To celebrate Road Safety Week I’m sharing some transport art ideas for kids.
You can try the art ideas at home with your children. There are some great resources available from Brake, as part of road safety week. You can use them to help you talk to your children about staying safe, whilst doing the art activities. THINK! have also released some new videos to help teach your children to ‘Stop, Look, Listen and Think.’
Cardboard box vehicles
One of the art activities my kids love most is creating something out of a large box! I love that boxes can be anything e.g. a plane, a castle, a rocket, a train, a pirate ship, or a car. It’s fascinating to watch children act out role plays using their creation and see where their imaginations take them.
If your child is younger and just wants to decorate a fab sit-in car, complete with windshield, get some step-by-step instructions from Parenting.com
Vehicle Edible Sensory Bin
This one is lots of fun and really easy to setup. You set up a ramp. To do this I lean a piece of cardboard from an old cardboard box against an upturned plastic box or a chair seat. I usually fit the bottom end of the cardboard ramp into a plastic box, so that it catches the painty vehicles. You can put paper on top of your cardboard ramp, or just use it without.
Squirt some paint across the top of the ramp, then let your trains, cars and trucks race down the ramp through the paint!
Painting with Cars
Junk Model Vehicles
My kids love junk modelling and vehicles are great fun to make, plus you’re upcycling so you can feel good about yourself too!
The fab thing about junk modelling is that your little ones can really use their imaginations. They also have to use their problem solving skills to work out just how to get the plastic lid ‘wheel’ to stick onto the plastic bottle!
Boxes, bottles, lids, pipecleaners, glue, tape, paint, coloured paper, straws, lollipop sticks etc are all useful junk modelling items. Don’t worry if you don’t have everything though, just set out what you have and see what your little one creates.
If you’re looking for inspiration, I love the egg box vehicles from Wonderbly.
You might also like my blog post ‘6 Benefits of Junk Modelling: Surely it’s just rubbish?
STEM Vehicles That Go
These are trickier than the other transport art ideas, so you’ll need to work together.
Little Bins for Little Hands has put together a great round-up of vehicles which you can create which move! If you make any I’d love to see a video!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed the transport art ideas!