Crafts are and essential part of childhood. Kids learn how to use their imagination, creativity, fine motor skills, and they are just plain fun. Using a few simple supplies that most homes with children have, you can make three Under the Sea paper plate crafts.
We did all these crafts at one time. I timed it so that the paint would dry on the crab while we were gluing tissue paper on the turtle, etc. You can of course just do one at a time but if your kids are like mine their crafting attention span is a little less than an hour.
Paper Plate Crab
Red, White and Black Construction Paper
2 Red Pipe Cleaners
I prep everything as above before I start the kids on the project.
- Cut a paper plate in half.
- Cut 4 red claws out of construction paper.
- Cut 4 white and 2 black circles out of construction paper. The black circles should be smaller than the white.
- Cut pipe cleaners in half.
- Cut two slits on the top for the eyes on the paper plate and two slits on the side for the arms.
- Have your child paint the paper plate.
- While you are letting it dry glue the eyes and claws onto the pipe cleaners.
- Once everything is dry put the pipe cleaners through the slits and twist.
Tip: It was a bit difficult to get the eyes and claws to stay on so make sure to let it dry completely before you attach the crab body.
Paper Plate Fish
Multi Color Tissue Paper (If you don’t have tissue paper you can use construction paper)
White and Black Construction Paper
- Cut a triangle out of paper plate.
- Cut small squares of colored tissue paper.
- Cut 1 white and 1 black circle out of construction paper. The black circles should be smaller than the white.
- Let tail dry.
- Glue tissue paper onto the paper plate.
- Glue on eye.
Tip: Be sure to let tail dry before you start glueing on the tissue paper. If you are in a hurry you can always staple the tail on.
Paper Plate Sea Turtle
Green Color Tissue Paper (If you don’t have tissue paper you can use construction paper)
Green Construction Paper
- Cut out legs, head, and the tail for turtle.
- Draw eyes on the head.
- Cut out squares of tissue paper.
- Glue tissue onto the paper plate.
- Glue on the legs, head, and tail onto the plate.
The projects take very little preparation and kids love to glue. Do you have any paper plate crafts that you do in your home? Leave a comment below to share your ideas.
Written by Jamie Jackson