Activity Introduction

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest wants you to let your imagination run wild and submit a hand-created artwork of your dream car. This is a chance for you to get really creative and explore the different design elements of a car including: movement, fuel, materials, positive impact, look and feel.

Most kids will be able to work on this activity with minimal support.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12


  • investigate
  • be creative
  • think and connect

Time required: 180+ minutes

Curriculum connections: Design and Technology, HASS, Science, Visual Arts, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Sustainability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Teachers, parents and kids can say goodbye to the post! Entrants/teachers can bulk upload or individually upload a scanned file of their drawing or photo via the online entry form.

Important! Kids will need to hang onto their artwork after entering in order to be eligible to win prizes and have their artwork showcased.

Background information:
The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is a global contest held to inspire creative expression and imagination in children – some amazing ideas are born from dreams! Students wishing to enter the competition are required to draw or paint a picture of what they imagine their dream car will look like. There are three age categories: under 8s, 8 to 11, and 12 to 15.

Visit the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest website for further information and to view last year’s winners of the competition. The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest usually commences late October to early November and concludes late to early March. Find up-to-date entry details, prizes and full terms and conditions here.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Resources Required

  • Colour scanner or camera
  • Device capable of accessing online materials
  • Drawing materials, including but not limited to coloured pencils, pens/markers, crayons, paints, watercolour paints
  • Natural Resources Factsheet (optional)
  • Paper measuring no larger than A3 in size (400mm x 550mm) or (15.7 x 21.7 inches) or an A3 printed Toyota Dream Car Drawing Template.


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This lesson has been developed in partnership with Toyota.

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Student Worksheet

Design Your Dream Car - Activity Instructions

In this activity, you are going to design your very own dream car. Think big, dream out of the box and send in your wild ideas for a chance to win some great prizes. We’ve included all the instructions for the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest at the end.


  • No idea is a bad idea - sometimes it’s the little ideas that open the way to big dreams!
  • Don’t worry about what’s possible; just focus on what you’d like to see. Some amazing ideas are born from dreams!

Part A: Movement

Step 1. Do you think we will still be driving on roads in the future? What if you want to take your car over difficult terrains, like sand, mountains or the ocean? Does a car even need to have four wheels or any wheels at all?

Take some inspiration from animals in the natural world. Imagine a car with spider legs, a car that hops like a kangaroo, a slithering snake type car or a car that flies in any kind of way. You might like to list your ideas here:

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