Need a simple and fun summer craft for the kids to do during break? This paper plate sun craft is super easy, cute, and great for young kids of all ages.
You may not know, but we love paper plate crafts for kids and this one is no different!
Kids as young as toddlers can help make their own cute little sun!
It’s perfect for preschool and kindergarten children to help them work on fine motor skills, creativity, and scissor skills.
Read our directions below or watch our quick step-by-step video tutorial to see just how amazingly simple this craft really is!
Easy Sun Craft
- Paper plates
- Yellow paint
- Orange card stock
- Glue stick
- Sun face template (download form located at the end of this post)
Download the sun face template, print it on orange paper, and cut it out.
Take the paper plate and paint 2-3 thin coats of yellow paint all over it. Let it dry completely before you move on to the next step.
If you need to rush, don’t forget you can also use a hairdryer to speed up the process (we do this all the time when we’re short on time).
You can also use a yellow party plate instead of a white plate. We prefer to have kids paint the white paint because kids love it and it helps them learn to handle a paintbrush!
Once the plate is completely dry, glue the sun’s face to the middle of the plate.
Flip the paper plate over and begin drawing the outline of a sun on the backside with a pencil. By doing this on the back, you won’t have to worry about messing up the paint and not cutting perfectly on the lines.
If your child is very young, you’ll likely need to draw on the lines for them. If they can use scissors well, they can cut out the sun shape by themselves.
Cut out along the outlines you made to create your adorable sun!
Wasn’t that such an easy summertime craft for kids?
Summer Themed Ideas
Ready for a summertime of fun with your kids? We have tons of exciting activities to keep them entertained and learning! Whether you’re making a summer-themed unit in your classroom or just want something to do at home, there’s so much to explore.
Keep reading to discover some of our favorite summer-themed ideas for kids.
Summer Book Ideas For Kids
How To Catch A Mermaid is the summer version of the classic “How To Catch” series! It’s perfect for mermaid fans and summer lovers alike!
Gorilla Loves Vanilla is all about, you guessed it – ice cream! This silly book will have kids laughing and asking for you to read it again and again.
Goodnight Pirate is a fun bedtime book to read to kids all summer long! They’ll love the illustrations, story, and rhyming words.
Fun Crafts For The Summer
Try out some more summer crafts to keep your kids engaged, off the screens, and having fun! Below are some of our favorites:
Paper Plate Fish Craft – This fish craft is perfect for a fun ocean themed activity with the kids. They’re simple enough that even the littlest ones can join in on the crafting fun, and they’ll love seeing their handiwork come to life as adorable little fish. So grab some plates and get started!
Mermaid Paper Craft – Bring the magic of the ocean to your home with this easy mermaid craft. This activity is perfect for kids and will keep them entertained.
Handprint Pirate Craft – Arrr ye ready for some pirate fun? This easy handprint craft is perfect for kids of all ages. Just follow the simple steps and you’ll have a jolly good time making your very own pirate!
Paper Chain Octopus Craft: This craft is perfect for any kid who loves the ocean! Not only will it get their creative juices flowing, but it’ll also help improve fine motor skills as they put the paper chains together. Once they’re done, your little one can show off their tentacled friend by displaying it proudly!
Summer Themed Activities
Our The Snail and The Whale Worksheets will be a hit with any little bookworms! Based on the beloved children’s book, your kids can join the two unlikely pals on a fun educational journey.
From line tracing to pattern making, each puzzle in this set of worksheets is designed to help your kids learn and grow.
Download and print these summer color by number printables for a splash of fun. These cute and vibrant summer images are a great way to practice counting, number recognition, and more. Your little ones will love filling in the spaces with colors as they create a beach-y masterpiece!
For when it’s a little too hot outside, grab these summer do a dot printables for your kids.
They’ll love using dot markers to complete the coloring pages, and the letter recognition printables will have them practicing their ABCs! Learning doesn’t have to be boring with these summer do a dot printables!
These summer connect the dots worksheets will surely be a hit with your kids. With each page featuring playful summer images, this activity will help them learn about shapes, counting, and problem-solving. Once your little ones are done connecting the dots, they can unleash their creativity and color the page!
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Summer Ideas For Kids
- Paper plates
- Yellow paint (we used this one)
- Orange card stock
- Glue stick
- Sun face template (download located at the end of this post)
- Download the free sun template, print and cut out.
- Paint the paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of yellow paint. Let dry completely.
- Glue the sun's face to the middle of the paper plate.
- Flip the paper plate over and draw on sun points all over the back with the pencil.
- Cut the paper plate along the marks you made in step 4.