5 Pre-School Learning Activities Using Disposable Paper Plates

5 Pre-School Learning Activities Using Disposable Paper Plates

17 May 2018 | 3 min Read

surabhi gupta

Author | 5 Articles

Learning Activities on Plain paper is so boring …isn’t it? Let’s use some disposable paper plates for creating fun activities for kids.


Here are 5  learning Activities for your toddlers and Pre-schoolers.  I  have used some dot stickers, coloured washi tape and pen/markers to make learning more colourful for the little ones.


1. Visual Discrimination Activities



  • Create partitions on the paper plate using Washi tape.
  • Create some random patterns using Dot Stickers in each partition.
  • Create corresponding same patterns on pieces of paper and ask the child to match the patterns.
  • Visual discrimination activity helps in building focus and observation skills.


2. Fine Motor Skills



  • Use different coloured dot stickers on the circumference of the plate
  • Provide the toddler with the cloth clips with matching dot stickers.
  • The child needs to put the matching cloth clip on the corresponding dot sticker.
  • This enhances the pincer grip of the child that would aid him to hold the pencil for writing activities later.


3. Numbers and Alphabets Matching Activities




  • This is an extension of the fine motor skill activity given above.
  • Label the dot stickers with numbers and alphabets.
  • The child needs to identify the corresponding digit on the cloth clips and match on the paper plate.  


4. Counting  and Phonics Activities




  • Create partition on paper plate using Washi tape.
  • Use dot stickers for counting and any other object stickers for phonics activity.
  • Each partition will have 1,2,3,4 number of stickers respectively and the child would count the stickers on each section and match to the number (use paper pieces or plastic/wooden numbers).
  • Similarly, for the phonics activity, the child needs to match the first sound of the object sticker to the wooden/paper alphabet. ( kindly refer to the picture).
  • This activity can be further extended to “Uppercase- lowercase” alphabet matching, last sound matching, vowel matching etc. as per the requirement of the child.


5. Lift the Flap Activities – Reading Skills



  • Take two paper plates and join them at the center using push pin.
  • Make equal partitions in both plates.
  • The top plate will be cut along the partition line to create a flap over the below plate’s partition.
  • Write the words on the top plate and stick corresponding object picture /sticker on the plate below
  • The child reads the word and then self- checks if she read it correctly by lifting the flap.
  • This is a Montessori inspired self-correcting activity that can be kept on the Montessori shelf for self-learning of the child.  
  • The Lift the Flap technique can be further extended to questions- answers kind of games too depending on the age of the child.


So, what are you waiting for? Look around your house. Let’s de-clutter and find a better use of the stuff to make learning more fun for kids at a budget. Happy parenting everyone!!


Disclaimer: All photographs in this article are original and belong to the author. Reproducing them in any form without the permission of the author will not be allowed.


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