Weather Wheel Paper Plate Craft (Free Template)

Weather crafts are a great way to get young children thinking about Earth science and the wonders of the natural world! By creating their own weather wheels, kids can explore different weather conditions, develop fine motor skills, and unleash their creativity. Plus, it’s a fun activity that brings learning to life, making science both educational and entertaining.

  • Table Of Contents:
    • Materials
    • Instructions
    • Weather Craft Template Download
    • Tips & Troubleshooting
    • Variation Ideas
    • Benefits of This Weather Craft For Kids
    • Final Thoughts


  • Paper plates
  • Markers, wax crayons, or colored pencils.
  • Split pin/paper fastener
  • Free printable template
  • Glue stick


Step 1)

Print out the free template and cut out the template pieces.

Step 2)

Section your paper plate into 4 by drawing two lines across it with black marker.

weather craft template and paper plate

Step 3)

Glue the template pieces to each of the 4 sections: Windy, Rainy, Sunny and Snowy. Then glue the corresponding icons to each section. Color-in the template pieces, feel free to get creative!

The template includes small cloud patterns that you can use for cloudy weather or rainy weather. 

weather craft for kids template

Step 4)

Cut one quarter out of your second paper plate. 

weather wheel craft

Step 5)

Add the template title piece that says ‘The Weather’ to this second paper plate and use a split pin to attach it to the first paper plate by poking a hole in the center part of the plate. 

split pin in paper plate

Step 6)

As you spin the plate on top with the cut out, it will reveal one section of weather at a time.

weather wheel craft

Video Instructions

If you prefer video instructions for your crafts, check out the YouTube Channel for Crafty Kids Play and see the full video for this Weather Wheel Craft here.

Weather Craft Template Download

Download your free weather craft template using the button after the next image. This template is for your own personal use only, not for resale or commercial usage.

weather wheel craft


Tips & Troubleshooting

Kids’ Safety

Adults can handle the split pin/paper fastener carefully to avoid pricking themselves, or supervise older children during this step. You might pre-punch the holes to make it easier for them to insert the fastener. For your youngest crafters, you may want to cut out the template pieces ahead of time to avoid frustration. 

Use Sturdy Paper Plates

Choose strong, durable paper plates to ensure your weather wheel holds up well during use. Avoid flimsy plates that might bend or tear easily.


Encourage kids to add their own artistic touches to the template pieces. They can draw additional details or patterns to make their weather wheel unique.

Smooth Spinning

Make sure the hole for the split pin/paper fastener is centered accurately in both plates. Placing the hold in the center of the plate helps the top plate spin smoothly to reveal each weather section.

Variation Ideas

Stickers & Multimedia

Consider using weather themed stickers or cut outs from magazines and gluing them into your craft. Instead of coloring in the small details on these template pieces, younger kids may enjoy using stickers more.

Weather Journal

Use this simple craft while you keep track of the weather with a weather journal. You could attach a small notepad or sheet of paper to the back of the wheel where children can record daily weather observations.

Benefits of This Weather Craft For Kids

Weather Awareness

With this easy craft, children learn about different types of weather (sunny, rainy, windy, snowy) and how to identify them. This enhances their understanding of the natural world and weather patterns.

Vocabulary Building

As children create and discuss the weather wheel, they learn new weather-related vocabulary, improving their language skills while they have a great time.

Creativity and Imagination

Decorating the template pieces allows children to express their creativity and imagination. They can personalize their weather wheel with unique designs and colors.

Focus and Patience

Engaging in a craft project requires concentration and patience, helping children develop these important traits.

Fine Motor Skill Development

Engaging in the weather wheel craft helps children develop fine motor skills through activities such as cutting, coloring, and gluing, which enhance hand strength and coordination. Handling small objects like split pins/paper fasteners further improves precision and dexterity. These activities collectively strengthen the small muscles in children’s little hands and fingers, supporting overall fine motor development.

Final Thoughts

You can make this fun craft with some simple materials and help your little weather watchers learn more about the world. It’s a great activity for a rainy day at home with your little ones or to help learn about weather signs in your preschool, kindergarten or grade one classroom. 

Not only does it spark curiosity about Earth science, but it also provides a hands-on learning experience that kids will love and remember. Stick around Crafty Kids Play for more fun crafts, printables and activities for kids of all ages!

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