Saturday, June 21, 2014

Play Trains!

I would like to interrupt the normal quilting/sewing blog posts with some cuteness and trains! My 2 1/2 year old son, Jared LOVES to play trains!!!  Yesterday I decided to make some fun scenes for his wooden train tracks to make them even more fun!  I didn't glue the track pieces to the cardboard because I wanted to reuse them if needed. With his help this is what we came up with.  I left him help with a lot except of course the hot glue gun!  He painted, put glitter on the wet paint, put stickers and animals in their places, etc...




If you want to make your own, here is what you need:
Cardboard Boxes (I got mine from Aldi's but you could also get some at Sam's Club)
Paint
Hot Glue
Paint Brushes
Craft Supplies


Craft Supplies we used: pipe cleaners, foam stickers, glass rocks, rocks, fake leaves and plants, sticks from our yard, glitter, poms, etc…
I traced the wooden track pieces on the cardboard before I did anything to the cardboard.  That way I knew where the tracks were going and left enough room for them.


The Scenes:

A zoo! 
There are LOTS of different animals in our zoo and Jared had fun picking out all of the animals. We painted different sections to make it seem like a real zoo.  I hot glued fake leaves and plants all around as well as real sand in the wet paint by the water. Jared had fun putting all the stickers around the zoo.


 My favorite might be the monkeys hanging from the stick.

Next we have an Ocean! We put glitter in the wet paint to make the water sparkle, as well as real sand in the beach area.  I hot glued some real sea shells that we collected at Galveston Island last summer! 


Look at the cute shells!!




The farm!  I painted a barn, pond and plenty of pasture. 


Jared added lots of cow, horse, pig and chicken foam stickers all around the farm.


Lastly, we have a Dr. Seuss/colors & shapes land.  I had some flash cards from the dollar bin at Target so we decided to use those for this one.


We used LOTS of brightly colored paint, poms and pipe cleaners.




Another shot of the set up.  Daddy got in on the fun too and built Jared this awesome track with the boxes!  

I'd love to see your boxes if you make one and have fun!!! Great summer activity with the kiddos!


3 comments:

Miss Nancy said...

Love this, Jaime!!! Great idea, well done and fun. Thank you for sharing. Have a super great day! Your little guy is amazing!

Sarah in Houston said...

Totally fantastic and amazing. How fun.

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