Popsicle Stick Tractor

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There are few things my kid loves more than trucks, trains, tractors and cars. When I stumbled across this adorable craft on Pinterest, I knew it would be a hit. It was a snowy day in Fairfield when we sat down to create our green tractor. That was nearly two weeks ago and he still regularly plays with his green tractor and has asked to make some more. I call that a success.

What I will say about this craft is that it involves a little more adult prep and assembly than most of our crafting adventures. We made this a two part craft with a bath and a nap in between. First he painted. Then mom assembled and he glued. This was also one of my first attempts at navigating a hot glue gun while he napped. It took a little getting the hang of (and a lot of peeling dried glue off my fingers and swearing – again, he was napping) before I got into a groove. I’ve included a picture of the back below to demonstrate what I mean. I would strongly suggest using smaller sticks to create a strong enough back to allow for play. I used three smaller sticks to hold everything together. Please note my excellent hot glue skills. Ha!

popsicle-stick-back

Despite the extra work on my end, he was so proud of his tractor and regularly plays with it. Huge hit for us and a great snow day activity.

Materials:

  • Popsicle sticks (10 large ones and 3 smaller, thinner ones)
  • Green paint
  • Black, yellow and white construction paper
  • Glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun

Directions: 

  • To prep: Gather sticks. Cut out two large black circles for the wheels, two smaller circles to complete the wheels, a black smokestack and a white window.
  • Let your little one paint the sticks green. Let dry and move on to a new activity.
  • To Prep for part 2: Assemble the horizontal pieces of the truck, lay them upside down on the a flat surface and apply hot glue to each of the vertical sticks. One by one, add the vertical sticks to the left side of the tractor. Once complete and dry, use three smaller sticks to create reinforcement to strength. Glue two across the horizontal portion and one across the back of the vertical portion. Let dry.
  • Then, let your little one glue on the wheels, smoke stack and window.
  • Play!

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