If your kids love to craft, they will love this mix n match paper plate crafting idea. It’s really easy and lets them put together their crafts in as many ways as they like, and then take it all apart and design something new – all thanks to one of our favourite craft supplies: Blu tack!
I set up this mix n match invitation to create in an Autumn and Halloween theme, since Halloween is just around the corner but you can take this idea and adapt it for any theme or season using paper plates, Blu tack and whatever loose parts you have to hand.
To set up this activity we used:
- Black and orange paper plates
- Blu tack
- Chip n dip tray to hold our loose parts
A selection of loose parts including
- Pom poms
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners
We also used a sheet of foam cut into pieces (not pictured in the tray)
Using the blu tack, kids can stick all the bits down onto their paper plates to create pictures in a really simple and easy way.
As you can see, we made black cats, pumpkin faces, spooky spiders and more.
If your kids are quick crafters and get through a tonne of supplies, but are not so bothered about keeping and treasuring their finished creation then this idea will definitely work for you. They can make and remake as many times as they like. The focus here is on the process more than the finished result. They can have fun experimenting with designs and be as silly as they like!
Using blu tack will give little hands fine motor practise while they pinch it, roll it and stretch it. My kids do love to play with blu tack – as most children do! It has more resistance than playdough, and it gives you a mess free craft session too.
Here are some of our finished Halloween paper plates, but the ideas are limitless!
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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
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