Crafts for Kids to Make Out of Paper Plates

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Crafts for Kids to Make Out of Paper Plates
Paint is needed for many different paper-plate crafts. (kids paint craft image by Christopher Hill from Fotolia.com)

Kids get their creative juices flowing making crafts out of everyday materials such as paper plates. Crafts such as masks, rainbows, birds, frogs, and zoo animals are just some of the easy projects that can be made by children of all ages.

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Lion Face

Kids can make their own lion face craft. The materials needed are paint, markers, and construction paper. Help your child paint the paper plate brown and then allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. Use a black marker to draw a lion face with eyes, whiskers, and a nose on the plate. Cut out two brown ears from construction paper and glue them on the top of the plate. For more dimension, cut out black whiskers from construction paper and glue them on rather than drawing them, or make the lion's eyes pop out by designing and cutting the eyes out separately and then gluing them on the face with regular white school glue. The kids can also make their lion face into a mask and use craft sticks to glue on the bottom of the plate.

Noah's Ark Rainbow

A Noah's ark rainbow is another paper-plate craft for kids of all ages. The materials needed are paint, markers, white school glue, and cotton balls. Help your child cut out a rainbow shape from the top half of the paper plate and then help her paint the rainbow with various paint colours or markers. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. When the paint is dry, help her write a scripture with black marker on one of the light-coloured rainbow stripes. Cut out two circles from white construction paper and glue cotton balls on them, covering the paper. Lastly, glue both ends of the clouds on each end of your rainbow.

Frog Body

Frog body paper-plate crafts are simple crafts for preschool and grade school children. The materials needed are paper plates, green paint, and green and black construction paper. Help your child fold the paper plate in half and staple the end closed. Paint the paper plate green and allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. Help him cut two frog arms and two frog legs out of green construction paper. Tape the legs on the frog body with the round part of the plate facing down, on the opposite side of the frogs face. Cut out two black eyeballs from construction paper. Glue or tape the eyeballs onto the frog's face with white school glue.

Open-Mouthed Whale

Make a whale with a large opening mouth out of paper plates. First paint the top side of two paper plates pink and allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. While the paint is drying, cut out a large whale-shaped tail and two fins out of blue construction paper. Staple both paper plates together on the bottom and sides with the white side facing up. The pink is the inside of the whale's mouth. Leave the top part of the mouth slightly open so you can see inside the whale's mouth. Paint the outside of the whale blue and allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. Glue the tail at the bottom of the plates and the fins on both sides. Use a black marker to draw the whale's eyes. Cut out a dorsal fin from blue construction paper and then glue this directly on top of the whale's body.

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