Sunday, September 1, 2013

Egg Carton School Bus (pics coming soon)

I saw a super cute egg carton school bus craft on Pinterst (search "egg carton school bus") and knew it would be perfect for our Mommy and Me graduation party.  We were celebrating our oldest members starting preK and some of them would ride the bus. 

The buses did not come out anything close to the pictures on Pinterest, but the kids had a great time. 

What you need:
  • egg carton lids with holes (we used half for each child, but Pinterest used a whole)
  • plastic lids (we used squeezable baby food lids, but water bottle caps would work great)
  • yellow paint
  • black paint
  • brushes
  • liquid glue
  • card stock
  • markers

What you are supposed to do:
Paint your egg carton yellow.  Glue on the caps for the wheels.  You can paint the wheels black if you like, and add any extra black details with black paint or markers.  Line up bus on the card stock and trace the holes with a pencil.  Move the bus away and draw people in the windows.  Line the bus back up so you can see the people in the windows, and glue the bus onto the paper.  You can continue to draw around it if you like.

What our kids did (ages roughly 4 to 18 months):
Paint egg cartons yellow and black.  Use lots of glue everywhere.  Glue wheels on usual places, and make steering wheels.

Several of the kids continued playing with their buses at home.  My kids wanted to glue more caps on so we had another whole craft time with the glue and caps.

  • Go see some buses!  We drive by the bus depot at least once a week and point out the buses.  You can also drive by a school at pick up or drop off time, or watch out your window for buses.  
  • Read a book about buses.  Donald Crews' School Bus is a great choice.  Another choice with a bus is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems, though it isn't a school bus. 
  • Sing "The Wheels on the Bus."  You could have fun making up special school lyrics, too.  
  • Talk about the shapes on the bus.  What shape is the egg carton?  What shape are the wheels?  The windows?  Can you add other shapes to make the people or scenery? 
  • Make other egg carton vehicles such as a fire engine, mini van, or bulldozer. 
  • Drive the buses around.  Draw streets on big paper or tape them off with masking tape. 
  • Talk about bus safety and other traffic safety rules. 

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