Letter H Craft: Hippo

Letter H Craft: Hippo Egg Carton Craft

What you’ll need to make the H is for hippo egg carton craft for each child:

2 egg cups

Purple paint

Pink paint

Purple paper



2 white pom poms

2 googly eyes

Letter H Craft: Hippo Egg Carton Craft Directions

The day before the kids do this project:

Cut around each egg cup so that they made perfect circles without any weird bumps or lumps. My egg cartons had a little line that I was able to cut across to make the perfectly round cups.
Cut out two ear shapes from the purple paper for each child.

Let the kids do this part:
Paint the outside of each cup purple and the inside pink. The two cups will become the hippo’s mouth. Let the paint dry.

  1. Paint the outside of each cup purple and the inside pink. The two cups will become the hippo’s mouth. Let the paint dry.
  2. When the paint is dry, glue the googly eyes to the front, the ears to the top, and the two pom poms inside the mouth to represent teeth.
  3. Glue the two egg cups together along the back.
    Although real hippos are fearsome and dangerous, these hippo egg carton craft is neither dangerous nor fearsome learning letter h craft.
  4. Open and close the hippo’s mouth to reveal it’s giant teeth!
  5. Talk about the letter H when making this craft. What things that start with H can the kids think of? Is there anything in the room that starts with H? Are there any kids with names that start with H?
    When the hippos are dry and complete, kids can take them home and show them off to mom and dad.


Madreen Karle and Meeghan Karle Mousaw
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle's Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle's Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created "sunshine moments" to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.

Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 7 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.

The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets. Over the last 7 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.