Transportation Crafts and Learning Activities for Kids
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Theme Crafts and Activities
Solar Powered Race Car Learning Activity
This activity is great for both children who are scientific and visually minded. It is best for children ten and over, but younger children will enjoy making the car with an adult's help. Creative-minded children will enjoy designing wheel covers and other decorative items for their race cars. Children of all ages will enjoy experimenting with and racing the cars.
This is a great science home school activity. Children benefit by learning to follow diagrams, and learning about gears, electricity, and solar power.
This kit also includes other solar powered objects that can be made with aluminium cans and plastic bottles. At less than $20.00 the educational benefits are well worth the investment.
What you will need:
Pompoms and Googly Eyes (Optional)
Elmer's Paper Glue
How to Make the Solar Powered Race Car:
1. Before assembling the race car trace around a CD to make templates including the inside circle of the CD. Create a design for the wheels, color the design, and cut out both the inside and outside of the circle. Spread glue all over the CD and place the designs on the CDs. You can make this a math learning activity be having your child use compass to draw the circle for the wheel. Review diameter and circumference, and how to use a compass to draw circles.
Five CD wheel patterns in both color and black and white are available to members or as an instant download.
2. Follow the directions in the kit on how to make the solar powered car. Children who haven't used similar kits may need some help following the picture instructions. It takes about an hour to assemble the entire car. The only things that don't come in the kit are the CD's and pliers. If you don't have pliers, you can use sharp scissors to separate the plastic parts.
This kit is very well made but it is not for young children. There are very small parts that can be easily lost. The car must be handled with care because it will fall apart if it is dropped or mishandled. It is made so it can be taken apart and re-assembled into other solar powered creations.
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Free Oatmeal Box Train Craft Patterns
What you will need: Oatmeal box, and two other boxes about the same width or a little wider than the oatmeal box. A small shoe box and a large cereal box work well. You will need more boxes for the boxcars. You will also need fun foam or colored masking tape to cover the boxes, heavy paper, decorative items such as buttons, shiny ribbon, scissors, and glue.
What to do:
1. Look at pictures of steam engines online and decide how you want your train to look. Glue the boxes closed and glue them together. I used a glue gun with low temp. glue.
2. Cover the boxes with colored masking tape, or fun foam. Cover the bottom four inches of the box with black fun foam or black masking tape.
3. Print out the Wheel Patterns and glue them to the bottom of the box. (Problems Printing?)
4. Print out the Cow Catcher Pattern onto card stock (Heavy paper) fold it in half and then fold back the tabs on the side. Glue it to the front of the train.
5. To finish you can cut out windows or just glue black squares on the box to look like windows. You can also blue a piece of fun foam across the top of the tall box for a roof.
6. To make the box cars glue the lid of the shoe box to the bottom of the show box to make it higher. Glue 2 1/2" of black fun foam or tape all the way around the bottom of the box. Then print out the Wheel Patterns and glue them over the tape.
7. To connect the box cars and the engine glue or tie a piece of rope to the back of each car. Tie a knot at the end of the rope, and make a notch at the front of each box car so that the rope and knot and be slipped into the notch to connect the cars and slipped out of the notch to disconnect them.
8. To make the paper engineer's hat go to the Hat Crafts and Learning Activities Page for a printable pattern.
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You can use this train to help your children learn many things. Overtime they learn something new they can add another car to their train. For instance, if your children are learning words, each time they learn a new word, they can write the word on a train car and add it to their train.
What you will need: Different colors of paper, scissors and markers.
How to Make Train Craft:
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Milk Jug Airplane Craft for Kids
What you will need: Plastic gallon milk jug, five milk jug lids, cardboard, spray paint made for plastic, or plastic primer spray paint and any spray paint for the main color, scissors with a sharp point, acrylic paint, stickers, low temp. glue gun, hole punch, craft sticks, and a brass brad.
How to make:
1. Wash and dry the milk jug.
2. Spray paint the jug with spray paint made for plastic. Or use a plastic primer spray paint before using regular spray paint. To get rid of the ink numbers on the top of the jug spray a little bit of paint on the numbers. The spray paint will dissolve the ink. When you see the ink start to run, wipe off the paint.
3. Cut wings, tail, elevator, propeller, and landing gear shapes from heavy cardboard. (Patterns for this craft are available to members only.)
4. Paint the plane parts and let them dry. Paint the five lids - four for the wheels and one to attach the propeller.
5. When everything is dry use the airplane parts to mark where you want to cut slits in the milk jug. Hold the wings, elevators, and tail parts up to the sides of the milk jug and mark with a pen where they should be inserted. Cut slits where you have marked. To attach the parts use a glue gun to spread glue along the slits and insert the parts.
6. Punch a hole in the middle of one cap with sharp scissors and punch a hole in the middle of the propeller. Use a brass brad to attach the propeller to the cap. Screw the cap onto the jug.
7. Fold the landing gear where indicated on the pattern and glue it to the milk jug. Reinforce the cardboard piece with pieces of craft sticks.
8. Glue the pieces of craft sticks to the underside of the cardboard piece. Cut notches out of two of the caps so that they fit over the cardboard piece. Place a notched cap at the end of one side of the cardboard piece and match up another uncut lid with the first one and glue them together. Do the same thing for the other side of the landing gear.
9. Paint designs on the plane and add stickers to finish.
10. You can cut holes out of the jug to make seats to place stuffed animals in the plane.
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Tractor Made from Plastic Water Jug
What you will need:
Two Squarish Plastic Water Jug
2 lb. Oatmeal Canister
Two Paper Party Cups
Red Spray Paint or Red Acrylic Paint
Black and Silver Acrylic Paint
Low Temperature Glue Gun
Buttons for the tractor lights
How to Make the Plastic Jug Tractor Craft:
1. Draw lines from the top of the jug along the sides as shown in the picture to the right. Cut along the lines and then fold in the part of the jug opposite the handle between the cut lines. Cut slits along the line and fold in the tabs you made by cutting the slits.
2. Spray paint the jug with red spray paint that is made for plastic.
3. Cut the cylinder oatmeal canister so that it is only 5 1/2" tall. Glue the lid onto the shortened canister. Print out the wheel patterns, color them, and cut them out. Glue them to the ends of the canister.
4. Paint the oatmeal canister black and then glue it to the cut out part of the plastic jug. Use a low temperature glue gun and place glue on all the little tabs you folded in. Set the oatmeal canister on the tabs making sure it is centered over the jug.
5. Cut the bottoms off of two party cups so that they are only 1 /2" wide. Paint the cups black on the outside and red on the bottom of the cup.
6. Glue the cups to the water jug.
7.To make the steering wheel cut a circle from another water jug and draw the steering wheel on with a black Sharpie marker. Glue the steering wheel to what is left of the bottom part of the handle.
8. Cut a seat shape from the same jug, paint it, and glue it to what is left of the handle.
9. To finish paint on details with black and silver paint.
10. Cut fender shapes from the extra water jug, paint them, and glue them to the sides of the wheels.
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