I grew up in a small town. A very small town. The population was somewhere around 500 people.
Naturally, there weren’t a ton of things to do for fun.
So the annual county fair was a big deal for the kids in the area. We went every year.
Whenever we’d get close, I’d start watching for the lights on the midway and the top of the Ferris wheel going around and around.
You could usually see it a mile away.
So I still have a soft spot in my heart for Ferris wheels. And that’s why this easy coffee filter Ferris Wheel craft was so fun to make!
This is an excellent crafting project for early elementary kids. It’s great for strengthening fine motor skills, but it’s easy enough to finish in about 10 minutes.
Perfect if you’re looking for a fun indoor art activity for kids!
Read on to see the full directions. And, for more crafting fun, don’t miss my list of preschool crafts you can do in just 10 minutes!
Easy Coffee Filter Ferris Wheel Craft for Kids
To make this easy Ferris Wheel craft, you’ll need the following: (This post contains affiliate links. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)
- White basket coffee filter
- Construction paper
- Glue stick
- Child-safe scissors
- Crayons or washable markers
To begin, find a brightly colored piece of construction paper and turn it vertically.
You need enough space to add the Ferris Wheel and the support stand at the bottom.
Use a glue stick to attach the coffee filter on the top center of the construction paper.
Draw a colored circle in the center of the coffee filter. I added a yellow cut-out star, but you don’t have to.
Use a black crayon or a black marker to add spokes coming out of the circle in the center. There should be eight in all.
Now use child-safe scissors to cut the “seats” out of construction paper.
The shape I used is flat on the top and rounded on the bottom, but you could use rectangles, squares, circles – really any shape is fine.
Before you glue the construction paper “seats” onto the wheel, lay them out and make sure that you can fit them all onto the coffee filter.
You want the seats to hang just a little below the white filter – just like they do on a Ferris Wheel!
When you’re sure you can get all eight onto the circle, glue them down.
Note: You might have to extend the black “spokes” out to connect all the way to the seats.
Now all that’s left is to add the stand!
Use a colored marker or a bright crayon to outline the stand legs. Then color them in!
Add a few gold stars and we’re all done!
This is such a fun craft to add to a spring or fall unit!
Or you can share it with students in small art groups or with your own kids at home.
If you make this, I’d love to see how it worked out. Feel free to share pictures of your projects in the comments!
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