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Arts & Crafts: Transportation

Airplanes added 4-30-98
Original Author Unknown

Need: Styrofoam meat tray ( regular size), Stickers, Paper Clips

Directions: Cut out 2 rectangles from the styrofoam. One 6" x 2", the other 6"x1". Shape the rectangles into a round shape. On the 6"x1" shape cut out a hole in the
middle, try to stay away from the edges of the shape. Slip the 6"x2" shape into the hole of the 6"x1" shape. Decorate with stickers and put a paper clip on the nose of the plane. These do break easily, so tell the children to be careful. For this being such a simple project the children had lots of fun and are still talking about their planes.

Airplane added 7-23-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper towel tubes, popsicle stick

Directions: Take a paper towel tube & cut 1/2 through it about 3 inches from the front,
then cut 1/2 way through again about 2 inches further down - remove this section of the tubing (top half). Glue a second towel tube in opening to form a T. Cut a slit in the end of the body tube & insert a slightly smashed toilet paper tube. Paint. Use popsicle stick to make an x as the propeller. Use another craft stick broken in half as landing gear.

Hot Air Balloons added 7-23-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Balloon, paper mache' paint. glue, string, cup or berry basket

Directions: Paper mache' a blown up balloon. When dry, paint it, glue 3 pieces of string at the bottom & connect a paper cup with holes punched in the top & tie. Can
use a berry basket in place of cup.

Another Hot Air Balloon added 7-23-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: white poster board, crayons or markers, paper lunch bag, yarn

Directions: Cut a large balloon shape from a white poster board & have kids decorate both sides with crayons or markers. Cut a paper lunch bag about 1/3 from the bottom for the basket. Punch 2 holes on the bottom of the balloon shape & on the short side of the lunch sack. Attach basket with yarn. Hang either type from the ceiling.

Car air freshener added 5-24-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Thin cardboard, marker, scissors, scraps of felt in different colors, tacky glue, clear essential oil (non-alcoholic perfume), string

1. Draw a shape or trace a large cookie cutter on a piece of cardboard.
2. Cut out the shape. Use it to trace and cut out two replicas of felt.
3. Glue one felt piece on either side of the cardboard. Add felt decorations.
4. Rub 10 - 15 drops of essential oil onto the felt.
5. Poke a hole in the top, thread with string.

Airplanes added 1-09-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, felt, glue

Make paper airplanes and let the children decorate them with felts. The have flying contest to see how far, how high, etc they can make their plane go.

Transportation mural added 5-24-01 Submitted by: Anonymous Visitor

Need: Large Bulletin Board paper, crayons and markers, old magazines, and glue

Directions: Using large rolled bulletin board paper have students plan and draw a scene.  Share the jobs. One can draw a train track while another draws a road, another clouds, maybe a lake, house or trees.  On days to come have them gradually fill up the mural with cut and paste vehicles (from Old magazines works great), airplanes, trains, cars, boats, trucks or even hot air balloons!  They love "large" projects and are always proud of what they did. 

Margarine-Tub Sailboat added 2-10-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Margarine tub, clay, paper, crayons and markers, straw

Directions: Press a ball of clay in the bottom of a margarine tub. Insert a straw in the clay; then tape a decorated paper into the top of the straw.

Meat Tray Barges added 2-10-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: several clean styrofoam meat trays,  hole punch, yarn

Directions: Punch a hole in opposite ends of each of several foam meat trays. Connect the trays with yarn to make a barge.

Egg Carton Train added 2-10-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cardboard Egg Carton, paint, paint brush, circle stickers, cardboard tubes, and other collage materials

Directions: Give each of your children a row of six egg cups cut lengthwise from a cardboard egg car-ton. Have the children turn their egg carton sections upside down and paint them to make trains. When the cartons are dry, have the children add de-tails such as round slicker wheels or cardboard-tube smokestacks.

Car Paint & Car Wash added 5-19-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: small cars, paint, pie pan, paper, tub, dish soap, toothbrushes

Directions: Fill pie pans with different colors of paint. Let the children drive matchbox cars through the paint and onto paper. When finished they can wash their cars in the car wash. Use a tub of soapy water and toothbrushes.

Shape Train added 1-27-03 Original Author Unknown

1-12 x18 sheet blue construction paper per child, 2 red rectangles per child, 4 small black squares per child, 1 thin rectangular strip for child, 4 gray wheels per child

Directions: Have the children cut out all the shapes then glue on the 2 red rectangles on the blue construction paper to make a train.  Next have them glue on the small black squares to be the windows of the train.  Then have them glue on the wheels.  Next have them glue on the thin rectangular strip in between the two trains to connect them.  Have them draw tracks that the train is sitting on.  They can also draw trees, grass, etc.



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