DLTK's Crafts for Kids
This paper plate porthole provides the perfect opportunity for kids to
"see what's under the sea". It's a good craft for an outer space theme.
- paper plate,
- silver, white, gold or grey paint and paint brush
- cheerios -- you need about a dozen for the craft and, if your kids are anything like mine, half a box for nibbling on while making the craft!
- a drinking straw or a pretzel
- one piece of blue construction paper or cardstock
- clear plastic (we used the clear half of a large ziploc bag)
- something to color with
- Cut a circle from the center of a paper plate.
- If making a porthole: For the handle:
- Glue cheerios to each end of a 2 inch length of a straw or a pretzel and then glue to the paper plate
- glue a milk carton cap and then glue to the paper plate.
- Glue cheerios around the outside of the plate as decorative “bolts”
- Paint the whole plate, including the cheerios silver, grey, white or gold.
- Let dry.
- Optional: Glue a piece of clear plastic inside the paper plate to cover your porthole (the clear half of large freezer Ziploc bags work well
for this… I find saran wrap a bit too clingy and difficult to work with)
Print out the template of choice.
- Color the template pieces if using the B&W version.
- Cut out the template.
- Glue the paper plate over the template so you can see it through the
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Template (astronaut): (color)
Cosmonaut Sergei K. Krikalev, flight engineer
for Expedition One, is positioned at a port hole on the Zvezda service
module of the International Space Station.
Source: NASA International Space Station
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