A paper plate can be used for more than just eating at the family barbecue. Paper plates can help children explore their own creativity with a variety of crafts that use them. Give children paper plates and a few other craft supplies and let their creativity come alive with these craft ideas.
Fourth of July Wreath
Help your child create a Fourth of July craft by creating a star wreath out of a paper plate and construction paper stars. Purchase precut red, white and blue construction paper stars from the craft store. With a pair of scissors, you or your child can cut a hole in the middle of the plate. Have your child glue the stars around the doughnut-shaped paper plate. Finish off the plate with some glitter accents by using a glue stick on a few stars and covering them with gold or silver glitter.
Paper Plate Clock
Whether your child already knows how to tell time or is learning about telling time, creating a paper plate clock will help your child hone those skills. For this craft you will need one paper plate, a metal paper fastener, construction paper, markers and scissors. Turn the paper plate upside down and have your child write the numbers of the clock around the edges. Cut out two arrows using construction paper and scissors. Punch a hole using a pen or scissors in the centre of the paper plate and attach the arrows to the centre using the paper fastener. Have your child practice telling the time by moving the arrows to the current time.
Rainbow streamers can be used for holiday presentations or just for fun. For this craft you will need crepe paper in red, orange, blue, yellow, green and purple. You will also need scissors, a stapler and one paper plate per streamer. Cut strips from the crepe paper equal in size. Use the stapler to attach the streamers to one half of the plate so it resembles a rainbow. Fly the paper plate streamer around and watch the rainbow move and flow.
Paper Plate Crowns
Let the prince or princess in your family create a paper plate crown using a paper plate and construction paper. For this craft you will need one paper plate per crown, construction paper, colouring equipment, scissors and glue. On the back side of the paper plate, cut a slit down the centre but do not cut all the way to the edge. Cut three more slits on the backside to form triangles. Bend each triangle upward to form the peaks of the crown. Have your child decorate the tops of the crown with cut-out hearts, flowers, stars or other shapes using the construction paper. Glue the pieces down over the crown and allow it to dry before wearing.
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