Recycled Crayons with Vehicle Themed Candy Molds

 

candy mold crayons for kids

In preparation for my son’s 2nd birthday , I have been playing around with making fun loot bag gifts. Here is my favorite so far, candy mold recycled crayons. Super easy to make, kids love to use them to color and a huge bonus being that my son who eats every art supply under the sun seems to leave these alone!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some crayons ( about 4-5 per mold), an oven , disposable muffin liners, and a candy mold. I bought this candy mold from Micheal’s for less than $2 !
  2. Take the paper off the crayons, and break them into smaller pieces. Place them in a muffin tin .
  3. Melt. I used paper liners but the no pan needed liners are the best.
  4. Pour into the mold and let sit for an hour or until it’s cool. I used a cookie rack under the mold to keep it stable.
  5. Pop out of the mold.
  6. Get drawing !

 

Get On The Bus !

Cool Bus!


My son is obviously too young to go to school but he was ecstatic that the school year started because that meant that he got to see the “cool bus” today! We have a stop right infront of our house so all day today his mind was on the “cool bus” !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1 yellow, 1 black and a 3rd piece of construction paper, glue, scissors and some crayons.
  2. Have your child draw the bus stop. My son insisted I draw a sun as well.
  3. While they are coloring cut out an outline of a bus with the yellow paper.
  4. Cut out small squares for windows, a long thin rectangle for the stripe along the bus, and some circles for the wheels. I did small yellow circles for hubcaps too.
  5. Glue on the yellow bus.
  6. Add the windows. I placed the glue to help guide my toddler but preschoolers can do this step unassisted.
  7. Add the wheels. I didn’t have to help with this one!
  8. Add the hubcaps.
  9. Let dry!
Song!

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
round and round,
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town!

The driver on the bus goes move on back,
move on back,
move on back,
The driver on the bus goes move on back,
all through the town!

The money on the bus goes clink clink clink,
clink clink clink,
clink clink clink,
The money on the bus goes clink clink clink,
all through the town!

The people on the bus go up and down,
up and down,
up and down,
The people on the bus go up and down,
all through the town!

Book!

” The Seals On The Bus” by Lenny Hort .I love this book and my class a few years ago loved it as well, it’s a fun way to change up the classic song! When kids are learning to read they really benefit from predictable text and so using a song like this that is so familiar but changing only the simplest variables like making the passengers into animals is an instant hit!

Painting With Toy Vehicles

painting with toy cars 


This is one of my favorite super simple art activities. Kids love using their cars, trucks and trains to leave tracks on the paper, a huge hit with boys and girls alike! Painting with toy vehicles also helps kids develop creative thinking since we are using the toys for something other than their intended purpose.

  1. Gather your materials. For this art you will need at least one car per child, although I like using a few different ones so there is some variety on the paper. Some paint or an ink pad, paper and a plate or tray for the paint.
  2. Pour enough paint in the plate or tray so that the wheels get sufficiently covered. I put in a little at a time so that there are no globs, just a thin layer to make tracks.
  3. Roll your vehicles in the paint and transfer it to the paper!
  4. Add another color of paint to the plate switch up the vehicle and keep going!

* For older children you can even make a designated road, and then add to the activity by making some houses and buildings to glue on it!

Song!The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
round and round,
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town!

The driver on the bus goes move on back,
move on back,
move on back,
The driver on the bus goes move on back,
all through the town!

The money on the bus goes clink clink clink,
clink clink clink,
clink clink clink,
The money on the bus goes clink clink clink,
all through the town!

The people on the bus go up and down,
up and down,
up and down,
The people on the bus go up and down,
all through the town!

The babies on the bus go waa waa waa,
waa waa waa,
waa waa waa,
The babies on the bus go waa waa waa
all through the town!

The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish,
swish swish swish,
swish swish swish,
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish ,
all through the town!

Books!

John Deere: Loader (John Deere (DK Hardcover)) by John Deere is a fun toy/ book for little ones. The pages Velcro together to use it as a toy with real wheels but when you open it they have real life pictures of heavy building equipment and if your child is like my son , this book will be well read!

Tracks: All Aboard for the Wackiest Train Ride Ever! by David Galef is a funny book about what happens when the man designing the railway tracks breaks his glasses and can’t see properly. Very funny book for your little train enthusiast!

Construction Countdown by K.C Olsonis a counting book that uses backhoes, dump trucks and cement mixers among other things to count. Before I even closed the book my son was signing for more. I read it 4 times since getting it out of the library today. A huge hit here!

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Diaper Box Fire Truck


stuff for toddlers

My bathroom was starting to look like Costco with old diaper boxes, so I decided to make something useful. It took me less than 30 minutes and my son is in love with his ” Ning ning ning” which is his word for fire truck. Here is the how to!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an empty diaper box or other cardboard box, some glue or double stick tape, some colored paper and heavy duty scissors.
  2. Cut the flaps off the top of the box and lay it on it’s side. Cut a seat sized hole in the top for your child to slide into. You will want to either cover the edges with masking tape or do what I did and just bend them in so the cut edge isn’t so sharp.
  3. Get some colored paper or if you feel ambitious ( I didn’t) some white paper and cover the box. I used double stick tape because I was in a hurry and my son was climbing on the hearth, but there is no reason you couldn’t glue it. I just cut the paper in the shape of a fire truck- and if you click on the picture you will see that I simply layered it in places.
  4. Cut or paint some wheels , stick them on.
  5. To make the ladder I took a piece of paper and folded it lengthwise.
  6. I cut several slits in it, on the folded side not going all the way through.
  7. Then cut between them to make gaps in the ladder, glue it on.

* There is no reason kids can’t help making it but this was how I did it for my little guy who is only 15 months. With older kids i would have had them help make the lights, wheels, or even just covered it in white paper and let them at it with some red and black paint!

Need some Fire Truck Books ? Check these Emergency Vehicle Books  out .