Shoe Box Train Station Pretend Play
You can easily transform a cardboard shoe box into a train station for small world play. Passengers will soon be gathering at the station to board the Playtime Express. All aboard for some fun pretend play!
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Play time with trains has always been popular with kids. A locomotive chugging down the tracks, a passenger train stopping at the station, and a train car filled with cargo are all part of the fun.
A cardboard shoe box can become a train station in a few simple steps.
Shoe box train station
This train station is made with a box with an attached hinged lid.
It's easy to make with just a few simple steps.
Supplies for the train station:
- cardboard shoe box with attached lid
- construction paper
Instructions for the train station:
Lay the box on its side so the lid becomes the awning and the flaps become the doors.
Trim the lid to make it slightly smaller for an awning.
Make holes in the box and the lid as shown in the photo to insert the straws.
- Make a bend in the straw at about one-third of the length of the straw. Insert the short end in the awning and the long end into the side of the station.
Leave flaps to serve as a door that can be opened or closed, or remove completely to create a clear entrance.
Cut a rectangle from white card stock for the sign and tape above the awning.
Bend the long side of the card stock and glue or tape it onto the roof so the sign stands upright.
Apply 'train station' with self-adhesive letters or a black marker. You could also identify the name of the town.
Cut a circle from white craft foam for the clock. Add numbers and clock hands with fine point marker.
Glue the white circle to a slightly larger red foam circle. Glue the clock to the sign.
Flags and more!
Cut flag shapes from paper or felt. Fold the short side around the extra length of straw standing up above the awning. Glue or tape in place.
Add other pieces to complete the small world scene: a bench or trees; vehicles in a parking lot; small figures as passengers waiting at the station.
Now you are ready to play!
Hurry and get your tickets at the station! The Playtime Express is arriving soon!
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