Paper Plate Awards

Paper Plate Awards for Kids

The end of the school year is getting close and our family is preparing for a busy summer. One thing I remember from my school year days was the end of the year award ceremonies.

Teachers gave out fancy medals to select students who were exceptionally smart. I usually got the “Outstanding Work Habit” certificate award. I loved elementary school and although I was a good student I much preferred art over math.

Fast forward to high school and I can’t say I loved any of it! I thought it was boring and I was lazy so I definitely didn’t receive any Outstanding Work Habit awards in high school. I barely made it through, but I did graduate despite my stubbornness and the fact that I practically stopped attending most of my classes during senior year.

My daughter, Chloe is just finishing up kindergarten. She loves school and especially loves art and science. She reminds me a lot of myself at that age. This year she received the “Respectful Listener” award from her teacher. Each student in the class got a fun award and the kids felt so special getting recognition for their good behavior.

Paper plate awards are great because they are cheap and easy to make. You can use up all your extra craft supplies to decorate them and you can get the whole class or organization involved in making them.

You can assign each student an award to make and then the teacher or the students will vote on the winner.

It doesn’t have to just be for school either. You can do them for Girl and Boy Scout troops, 4-H club or any other team or organization.

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  • Paper plates
  • Glue Stick
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Any other craft supplies you like
Paper plates and construction paper cut out into shapes on a wood table.


  1. Cut a circle out of colored paper that will fill the inside of the paper plate. I traced a small bowl to get the right size.
  2. Cut another piece of colored paper slightly larger and glue the two together.
  3. Use scissors to cut into the edge of the paper plate about every two inches.
  4. Glue the circles into the center of the plate and write the award details on the construction paper.
  5. Cut to pieces approximately 8 inches long by two inches wide and cut a notch in the end to make it the “ribbon”
  6. Decorate the paper plate awards with markers, stickers or glitter.

More paper kids crafts:

  • Unicorn Valentine Box out of Paper Plates
  • Botanical Suncatcher Craft
  • Paper Bag Gift Wrap
  • Christmas paper garland

Award ideas:

  • Sleeping Beauty- Who’s most likely to sleep in?
  • Social Media Star- Who’s on their phone all day?
  • Iron Chef- Who’s cooking?
  • Smokey the Bear- Who spends the most time outdoors?
  • Little Miss Sunshine: Who is always smiling?
  • Court Jester- Who’s the funniest?
  • Kindness Award
  • Team Player Award
  • Future Rockstar
  • Best Artist
  • Most Creative