Paper Plate Sunshine Craft

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Bring the warmth and brightness of the sun right into your home with a delightful Paper Plate Sunshine Craft! In this blog post, we’ll explore a fun and easy DIY project using a simple paper plate as the canvas for our radiant sun creation. With yellow and orange paint applied using pom poms attached to clothespins, this craft is not only enjoyable to make but will also add a touch of sunshine to any space. So, let’s gather our materials and get ready to craft a twirling sun that will spread smiles and joy with every twirl!



Before we begin crafting, let’s gather these materials:

  • Paper plate
  • Yellow and orange acrylic paint (non-toxic for safe crafting)
  • Pom poms (various sizes)
  • Clothespins
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • String or yarn
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper for facial features
  • Tape

Twirling Paper Plate Sunshine Craft: Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Paint the Paper Plate:
    Lay out the paper plate on your crafting surface. Dip different-sized pom poms with clothespins attached into yellow and orange paint, then use them as stamps to create a vibrant and textured sun design on the paper plate. Let the paint dry completely before proceeding.
  1. Create Sun Rays:
    Fold the paper plate in half and cut out the center circle of the paper plate. Fold the center circle in half and cut around the circle to make it slightly smaller. Take the outer circle and fold it in half and cut out triangles.
  1. Add the Sun’s Face:
    If you want to give your sun some personality, glue googly eyes and a smiley face using construction paper onto the center of the paper plate. This will make your sun craft even more adorable!
  1. Assemble the Sun:
    Reassemble the sun by placing the sun rays (outer circle) around the inner circle (the face) with the painted side facing downward on a table. Cut a piece of yarn or string and lay it across the plates, in the middle. Using a piece of tape, secure the strings to the top of the rays and to the center paper plate and another piece of tape on bottom of the sun rays. Make sure to leave enough string at the top to hang the sun to showcase your wonderful craft!

Crafting a Paper Plate Sun using a paper plate is a wonderful way to spread warmth and cheer with a simple DIY project. As your kids create this radiant sun craft, they will experience the joy of painting, gluing, and decorating, while enhancing their fine motor skills and creativity. Once completed, watch as the twirling sun brightens up your space with its vibrant colors and cheerful demeanor. This craft is not just a beautiful decoration but also a reminder of the positivity and happiness the sun brings into our lives. So, gather your crafting supplies and let the sun’s rays shine with every twirl of your delightful Twirling Sun Craft! Happy crafting!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 18 months old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers

There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.

Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.

Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again! 

These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

Click here for more information: Play2Learn

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
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  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 airs in the summer of 2023! We were also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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