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Show Your Workings: Paper Plate Craft Ideas for Kids

Kids love art & aliens! You may think this is a weird combination but they come together in this paper plate craft to make flying saucers. Read on for ideas.

Fantastic Flying Saucers

Getting crafty and making things is not only fun for kids and a great activity for you to do with them; it helps them develop their sensory perception, keeping their hands and minds occupied.

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 benefit 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 objects feel and behave. And as they marvel at their flying paper plate crafts, you’ll notice effects in them that last much longer and are much more definite than a vision of a UFO!

Ingredients for paper plate crafts

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  • 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


  • Draw and cut out a small circle in the 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 paper 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 layers 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.

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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 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 with Persil small and mighty. 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 encourage their self-expression through language and keep them absorbed in the moment of making their flying saucer.  


paper plate craft ideas for kids

Not only do your kids now have a fantastic flying paper plate saucer to take out for a spin at the end, but they have learned how to work through a task, their sensory awareness has been enhanced and they’ve had a chance to express themselves creatively.

If you have a go at making flying saucers, share your results here and let us know any tips or suggestions for other paper plate craft ideas for kids. Also, be sure to check out our other ideas for paper plate crafts for kids!