Tricycle License Plates Activity

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Updated on Jul 5, 2011

What's the purpose of a license plate? We have them so that our cars, buses and trucks can be identified. Some people use license plates as a means of expression and pay to pick their own numbers or letters to display on their cars. Teach your child all about license plates as she creates an original one of her own to decorate her tricycle. She'll be able to get creative and make her tricycle one-of-a-kind!

What You Need:

  • Cardboard or poster board
  • Scissors
  • Stencils or alphabet stickers
  • Markers
  • Clear contact paper
  • String or yarn
  • Hole punch
  • Tricycle

What You Do:

  1. Get the materials ready. Cut out a rectangle from the cardboard or poster board. Cut out alphabet letters using stencils, or purchase alphabet stickers.
  2. Before you start the project, you might want to get your child acquainted with what a license plate looks like. When you're driving around in the car, encourage her to look out at the different license plates. How many numbers and letters does each license plate have? How are some license plates unique from others?
  3. When you're ready to start the project, give her the cardboard rectangle. Encourage her to use the pre-cut letters or alphabet stickers to write the state, month, or whatever she desires. Does she want her license plate to look like the other ones she saw, or does she want to make one that's completely unique? Let her decide!
  4. When she's all finished, cover the license plate with clear contact paper. This will help protect it when she's riding around outside.
  5. Punch holes in each side and tie string through them.
  6. Now her license plate is ready to hang! Let her decide if she wants it on the front or back of her tricycle.

Once her license plate is firmly attached, take a bike ride around the neighborhood so she can show off her new creation!

Adapted with permission from "The GIANT Encyclopedia of Kindergarten Activities." Copyright 2004 by Kathy Charner (Editor), Maureen Murphy (Editor), and Jennifer Ford (Editor). Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.