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Do It Yourself (DIY) craft ideas that you and your kids can create together! Take a look at how we’ve used Step2 toys in creative ways.

Easy Traffic Light Craft for Ride-Ons!

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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)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Markers (red, yellow and green)
  • Pencil
  • Cup (or something else circular for tracing)

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  1. Open one side of the empty tissue box and fold the loose flaps inside or cut them off.
  2. Wrap the five sides of the tissue box and keep the opened side unwrapped.
  3. 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.
  4. Stick numerous cattails into the ground. If the cattails are not secure, you can also use a ruler or 6” metal rod.
  5. Place the remaining wrapping paper tube over the cattails.
  6. Put the traffic light on top of the wrapping paper roll.

traffic light tutorial

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!

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P.S: The toy truck featured in this blog post is the 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 Raptor SVT!

 

Mail Delivery for Playhouses!

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This month is all about summertime fun and incorporating outdoor and imaginative play. Playing in a playhouse is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to develop their imaginations while they spend time in the backyard. We have an easy craft for you and your family to create that will go perfectly with your child’s playhouse.

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Recently, we’ve had customers ask if we have mail that goes with our playhouses. At this time we don’t have mail; however, one of our crafty consumer service representatives Sandy decided to create something special for our customers to design at home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  1. Trace the 3” x 5” note card onto a foam sheet. Cut out the traced portion of the sheet to achieve the postcard size that will fit into the Step2 playhouse mail slots.
  2. Decorate the postcards with the foam letter and animal stickers. This is a great exercise to teach little ones how to spell their names if they want to address the cards to themselves.
  3. Decorate the tote bag with the same materials from the previous step.
  4. Place the postcards into the tote bag and your kids are ready to deliver mail!

mail and mail bag instructions

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Many of our playhouses have mail slots that are compatible with this DIY craft:

This project is a blast for the whole family to enjoy! Plus, it will provide kids with hours of pretend play fun. Even though we decided to decorate our postcards with the materials and instructions above, there are other cute ways to create kid’s postcards. Check out how A Million Moments and See Vanessa Craft designed their own envelopes.

Happy crafting!


 

Backyard Obstacle Course

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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.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  1. Write “START” in chalk near your child’s water table.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

backyard obstacle course instructions

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.