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Friday, April 24, 2015


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GETTING crafty and making things is not only fun for kids and a great ac- tivity for you to do with them; it helps them develop their sensory perception, keeping their hands and minds occu- pied. Of course, no matter how fantastic

the end product of a craft session (and this paper plate craft we’re about to make really is fantastic), the real ben- efit here to your child’s development is in the learning how, the ‘workings’. Choosing materials, cutting them up

and sticking them together helps kids to learn how different materials and ob- jects feel and behave. And as they marvel at their flying pa-

per plate, you’ll notice effects that are much more beneficial than any shop- bought toy could offer.

paper plate crafts Two paper plates (or more depending how many children are making them!)  Scissors  Sticky tape  Newspaper  Flour – any sort you can get hold of e.g. wheat or rice (or if you don’t want to make your own homemade glue, just use a shop brought runny glue)  Water  Medium-sized bowl  Paint  Paintbrush

Ingredients for your

Workings Draw and cut out a small circle in the

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centre of your two plates (this is to help your paper plate saucer fly!) Turn one plate over and tape the two

plates together around the edges. Tear strips of newspaper ready to pa-

per Mache your flying saucer. Mix together some flour and water to

make a thin glue or pour your glue into your bowl. Dip your strips of newspaper into the

glue mixture, then completely cover your flying saucer. Make sure to wrap some of the strips through the centre hole you cut earlier to link the two plates together in the middle. Leave to dry. (You can add more lay-

ers if you want your flying paper plate craft to be extra strong). You are now ready to paint your flying saucer any way you like.

Stain removal tip: With paint involved, things could get messy. If paint finds its way onto clothes, wash it off immediately

with cold water while the paint is still wet. With most types of paint, if you let it dry, the stain can’t be removed. As long as you rinse it while it’s wet, there’s nothing to worry about. Leave the paint drying on your paper plate craft while you rinse it out of your clothes. Through all this, get your kids to touch

each material they’re working with and talk about how it feels, what it looks like, and what they’re using it for. This will encour- age their self-expression through language and keep them absorbed in the moment of making their flying saucer.

Result Not only do your kids now have a fan-

tastic flying paper plate saucer to take out for a spin at the end, but they have also learned how to work through a task, their sensory awareness has been enhanced and they’ve had an opportunity to express themselves in a creative way.

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