Enjoy the summer season with this fun and easy-to-follow craft project, perfect for children. It not only stirs creativity but also helps kids practice their fine motor skills. Let’s make cheerful paper plate suns to hang in the classroom or at home!

Materials Needed

Here’s the list of materials you’ll need for this project:

  • Paper plates (one per child)
  • Yellow paint or crayons
  • Paintbrushes (if using paint)
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange and red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step-by-step Instructions

Follow these steps to create your very own paper plate suns:

  1. Color the Paper Plate: Distribute a paper plate to each child and have them cover the entire plate with yellow paint. Alternatively, if paint isn’t available, they can use yellow crayons.
  2. Add the Googly Eyes: Once the paint has dried or the coloring is finished, assist the children in gluing googly eyes onto the center of the plate, creating the sun’s face.
  3. Cut Out Sun Rays: Instruct the children to cut out triangular shapes from orange construction paper to represent the sun’s rays. The number of rays can vary based on personal preference, but typically 8-12 rays work well.
  4. Attach the Sun Rays: Help the children apply glue to the back of each triangular ray. They should then attach them around the edges of the paper plate, radiating outward like sun rays.
  5. Add Some Warmth: To create a sense of warmth, have the children cut out small flame shapes from red construction paper. They can then glue these flames onto the tips of each orange ray.
  6. Let it Dry: Allow the glue to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  7. Display the Suns: Once everything is dry, the paper plate suns are ready to be displayed. They can be hung up in the classroom or at home. Alternatively, you could attach them to wooden dowels or craft sticks to create handheld fans.

This delightful craft project provides a wonderful opportunity for children to explore their creativity and develop fine motor skills. It’s an ideal activity for celebrating the sunny spirit of the summer season. Enjoy crafting!