Easy Locomotive Kids Craft using Recyclables

A locomotive craft is easy for kids to make with recyclables and craft paint. The sights and sounds of the locomotive will soon be part of some awesome pretend play. 

Locomotive kids can make for pretend play -  Preschool Toolkit

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Can you hear the locomotive chugging down the track? It's all part of the fun with this homemade locomotive.


Related: Extend the fun with a train track and a train station.


This simple painting activity is sure to be a winner with kids. And you'll love reusing throw-away items in a fun, hands-on activity.

 

Supplies for locomotive - Preschool Toolkit

Supplies for locomotive:
  • long cracker box
  • water bottle
  • black paint

 

Locomotive kids can make for pretend play -  Preschool Toolkit


Instructions for locomotive:

1. Cut out a section of the cracker box as shown in the photo.

Locomotive kids can make for pretend play -  Preschool Toolkit

2. Paint the cracker box and water bottle black.

3. When the paint is dry, place the water bottle inside the box.

Locomotive kids can make for pretend play -  Preschool Toolkit


4. Cut wheels, a headlight, and windows from construction paper. Glue to the locomotive.

5. Paint an empty thread spool for a smokestack.

Your locomotive is ready to chug down the track!

 

Train locomotive preschool craft using recyclables

This locomotive activity is easy to set up with just a few materials, but provides lots of fun with cutting, gluing and painting.

You can make a simple train track with a piece of cardboard and a black marker as shown in the photo.  We made a train track with black tape on a big piece of cardboard. There is lots of room around the track for a train station, passengers, and even a pond.

 

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