Unplugged Play: Paper Plate Farm


This Unplugged Play idea comes to you entirely from the imagination of my five year old daughter Lucy.

She had been awfully quiet one recent afternoon, working steadily on something at our crafts table, engrossed for a long time with her project.  When I went to go peek at what she was up to, I discovered that my animal loving girl had been creating a farm made out of paper plates.

(Proving, once again, that you just never know what kind of crafty magic is hiding in ordinary household objects, waiting for the mind of a child to release it.)

She was inspired by a recent trip to my parents’ house, where we took a drive through Indiana farm country one afternoon and saw all kinds of animals.

Of course my animal loving girl, who tells me that she is either going to be a farmer or “the Pioneer Woman” when she grows up, wanted to bring a little bit of that home with her.


Lucy’s farm animals are made using:

  • paper plates
  • safety scissors
  • glue sticks (we like the giant purple glue sticks we found at Target)
  • printer paper
  • markers
  • for attaching them to the fence for backyard play we used regular old scotch tape

Lucy made a cow, a horse, a sheep, a chicken, and a tiny little yellow chick.






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About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. My kids would love this! :)
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  2. This is so super cute! I love the creativity that comes from little minds when left to their own devices!

  3. Too cute! My fave is the chicken!
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  4. What a sweet girl, and so creative! The best part? This wasn’t parent- or adult-led; this was all from her head :)
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  5. The kids would really love this use of paper plates. I am surethey will have great fun with it.
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