Enhance your little rider’s outdoor playtime with this DIY traffic light! This craft will encourage imaginative play as toddlers and preschoolers drive their riding toys around the backyard or sidewalk. Kids can learn all about traffic safety and what it means to stop, slow down and go. It’s always a good time to talk to you kids about outdoor safety. What better way to teach them about safety than through play!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Empty tissue box
Wrapping paper and its cardboard tube
Crafting cattails (a ruler or 6” metal rod will also work)
Markers (red, yellow and green)
Cup (or something else circular for tracing)
Open one side of the empty tissue box and fold the loose flaps inside or cut them off.
Wrap the five sides of the tissue box and keep the opened side unwrapped.
Use a cup or other circular item to trace and color three circles onto one side of the tissue box. It’s optional to write, “Stop, slow and go” on the appropriate circles.
Stick numerous cattails into the ground. If the cattails are not secure, you can also use a ruler or 6” metal rod.
Place the remaining wrapping paper tube over the cattails.
Put the traffic light on top of the wrapping paper roll.
Now your little ones can learn how to abide by the laws of the road. We also have tutorials for a DIY gas can and car wash to maximize make believe fun. Enjoy crafting with your little ones!
Happy National Cousins Day to all! This family holiday, celebrated each year on July 24, is a day to let all of your cousins knows how much they mean to you! Many of us grow up with our cousins and they end up becoming our lifelong friends. Are some of your little one’s playmates, their cousins? In honor of Cousins Day, we have three play ideas that little family members will love:
Have a tea party: Celebrate by inviting your toddler’s cousins over during snack time! Cousins can spend some time in the playroom pretending to throw a party and enjoy a make believe meal with their table and chairs set.
Do a good deed: Encourage your little one to help their cousins to clean their playroom or bedroom. Kids can work together as a team to put their toys away into a storage chest. Afterwards, kids can draw up some masterpieces and give them to their cousins as presents!
Create a secret cousins club: Toddlers can spend some time outside in one of their playhouses and make it a “cousins only” club for the day. Playmates can play house, have a secret meeting or eat a snack in their backyard hangout.
How will you and your family celebrate Cousins Day?