Today I have a super-simple tutorial to make a paper plate flying saucer toy that looks REALLY COOL when it is thrown like a frisbee and will get the kids outside to have some out of this world fun!
The great thing about these saucers is that kids as young as preschoolers can make them, and they can be decorated any way the kids want.
Cutting and decorating a saucer develops fine-motor skills and playing with it gets kids throwing, running and laughing!
Supplies for the Flying Saucer Toy:
- 1 paper plate per flying saucer (we used coloured paper plates with white on one side and a solid colour on one side)
- Stickers to decorate (we used neon adhesive paper reinforcement stickers because they looked like little windows or lights!)
- Optional: crayons or markers to decorate
How to Make the Saucers:
Step 1: Draw the Lines
With the plate upside down, draw a circle around the base of the plate. Inside the circle, draw lines dividing the circle into 12 equal pieces as shown below.
Step 2: Cut Out the Flaps
Have your child cut along the straight lines as far as the circle. You may need to get them started with the first few flaps.
Step 3: Bend the Flaps
Show your child how to fold every other triangle up and press the others down (see picture below).
Step 4: Decorate!
Have fun decorating with stickers or crayons/markers!
Step 5: Extend the Fun
If your child is enjoying making the saucers, they might also like to create landing pad targets out of other plates. Then you can play a game where you’re throwing the flying saucers and trying to get them to land on the landing pads – just like frisbee golf!
Head outside to test your new saucers! Just throw them like frisbees.
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If you’re looking for another fun and simple outdoor “make and play” activity for the kids, be sure to check out these Flying Fish Spinners.
Hope you give these saucers a try. They were fun to make and definitely fun to fly!