Moving Horse Paper Plate Craft

Get ready to gallop into a super fun craft activity: a moving horse paper plate craft! This art project is the perfect activity for kids and equestrians alike. Follow the steps below to make an adorable moving horse puppet using just a few simple (and common!) materials. This project is not only a great way to engage your creativity, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity to learn about horses while having fun. It would be a great project for school, home, or camp.

Let’s get crafting!

Moving Horse Plate Craft HERO

Materials Needed:

Get the template: Horse Template

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Moving Plate Horse Supplies


  1. Paint the Grassland: Mix yellow and green paints to create a vibrant grassland. Paint this design at the bottom part of your paper plate.
    Green paint half
  2. Add Some Scenery: On the left side of the plate, above your freshly painted grassland, paint a tree.
    Tree trunk
    Painted tree
  3. Barn in the Background: Draw the outline of a barn in the background. Then use paint to give the barn some detail.
    Barn draw outline
    Barn finish
  4. Fill the Background: Paint the rest of the paper plate green to complete the landscape scene. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly to prevent smudging in the next steps.
    Green background paint
  5. Craft Your Horse: While the paint dries, print and cut out the horse template. Trace the template onto the brown paper and cardboard to create your horse pieces. Glue the horse together and use the black marker to draw on some details, like the horse’s face and hooves.
    horse template
    Gluing Horse
    Finished horse puppet
    horse face marker
  6. Horse Puppet: Glue the assembled paper horse to one end of the popsicle stick.
    Glue and horse
  7. Puppet Show: After all glue and paint have dried, it’s time to finish the craft. Cut a small slit in the bottom of the plate, just big enough for the craft stick to fit in. Insert the other end of the popsicle stick into the slit you made in the paper plate. Now you can move your horse across the grassland!
    Cut plate for puppet
Finished moving horse plate

Wrapping Up:

That’s it! You have made your very own moving horse puppet craft. This art project is perfect for a rainy day or any day you’re looking for a horse-themed craft to tie into your lessons or activities. It’s also a great project for kids to help develop their motor skills and unleash their inner artist.

Let us know if you decide to give this craft a try! Tell us how your version turned out?

While you’re here, make sure to take a look at the many horse-themed craft projects we have posted!


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