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!
Are you and your kids ready to splash, run, crawl, jump and shoot? In honor of Backyard Games Week we decided to create an obstacle course at our HQs that you can recreate in your own backyard. This obstacle course is perfect for Memorial Day Weekend because it will keep toddlers and preschoolers busy during barbecues. All you need is seven materials and you’ll be done in six easy steps, so let’s get started.
Write “START” in chalk near your child’s water table.
Place number stickers on the bottom of the water toys that are floating around in the activity table. When your toddlers pick up one of the water toys, ask them to flip it over to find a number. This number will be used at the end of the obstacle course. For this part of the activity, we made the numbers out of colored tape and put them on the bottom of rubber ducks.
Create arrows to lead preschoolers and toddlers to the different parts of the obstacle course. We taped duct tape to the grass to create the arrows (this step is optional).
Push two cattails or chopsticks into the ground parallel to one another 30 to 40 inches apart. Bend the pool noodles slightly and slide each side onto the sticks. Repeat this step until you have a noodle tunnel for kids to crawl through.
With your leftover noodles, make a “ladder” to lie on the ground. Cut a pool noodle into three parts to create the bars and tape them to two longer parallel noodles. Kids can crawl the ladder after exiting the tunnel or they can get up and jump over the bars of the ladder like a game of hopscotch.
Write “FINISH” near the basketball hoop. Remember the toy from the water table with the number on the bottom? Whichever number was on the toy is how many baskets little sports lovers should to try to make to finish the obstacle course.
This backyard adventure encourages kids to spend time outside and benefits their minds and bodies. We hope you and your family have just as much fun creating this activity as you will have playing with it.
Have you ever created a backyard obstacle course? If so, we would love to hear your ideas and stories!
Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the products featured in this blog post.
Now that spring is here and the sun is shining, it is time to clean your car. Your little ones can be just like mom and dad by driving their foot-to-floor ride-on cars through the toy car wash with the help of five simple materials and four easy steps. Let’s get started and make your kid’s riding toy shine!
What you’ll need:
A large box (we used a box with the following dimensions: 37” H x 27” W 38” D)
Gather your materials*
Design the outside of box with markers or other writing materials of your choice
Cut the roll of streamers and start taping them to the inside middle of the box
Continue to tape the streamers to the inside middle of the box until they cover from side to side
*For illustrative purposes, we placed the scissors in the Easy Turn Coupe. However, we strongly suggest not placing sharp objects in or near your child’s ride-on.
Kids can now begin driving through their toy car wash to keep their ride-on squeaky clean all year long! After their car is clean, kids can also use their DIY gas can to fill up their tank.
Manufacturer’s Note: Please make sure children are the recommended age to play with the product featured in this blog post.