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Paper Plate Sun + Sun Crafts for Kids

We love sharing fun crafts for toddlers and this simple handprint paper plate sun craft is in fact the first craft that my daughter was involved in for this blog – even though she was only one she was determined to join in too! This easy paper plate craft is simple to make, we’ve done it as a collaborative activity which would make it fun if you had a group of kids but it can easily be done with one child on their own making a really sweet keepsake.

There are two aspects to this activity that I really liked. Firstly, as my daughter is only 16 months old it became a bit of a collaborative art project between me, my daughter and my son, which also means that secondly, it’s actually really adaptable for different ages and abilities. I love this paper plate sun so much as it’s so cheerful and there are loads of other brilliant sun crafts for kids out there so at the end of this post you’ll find some more sweet sun crafts for kids from some of my other favourite craft bloggers.

handprint craft paper plate sunPaper Plate Sun Materials:

Paper Plate

Yellow Paint


Black Felt Tip

Yellow and Orange Card


How to make your paper plate sun

I let my daughter slap the paint all over the plate, moving the plate around occasionally for her, she was much better than I’d expected! I should add that I totally wasn’t prepared for her to do painting so no apron, only four baby wipes in the house and being very thankful that my table and chairs are pretty easy to clean. I obviously flunked at getting a picture of her painting it, however I did manage to grab a shot of her painting my tablecloth and the white board I use for taking blog photos. Feel free to learn from my mistakes!

kids paper plate craftsTo make the suns rays I’d planned on using her handprints but she totally wasn’t up for that and it’s kinda hard to reason with someone that doesn’t talk yet. Instead my son stepped in and asked what I was doing so we drew around his hand instead. I used this for a template to cut the other sun rays out and these were then stuck around the plate. The happy face is my addition!

Ways you could adapt this craft:

  • Use painted handprints rather than cut out
  • Older children could practice their scissor skills by cutting out the hand templates
  • Ask your kids to draw the suns face
  • This could also be done as a group handprint craft with all the kids in preschool etc doing a handprint each.

paper plate sun craft for kidsMore Sun Crafts for Kids

sun crafts for kids

Buddy and Buggy’s sun craft is perfect for helping with fine motor skills too

Look We’re Learning share a coffee filter sun

This paper plate sun craft

Cupcake liner sun from I Heart Crafty Things

Kids Activities Blog have another cute way to make a sun using a paper plate

I love the use of pony beads in this sun craft from the Kindergarten Connection

This sun craft for preschoolers is a great way to teach about patterns too.

The Kindergarten Connection share a CD sun craft


  1. 27th February 2015 / 2:09 pm

    Oh wow what a great idea. Spring is right around the corner, this would be perfect for my toddler to get involved with. Thank you for sharing

  2. 27th February 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Super cute craft for little ones! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Pinning to my Kindergarten Board!

  3. 3rd March 2015 / 6:57 am

    I love this idea, great for practising cutting skills 🙂


  4. 3rd March 2015 / 3:42 pm

    This is really cute, and so colourful!

  5. 3rd March 2015 / 10:12 pm

    A great job for a first art project, definitly one to keep hold off to show her when she s a teenager!

  6. 3rd March 2015 / 11:43 pm

    Such a lovely ideas and look great on wall!

  7. 7th March 2015 / 9:57 am

    This is lovely, nice and bright for the spring! Love how your little lady painted your white board – hope it came off though!

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