Paper Plate Lily Pads w/ Coffee Filter Water Lilies

collage of pond paper plate lily pad images with text overlay: Paper Plate Lily Pads with Coffee Filter Water Lilies Life at the PondWe wrapped up our At the Pond theme not too long ago, but before we did, we spent some time making these awesome Paper Plate Lily Pads w/ Coffee Filter Water Lilies.

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This was probably the little guy’s favorite because he got the opportunity to use some of mama’s art supplies. You know, the  messy stuff that’s not quite as washable as Crayola.

preschool painting paper plate green
And of course any opportunity for him to explore new mediums is a win as far as I’m concerned, even if I will be cleaning it up for days.

green lily pad made from paper plate
Side note: We used Heidi Swapp Color Shine and it actually did clean up relatively easily with a baby wipe, so… Just a helpful hint from one homeschool mama to another. Lol…

preschooler using spray ink to make water lilies from coffee filters
If you’re interested in making your own, keep reading.

What you’ll need

  • Paper Plates
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Stapler
  • Paint Brushes
  • Coffee Filter
  • Spray Mist

Here’s how to do it

  • Cut the paper plate into the shape of a lily pad and paint it green. Wait for it to dry.
  • Use the spray mist to saturate the coffee filter. You might want to do this step for your little kids, depending upon how old they are and whether or not they understand not to spray mist on anything other than the coffee filter. Let it dry as well.
  • When both are dry, scrunch up the coffee filter and staple it to the paper plate.

Talk about easy, right? The first time we did this activity, I gave the little guy yellow + blue paint instead of green and we talked about primary and secondary colors and of course color mixing.

preschooler working on paper plate lily pad with coffee filter water lilies craft
This would also be an awesome way explore texture. Think outside the box and try using bubble wrap instead of paint brushes.

paper plate lily pad with coffee filter water lily
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  1. Yea, probably not one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but… It all comes off eventually. Lol… Thanks so much for visiting! Have an awesome week!

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