Paper Plate Medal for Father’s Day


Our Father’s Day Craft series continues, with a super sweet Preschool Father’s Day Activity suitable for anyone special in your life, be it Dad, Grandad or someone else!

It is yet another great Paper Plate craft for kids – simple and yet so fun to make and give!  Abig welcome to Amy and her boys from Learning and Exploring Through Play!

Making paper plate medals since May 2019!

Easy Paper Plate Medal for Father’s Day

Fathers Day is quickly approaching and you have no doubt started to think of all the wonderful crafts and activities you can do with the children to show Dad he is super special.

It is a pleasure to be guest posting here on Red Ted Art. I have taken part in some of the Valentines Day activities in previous years and it’s always lovely to share ideas in a place you love. Thank you for having me! I’m Amy and you can find me on Learning and Exploring Through Play.

I am a Mother of 3 children, a daughter who is 6 and identical twin boys that are two years old. We reside in Birmingham, UK and enjoy sharing all the fun we have with our activities and outdoor adventures.

Today, I want to share with you a really simple craft that is perfect to set up for children as young as toddlers. Me and my daughter grabbed the crafty bits, paint and glue and she came up with the idea of making medals using paper plates. Paper Plates are a great resource for crafting. The possibilities are endless.

She had a vision and I loved watching her idea come together.

To make your Father’s Day Medals, you will need:

  • Paper Plates
  • Yellow Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • PVA Glue
  • Crafty Bits
  • Ribbon
  • Sellotape
  • Marker Pen
  • Pencil

How to make a Paper Plate Medal with Preschoolers

Painting the paper plate medal yellow

Begin by painting your paper plate. We used yellow for our medals but you can change it up if you wish and use any colour. You could perhaps challenge the children to create secondary colours by only putting the Primary Colours out to paint with.

We left them to dry and came back to the activity once they were good to go. Use a wider paint brush if possible. It’s a good sized area to cover and a larger brush will be better for spreading the paint, making it a thinner layer which will dry quicker.

Decorating your paper plate medal

Around the perimeter of the plate she carefully added her glue. PVA works great but if a glue stick is all you have that should do the job ok too. Start adding all your decorative items such as sequins, buttons, gems and tissue paper. You could also use felt tip pens to add details.

Writing and tracing practice for young kids

Leave the plate to completely dry before adding text to your plate. We wrote a variety of things – ‘World’s Best Grandad’, ‘Worlds Best Dad’, ‘You are special to me’.

If you are doing this project as part of a group of children in a School or Nursery – be mindful of the children’s situations at home. It may be more suitable for them to write ‘Someone Special’ or ‘I love you’ so they can give the craft to someone of their choosing.

I would highly recommend using a pencil before to mark out the text. It was a great way to check if the writing was big enough for the design. If you press lightly then you will be able to rub any traces of it off effortlessly.

More fabulous Preschool Ideas from Amy:

More Father’s Day Activities for Preschoolers and Younger Children:

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