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Paper Plate Crafts for Children

November 4, 2017

If you have some left-over paper plates from a recent party or event, why not have fun and get crafty with your children or charges?

Make good use of your left over paper plates with these fun craft ideas…

Bunny Rabbit

Resources you will need:

  • A paper plate
  • 3 pink pipe cleaners
  • A pink pom pom
  • A pair of googly eyes
  • White card
  • Pink card
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots

Make use of your left over plate by creating your very own bunny. We had a go, and this is how ours turned out…

All you will need to do is…

  1. Grab a plate and turn it over
  2. Add a pair of googly eyes and secure a pink pom pom for the nose
  3. Grab your 3 pipe cleaners and cut in half to make 6
  4. Secure to the plate, 3 either side of the nose
  5. It is up to you how you decide to decorate, but don’t forget to draw on a mouth
  6. For the ears, cut out your desired shape on white card and the same shape but smaller onto pink card
  7. You should be left with 4 ears. Secure the pink ones onto the white card and attach to the top of your bunny rabbit
  8. Don’t forget to give your bunny a name!

Cow

Resources you will need:

  • A paper plate
  • Black card
  • Pink card
  • A pair of googly eyes
  • A pink pipe cleaner
  • Glue
  • Sellotape
  • Scissors

Make use of your left over plate by creating your very own cow. We had a go, and this is how ours turned out…

All you will need to do is…

  1. Grab some black card and cut out a number of different size and shape dots.
  2. Using the same black card, cut out 2 ear shapes. Once you have you 2 ears, grab a piece of pink card and cut out 2 of the same shapes smaller and stick onto the black card.
  3. With the same pink card, cut out a large oval shape to use as the mouth.
  4. Grab you paper plate to stick everything down
  5. At the bottom, secure the mouth down with glue and arrange the black spots around the plate. Secure these with glue and secure your ears either side too.
  6. Add a pair of googly eyes and the finer details, such as a mouth and a nose
  7. Don’t forget to give your cow a tail! Use a pink pipe cleaner and wrap around a pen to create the curl. When desired look has been created, secure to the back of the plate with sellotape.

Poppy

Resources you will need:

  • A paper plate
  • Red tissue paper
  • Black card
  • Scissors
  • Glue or glue dots

In remembrance of Remembrance Sunday, make use of your paper plate and create your very own poppy. We had a go, and this is how ours turned out…

All you will need to do is…

  1. Grab your plate and cut out 4 small triangles to give you a poppy like shape
  2. Once you have your shape, grab some red tissue paper. Simply tear off stripes, scrunch and stick down. This will need to be done to cover the entire plate.
  3. Using some black card, cut out a small black circle to stick in the middle of your poppy.

Weather Chart

Resources you will need:

  • A paper plate
  • A selection of coloured pens for decoration
  • Coloured card
  • A split pin
  • Scissors

Make use of your left over paper plate by creating your very own weather chart. A fun way for children to learn about the weather. We had a go and this is how ours turned out…

All you will need to do is:

  1. Grab your paper plate and draw on 2 lines – 1 down the middle and the other across to give you 4 sections
  2. In each section, draw something that represents each weather type. The mains ones I would focus would be ‘sunny, rainy, cloudy and windy’. However, for the different seasons you may decide to change to make more appropriate
  3. You may also decide to write the weather type alongside your picture
  4. Once you have finished decorating, you will need to draw an arrow shape on a piece of card and cut out
  5. Using a split pin, pierce the end of your arrow through with the middle of the paper plate to connect
  6. Using your weather chart, encourage your children or charges to have a go at identifying the weather at the start of each day.

Clock

Resources you will need:

  • A paper plate
  • A selection of coloured pens for decoration
  • Coloured card
  • A split pin
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Learning to tell the time is not always easy. Have a go at making this paper plate clock craft with your children or charges to try and make the process a little simpler. We had a go and this is how ours turned out…

All you will need to do is:

  1. Grab your paper plate and using a ruler draw 2 lines – 1 down the middle and the other across
  2. Working around the plate, add the numbers of a clock starting with 12 o’clock at the top, working your way around
  3. To make learning the time a little easier, write on the appropriate time labels. For example, quarter past, half past.
  4. It wouldn’t be a clock with out the clock hands, so you will need to cut out 2 hands from a piece of card. You will need to make one big hand and one small hand!
  5. When you have your 2 clock hands, attach to the middle of your plate using a split pin
  6. Once you have created your clock, decorate as desired and have fun learning the time.

Leaf Wreath

Resources you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Leaves (Craft or real ones)
  • Glue or glue dots

The perfect Autumnal craft to use up a left over paper plate. We had a go and this is how ours tuned out…

All you will need to do it:

  1. Cut out the middle section of your paper plate so that you are just left with the outer ‘ridged’ part.
  2. Arrange your leafs onto the plate template. Have a go at either using real leaves found in the garden, or craft ones. Both are very effective
  3. When you are happy with your arrangement, stick down using glue dots
  4. Once you have secured all leaves down, choose a place to hang your creation!

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Posted by Emily Martin, Business Administration Apprentice | Filed Under Activities for Children, Arts and Crafts 

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