Here is the 'Paper Plate Challenge!' How many uses can each of you think of for a paper plate (or plates)?
Jennifer from Buffalo, NY
Pre k teachers can use them for door clocks telling when they will be back in class. They can be used for clocks for children learning to tell time the old fashioned way. I have used them in kid crafts as flowers, funny faces, and the old dependable snowman. Put a ribbon on either side and they make a fancy dress up bonnet. When I was working I always had an abundant supply. Thay can be more important than crayons in a pre k class.
MY Personal favorite,
NO DISHES NIGHT!!!
Protect stored dishes
Prevent stored dishes from clattering and breaking, especially when you are moving, by inserting a paper plate between each dish when packing.
When we were kids, we'd cut the inside circle out, color them & make visors from them... (& crowns too!)
I put them under measuring cups when baking to keep the flour or other ingredients from getting on the counter. Makes cleanup a breeze since I'm sloppy when measureing dry ingredients
CLEAN UP SPILLS: Take a pair of scissors & cut a paper plate into halves you can them pick up ANY type of food you've spilled on the kitchen floor with the 2 paper plate halves scooped together... They'll clean up: sugar, cereal, rice or grains, or your kids beads or glitter... It's like using 2 dust pans that fit together... You just can't beat it!... No need to get out the broom until you've got most of it up anyway...
---> But it works the very BEST for semi-wet food (food, that you can't use the broom on anyway) like broken raw eggs (NASTY!), spilled sour cream, spilled yogurt or ice cream... it's easy, fast & cheap!
* Works great for picking up broken glass too!
I showed my daughter this trick a few weeks back & she couldn't believe she hadn't known about this trick before... It works so well!... No need to use a bunch of paper towels when you drop an egg... Just cut a paper plate in half!
As a noisemaker: Take 2 plates, put some dried beans between them and tape them together!
-I use paper plates to bread chicken, pork and other foods before frying.
-Keep a paper plate in the microwave to catch spills; put a paper towel under the paper plate to absorb other spills.
-Place serving spoons on small paper plates on a buffet table to eliminate a mess on the buffet table; it also acts as a spoon rest.
Yard sale signs!
There is a wonderful little Christmas Tree Topper that is a really great project for older children to paint & put together. Email me at; gpmp AT sbcglobal.net; & I will send you the pattern, & picture.
I used colored & white plates in nursing home craft projects. Was easy for residents to do.
This is one, could do Easter, Halloween & Thanksgiving projects.
Valentine's Day - Red plate, cut hearts out of white coffee filters, take red felt tip pen & edge hearts, from red card stock cut a smaller heart ... glue coffee filter heart to plate then glue red heart on top of filter heart. Made computer generated curved banner "Happy Valentine's Day" that was glued near the top. Made a similar curved banner for the bottom (forgot what I put on that).
Punch two holes near top, use a craft pipe cleaner. thread through hole for hanger. I used a craft bead on the front side attached to pipe cleaner.
Cut an "X" in the middle....slip the handle of the paint brush through it and it keeps paint from dripping on you when you are painting overhead.
Cut them with pinking shears and glue a paint stir-stick to it and let the kids decorate them for use as fans.
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