- Age Guideline: 6 Years and Up
- Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Milk Carton (small pint size works best)
- Construction Paper
- 4 Bottle Caps or Lids from a Milk Jugs
- Craft Glue or Cellophane Tape
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Paint the 4 bottle or milk caps black to make the wheels for the bus. You can also cut small circles from black construction paper and glue the to the outside of the caps. If you con't have bottle or milk caps, try to find some big buttons, or anything else that is small and round; even small circles cut out of construction paper will work.
Cut a piece of yellow construction paper to cover the entire outside of the milk carton. Glue or tape it around the milk carton. Now, using the markers, draw the details on the bus (windows and even kids in the windows, etc)... Once you get it decorated the way you want it, you are ready to attach the wheels.
Now you can glue the wheels into place! You will want most of the wheel attached to the bus body with very little hanging over the bottom edge. Use a hot glue gun and glue sticks to attach the wheels.
Jean's Variation: The photo here was submitted by Jean and Jonathan. Jean said, "I made a few modifications to the original instructions. I had a 1/4 pint carton as well as a 1/2 pint carton, so used the small one in front for the "engine", and the big one in the back. I used craft foam for the wheels and that worked well. My son wanted the bus to stand on the wheels, which it does! We had fun making it together. Thanks for your web page and ideas."
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