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Summer is here which means it’s time for some fun summertime activities! This Paper Plate Sun Craft is bright, cheerful, and so simple to make. It would be a great addition to a classroom bulletin board or an adorable decoration hanging from the ceiling. Plus, kids will be practicing cutting and fine motor skills while making this adorable sun craft!
*Pair with our Summer Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Paper Plate Sun Craft
This summertime craft is perfect for little learners working on scissor skills. It’s easy to assemble and uses just a few simple supplies. So, let’s grab our materials and get crafting!
- Yellow paper plates (or you could paint or color white plates yellow)
- Black construction paper
- Tacky glue
Set one paper plate aside and begin by inviting the students to cut the other paper plate in half.
Teacher Tip: You can add pencil lines on the plates as guidelines for your students to cut along.
Next, the kids will cut each half into half again two more times. They should end up with a total of 8 equal pieces that will be the rays for their sun craft.
Students can arrange the pieces so they are evenly spaced around the whole paper plate that you orginally set aside. This will make it a bit easier when adding the tacky glue.
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Add a bit of tacky glue to the rim of each of the 8 pieces, and glue into place. Students may need to hold each piece in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to take hold.
Lastly, draw and cut out construction paper eyes and a mouth to add to your sun’s face. You could also draw on the face with black marker if you do not have construction paper on hand.
Extending the Paper Plate Sun Craft
- Use as an introduction to fractions – cutting into 8 equal pieces.
- Use as a prop for learning about the planets and solar system.
- Display as bright and cheerful classroom or bulletin board decor.
- Combine with a themed story about weather, the sun, or space.
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