Pretend Play Food Collage – Paper Sushi Craft for Kids

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You may need years of training to become a Sushi chef, but not for this easy Paper Sushi Craft! Make this fun craft with different kinds of paper in bright colors!

Oscar Wilde said, “The Japanese people are… simply a mode of style, an exquisite fancy of art”. You have to agree with him, especially when you look at their awesome bullet trains, Origami and of course, sushi!! A sushi platter is a sight for sore eyes – just like our Paper Sushi Craft!

The main part of making this craft is pretty much like making the actual dish – assembling the various parts together! For our craft today, we’re going to have a couple of sushi rolls, bamboo shoots and some nigiri, which is a piece of fish placed over rice and tied together with a band of nori. Sounds yummy, so let’s begin!

Pretend Play Food Collage – Paper Sushi Craft

You may need years of training to become a Sushi chef, but not for this easy Paper Sushi Craft! Recreate this iconic dish with brightly colored craft paper!

Materials Required:

  • Thick square card stock in black and red
  • Plain Craft paper in black, brown, pink, orange and yellow
  • Patterned craft paper in green and pink
  • Corrugated paper in green
  • White paper napkin (slightly thicker variety)
  • Colored Chalk Sticks
  • Small red beads or tiny pom poms

Instructions to Make Paper Sushi Craft:

1. Let’s start by making some greens. Cut out thin strips from the patterned green paper to make our bamboo shoots. Cut out tiny bits of orange paper and the green corrugated paper to represent the sushi filling.

You may need years of training to become a Sushi chef, but not for this easy Paper Sushi Craft! Recreate this iconic dish with brightly colored craft paper!

2. Time to get the sushi roll ready! Cut out two black circles for the nori or seaweed outer covering. Cut two white circles from the paper napkin that are smaller than the black ones. This is going to be our rice. From the remaining black paper, cut out two thin black strips for the nigiri bands.

You may need years of training to become a Sushi chef, but not for this easy Paper Sushi Craft! Recreate this iconic dish with brightly colored craft paper!

3. Next is the nigiri. For this, we need two large ovals cut from pink paper. Out of the yellow paper, cut out a semi circle, roughly the same size as the black circle, for a lemon garnish.

4. Don’t forget the chopsticks! Cut long tapered strips from the brown paper and small rectangles from patterned pink paper to decorate the chopsticks.

You may need years of training to become a Sushi chef, but not for this easy Paper Sushi Craft! Recreate this iconic dish with brightly colored craft paper!

5. All our parts are ready! Use the colored chalks to draw lines on the nigiri pieces and the lemon slice.

You may need years of training to become a Sushi chef, but not for this easy Paper Sushi Craft! Recreate this iconic dish with brightly colored craft paper!

6. Let the assembly begin! Glue the white rice circles in the black nori circles. On one roll, stick the orange and green toppings. On the other, stick the tiny red beads or pom poms to represent roe.

7. Stick the black bands across the middle of the nigiri pieces. Decorate the chop sticks with the patterned paper.

8. Place the red card stock on top of the black one to make our platter. Arrange all the sushi components on the platter – sushi rolls, nigiri, bamboo shoots and lemon slice. Finish up with the chopsticks and you’re done!

You may need years of training to become a Sushi chef, but not for this easy Paper Sushi Craft! Recreate this iconic dish with brightly colored craft paper!

How gorgeous is this Paper Sushi Craft? It’s perfect for some restaurant pretend play along with this Paper Pie Craft, or when learning about Japanese culture. As you learn more about their cuisine, you can modify the craft to feature the different kinds of sushi. I have to put in a disclaimer here: making this craft can bring on some serious cravings for vinegared rice and fish!

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