Learn how to make a sun paper craft that actually rises and sets. This simple sun craftivity is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners or any kid who wants to play with their craft when they are finished.
Sun Paper Craft
This simple sun craft is perfect for little ones. Because it rises and falls with the pull of a string, it becomes a fun toy when you are done.
Kids love to play with their creations after they are completed.
But now we want something that isn’t seasonal. So we created this fun paper sun.
This craftivity uses simple supplies, which makes it perfect for a classroom craft or a quick craft at home.
Grab some construction paper and a paper tube and create this bright and fun papercraft.
You can use this construction paper craft in several ways.
- Hang them in your playroom or classroom.
- Use them to help with a solar system lesson plan.
- Display them on your classroom bulletin board.
- Decorate a summer party with them!
Why do we love crafting with construction paper?
Why do we love paper crafts? Because they secretly teach so many important skills for kids.
- Fine motor skills
- Cutting practice
- Following instructions
- and more!
If you’re looking for more ways to inspire your kids, check out our construction paper book!
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Tips for creating this circle craft:
These suns are very simple. But here are some tips to help you along the way.
- We chose classic yellow and orange for this sun. But you can let your kids experiment with colors.
- Younger children may need help cutting the cardboard. Either cut the circles ahead of time or choose easier cardboard, like cereal boxes.
- Play around with the size center circle for older children.
- Yellow and Orange Construction Paper
- Cardboard Circle
- Cardboard Tube
- 2 Pony Beads
- Glue Stick
- Hole Punch
- Stack the orange and yellow paper. Place your cardboard on top of the paper stack and trace a circle.
- Fold the paper in half.
- Cut out the circle. This should give you 4 even circles, 2 of each color.
- Using the rest of your folded paper cut out 2 triangle shapes. This will give you 8 total triangles, 4 yellow and 4 orange.
- Add glue to the cardboard circle and attach the triangles around the edge.
- Add more glue and glue one of the yellow circles onto the cardboard. This should cover the glued edges of the triangles.
- Fold the rest of the circles in half, like a taco shell.
- Stack the folded circles orange, yellow, orange with glue in between each layer.
- Now glue the outer orange edges to the center of the sun.
- Open to get a 3D center.
- Cut a paper tube to be shorter than the width of the sun. Punch 4 holes in the cardboard tube. 2 on each side lined up with each other.
- Tie a bead onto one end of a piece of yarn. Double the knot so it will not come undone.
- Take the other end of the string and go up through both holes, across the top and back down the other two holes. Add a bead to the second end.
- Glue the tube to the back of the sun.
- Tape the center of the yarn to the wall and grab the 2 beads.
- As they pull apart string, the sun will rise.
- And Rise!! They can release or bring the hands back together for it to come down.
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More paper crafts you will love!
- Kandinsky Flowers – A simple and fun flower craft.
- Yellow Sun – Use this craft to teach about the color yellow.
- Turtle – Use paper quilling to create this fun kids craft.
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