Back to school is a theme in my house this week; inspiring this easy School Bus Craft. Perfect for my 3 1/2 year old (er…kindergarten kid – I can’t wrap my head around that milestone!). We used shapes, eye/hand coordination, and guesstimating to create this artwork (great for pre-school and kindergarten aged kids). I highly recommend this School Bus Craft…
This School Bus Craft is also a great conversation tool to talk about where kids the things on the school bus. Where do kids sit? Where do the wheels go? Where does the door go? Are there windows? Where does the driver sit?
You will need:
- Coloured construction paper (we used yellow for the bus and green for the doors, windows, wheels – it was my son’s decision making skills in action)
- Tape (we used masking tape so we could stick, remove and re-stick easily. You could also use a glue stick
- Scissors (to cut shapes – that’s an adult job)
- OPTIONAL: coloured pencils, glitter glue, crayons for decorating
- Using scissors cut circles (for wheels), rectangle (for door) and smaller rectangles (for windows). Cut a school bus shape (it’s basically a large rectangle with a curved front).
- Invite child to place where he/she thinks the wheels should go. Use tape to secure them in place.
- Then, invite child to place where he/she thinks the school bus door should go. Use tape to secure it in place.
- Then, invite child to place where he/she thinks the school bus windows should go. Use tape to secure them in place.
- The child can place, unplace, and replace the shapes to switch up the look of their school bus.
- Extra tape (this was a creative choice on my son’s part – he thought the windows needed tape – and hey, who am I to nix creative choices?!)
Be sure to repeat the shape names to help with vocabulary acquisition (circle, rectangle) as well as the colours (yellow, green). If your child is learning French like mine – you can easily make this a French vocabulaire activity by using the French words (cercle, rectangle) (jaune, vert).
If you love making crafts with your kids – I have a few other suggestions which might be of interest…
The above Remembrance Day Craft would be a great class project (or even at home Boredom Buster) in November. And the Toilet Paper Roll Craft which makes a mouse is a perfect anytime activity for kids. And shameless recommendation: the Handprint Heart Craft for Teacher thank you cars (so awesome!).