Best Train for Kids to Make with Recyclables

All aboard! This train craft is waiting at the station. Kids will love creating the locomotive and choosing cargo for the train cars.

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Train craft for kids - Preschool Toolkit

  • water bottle
  • tomato tray or similar packaging
  • construction paper
  • black paint
  • small box


Instructions for the locomotive:

1. Paint the water bottle black. When dry, place it in the tomato tray.

2. Cut wheels from black construction paper.

3. Paint a wood dowel or bottle cap for the smokestack.

4. Cut a rectangle from black paper for the cabin. Glue a small window onto the side.

Train craft for kids - Preschool Toolkit

Instructions for the train cars:

1. Place small boxes (about the size a bar of soap comes in) inside the tomato tray.

2. Fill the train cars with "cargo" such as marker tops, clothespins, and crayons.

3. Paint small blocks of wood with red paint for the caboose.

Train craft for kids - Preschool Toolkit

These locomotives illustrate how creative kids can be with crafts projects. They are a fun alternative to the usual paint color we see on locomotives. And while we love Crayola products, we did have a little trouble with the blue finger paint flaking. The black paint is Melissa and Doug, and the pink is a combination of red and white acrylic craft paints.

Providing a variety of materials will encourage imagination and creativity.

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Subway Train Coloring Page - What Do We Do All Day
DIY Kids' Train Table - Mini Monets and Mommies

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