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This adorable paper plate sun craft is a great way for kids to express their creativity while strengthening fine motor skills. Perfect for young crafters!
This paper plate craft is the perfect addition to your summer preschool activities. It’s super easy to complete, and it’s absolutely adorable. It’ll look perfect on display this summer.
Your toddlers and preschoolers will have a blast making this adorable sun craft. This craft will go great in your summer, spring, and weather preschool themes.
Paper Plate Sun Craft
The sun is shining and the birds are singing outside my office window. It’s a great day to work on this fun summer-themed paper plate craft.
The sunshine is absolutely adorable, and kids will build fine motor skills as they thread the pipe cleaner rays around the edge.
What You’ll Need
1 yellow paper plate (or a white plate painted yellow)
4 yellow 12-inch pipe cleaners
pink & black construction paper
What You’ll Do
Cut the flat middle circle section out of the yellow paper plate.
Punch 12 holes around the outside of the plate about 1/4 of an inch from the edge (to make it easy to get the holes spaced evenly, you can make dots with a black marker like the hours on a clock starting with where the 12 and the 6 are, then do the 3 and the nine, then fill in the rest of the hours).
Pre-fold your yellow pipe cleaners accordion-style into six 2 inch sections so they form into three even peaks.
Weave your pipe cleaners through the holes, twisting the last and first ends together at their edges each time you add a new pipe cleaner.
On your last pipe cleaner peak, twist the last and first added pipe cleaner ends together so the pipe cleaners are all connected.
Trace a circle a bit little larger than your googly eye on a folded piece of pink paper and simultaneously cut both circles out for the rosy cheeks.
Cut a smile shape for the sun’s mouth out of your black paper.
Glue the mouth, the googly eyes and both rosy cheeks onto the center of the sun; let dry.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT THE SUNFill your book basket with a great collection of books about the sun. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
I Am the Sun – Young children will learn about basic concepts of astronomy, how the sun got its start in space, and how it’s the glue that holds the solar system together. Sun, One in a Billion – Meet Sun: He’s a star! And not just any star―he’s one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal – This funny and factual picture book explains every part of the Sun’s big job: keeping our solar system together, giving Earth day and night, keeping us warm, and more.
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