glue under your Rhinos belly.  
Once your rhino is complete take him outside for a graze on the lawn!

Hope you enjoyed making your very own paper hand puppet Rhino!