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Paper plate sunflower craft

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A paper plate sunflower craft is perfect for summer or for any time, really. It’s a simple craft idea for kids as young as toddlers and preschoolers. It’s about painting a paper plate yellow and then paint some more. Have your kids ever get to use a pencil end eraser to paint? They will do now.

Paper plate sunflower

We always have new pencils in our house. They usually come home with my kids, from birthday parties or holiday celebrations at school. For this craft, you will need a new pencil that comes with an eraser. 

If you don’t have a pencil you can use, you can use a Q-tip instead. Just be careful with little kids. Fingerprints would work well, too.

Paper plate crafts are popular with kids as well as parents. Little ones can easily paint or cut them, turn them into masks or hats. Parents and teachers love them as they are cheap craft supplies that you can easily get, if you don’t have already in your household.

Add a root to the stem and use the craft for a sunflower cycle study unit. Or if your child loves flowers, check out this list of 50+ flower crafts for more ideas.

Easy sunflower craft

Planting sunflowers is an end of the school project in kindergarten at my kids’ school. My oldest was a kindergartner last year and my oldest just graduated from kindergarten this year. Each of them planted a few sunflowers at school and was sent home with 4 more seeds. These seeds were giant sunflower seeds. Giant as in 9 feet tall sunflowers.

We ended up with a sunflower corner in my garden. I loved them so much that I want to continue growing sunflowers every year. I love flowers in general but there is something special about sunflowers.

Last fall, birds would come over to feed themselves on the sunflower seeds. I also harvested some of them and roasted them in the oven.

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Paper plate sunflower craft

Paper plate sunflower craft

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How to make a paper plate sunflower craft

Start by painting the paper plate yellow. You can use a paintbrush or a sponge paintbrush. We love the sponge paintbrush alternative as the kids can paint faster.

You can choose to start with a yellow paper plate. This way you can skip the painting part in case you’re looking to avoid a step that can potentially get messy.

Squeeze some black paint on a small paper plate or a plastic container.

Yellow paper plate

Let your kid dip the pencil end eraser into the black paint and then press it on the paper plate to make dots.

Pencil drawing

Repeat this step until the middle of the paper plate is covered in black dots. These will be the sunflower seeds.

Once the paint has dried completely, cut out slits along the paper plate’s rim.

Sunflower stem

Use a pencil to draw a stem and one leaf on green paper and cut them both out. Glue the leaf onto the stem. Add the stem to the back of the paper plate.

You have now a beautiful paper plate sunflower. You can glue the entire sunflower onto a sheet of cardstock paper or leave it as is.

Paper plate sunflower craft

Paper plate sunflower craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A beautiful sunflower craft for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids. Use a paper plate and paint for this easy summer craft idea.

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • Green cardstock paper
  • Yellow and black craft paint

Tools

  • Pencil with eraser
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions

  1. Start by painting the paper plate yellow. You can use a paintbrush or a sponge paintbrush. We love the sponge paintbrush alternative as the kids can paint faster.
  2. You can choose to start with a yellow paper plate. This way you can skip the painting part in case you’re looking to avoid a step that can potentially get messy.
  3. Squeeze some black paint on a small paper plate or a plastic container.
  4. Let your kid dip the pencil end eraser into the black paint and then press it on the paper plate to make dots.
  5. Repeat this step until the middle of the paper plate is covered in black dots. These will be the sunflower seeds.
  6. Once the paint has dried completely, cut out slits along the paper plate’s rim.
  7. Use a pencil to draw a stem and one leaf on green paper and cut them both out. Glue the leaf onto the stem. Add the stem to the back of the paper plate.
  8. You have now a beautiful paper plate sunflower. You can glue the entire sunflower onto a sheet of cardstock paper or leave it as is.

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