If your kids love cars, this super easy paper plate car craft will be a hit! Not only is it car-themed for them, but it’s easy and inexpensive, which can both be great for you. You’ll only need a few supplies and a little free time to create this fun paper plate craft.
Not only is this a fun craft to work on in general, but it’s also a great opportunity for talking about colors and/or shapes.
If you’re doing this craft with preschoolers, you may also want to grab this free car-themed printable learning packet as well. They pair perfectly together!
Easy Paper Plate Car Craft for Kids
This activity would be great during a transportation unit study or just for some fun one afternoon.
Materials for Paper Plate Car Craft
I love that this kid-friendly craft is super inexpensive to make. In fact, you may very well already have all of the materials on hand in your house or classroom.
- Paint (acrylic craft paint is a great option)
- Paintbrush (a good starter set, if you don’t have any)
- Paper plate
- Yellow (or white) and black construction paper
Instructions for Paper Plate Car Craft
Step 1: Cut the plate in half.
Step 2: Start painting the paper plate half with the color of your choice. Allow the project to dry.
Step 3: While waiting for the paint to dry, cut out two black circles for the tires. Also, cut out two smaller yellow or white circles for the center of the tires.
Step 4: Glue the yellow circle on top of the black circle.
Step 5: Cut out two yellow rectangles to be the windows of the car. To make it easier to make similar sizes, you can fold over the piece of paper and cut out both rectangles at the same time.
Step 6: Once the plate is dry, glue on the tires and the windows.
Extension Activities for the Paper Plate Car Craft
Along with this craft, you could have your kids write or dictate a story about an adventure that their car had in the past or will have in the future.
Depending on their age, they may also want to work on prewriting and letter recognition activities with this free car-themed printables download for preschoolers:
Some other fun car-themed activities:
- Car Craft with Sponge Painting – Buggy and Buddy
- Cardboard Tube Car Crafts – The Imagination Tree
- Car Parking Numbers Game (Perfect for Practicing Number Recognition) – B-Inspired Mama
Another Paper Plate Craft Idea:
This paper plate butterfly craft also includes a free butterfly-themed printable learning packet.
Other Posts and Printables You May Enjoy
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. They don’t change the price you pay. However, when you shop through them, we may receive a small compensation. Thanks!
Join 15,000+ Other Awesome People
Subscribe to the Real Life at Home weekly newsletter to get our latest content, exclusive free printables, learning activities, and ideas for celebrating with your family all year