If you are a regular reader, you know that we love to craft over here. Not only do we love to do organized crafts that I plan ahead of time, but Noah is constantly drawing pictures and using scissors, glue, and tape. Last week, while I was making breakfast, he drew a traffic light all on his own. This spontaneous drawing inspired me to do some transportation crafts with Noah.
I figured it was only fitting for us to start with a stop light!
Construction paper - black, red, yellow, and green
A cup (or other round object) to act as tracing guide
Trace 3 circles on the black piece of construction paper. The size of your circles will depend on the size of your paper. You'll want the three circles to be spaced out evenly.
Cut squares of red, yellow, and green construction paper.
Glue the squares inside the appropriate circle. This is the perfect time to teach your child the order of a traffic light and work on their colors. If they are very young, you could start it off and use this as a color matching craft with the rest of the pieces.
If you'd like, trim the black backing and add a yellow pole (that was totally Noah's idea!)
Now that Noah is getting older and really good at cutting, I'm letting him do so much more. In the past, I would prepare all the materials ahead of time and just let him do the gluing. But this time, I simply gave him all the colored construction paper and let him do the rest. He helped me trace the 3 circles using a cup as our guide. Then he cut all the squares from the colored paper and glued them into place. It was totally his idea to trim the black paper so that the stop light was more narrow. And we had to add a yellow pole!
Now that we had our traffic light, we needed some cars to go along with it!
I had found some paper plate crafts on Pinterest and showed Noah the finished product. He was so excited to do it and immediately went to grab the paper plates! And before I knew it, he had cut the bottoms off to make a car!
Construction paper (black, white, yellow, and whatever color you want your car to be)
Cut the bottom off your paper plate to make a slightly larger than half circle
Cut squares of construction paper so you can cover your car (paper plate)
Cut some large black circles for wheels, smaller yellow circles for lights, and yellow rectangles for windows
Simply glue on the colored squares and then the wheels, lights, and windows, and you are done!
Once again, Noah had fun doing every single part of this craft! He absolutely loves to cut and glue and was adamant to do everything "on his own"! I couldn't get over how he sat with his legs crossed when cutting out the wheels!
While I had only planned to do these two crafts, Noah immediately requested we make a train next! I'm not exaggerating when I say he loves this stuff!
I quickly searched Pinterest for a train craft and found a really cute "shape" train. For this craft, I helped Noah a little more by cutting out the rectangles and triangles, but that was because we wanted the proportions to be right.
Construction paper - blue for the background, and whatever colors you want for the rest of the train
Optional - googly eyes and a crayon to make the face
Cut out different shapes - a large rectangle for the body, circles for the wheels, and some rectangles and triangles for the front, steam column, and whistle. To be honest, I don't really know what the parts of the train are called, I just know what they look like from watching Thomas ;)
Using glue, assemble the train and add the steam (cotton balls).
While the train looked great at this point, Noah specifically asked for some googly eyes so that his train would have a face. I'm guessing because all the Thomas trains have faces? Then he drew on a smiley face... and added some dirt :)
I am just loving how these crafts are evolving as Noah grows. If you have colored construction paper, scissors, and glue in your arsenal, you can make almost anything. And based on your child's age, skill, and interest, you can decide how much you prepare ahead of time versus how much they do on their own. And as usual, I find it's best to have a general idea of what it will look like and then let your child run with it and add their own creative touches to it :) Crafting with toddlers and preschoolers really can be simple AND fun!