If you're an educator who's teaching about farms or a parent or caregiver looking for engaging activities for your children to do on a rainy day, consider creating tractor-themed art projects. Not only are these projects fun to make, but they can also be used to teach about these important farm vehicles.
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Use this activity to reinforce shape recognition in children. Provide kids with templates of a long and short rectangle and small and large circles. Set out red, yellow and black construction paper and tell kids to trace the circles onto the black construction paper and the rectangles onto red or yellow construction paper. Help the little craftmakers glue the long rectangles horizontally onto a piece of paper and then glue the short rectangle vertically onto the end of the long rectangle. The base of the short rectangle should touch the base of the long rectangle, forming an "L" shape, which serves as the body of the tractor. Have kids glue the large circle on the back and bottom of the letter "L" and the small circle on the front and bottom of the letter "L," forming wheels for the tractor.
Tractor Wheel Prints
Instead of using paintbrushes, use tractor wheels to create paintings. Place a shallow layer of tempera paint on a paper plate and provide children with toy tractors. Have them roll the tractors through the paint and then roll them onto pieces of paper. As they roll the paint-covered wheels across the paper, the wheels leave interesting prints, creating an abstract work of tractor art.
Torn Paper Tractor
Help your kids strengthen the small muscles of their hands with this activity. Draw an outline of a tractor on a piece of paper for each child. Set out pieces of red, black, green and yellow construction paper. Have kids tear the black construction paper into small pieces and have them choose a red, green or yellow paper and tear it into small pieces, as well. Show kids how to glue the black pieces onto the tractor tires and the torn pieces of red, green or yellow paper onto the body of the tractor.
Potato Print Tractor
You'll actually encourage kids to play with their food with this art activity. Cut potatoes in thirds and cut one piece into the shape of a large circle, one piece into the shape of a small circle and the third piece into the shape of a rectangle. Set out red and black tempera paint. Have kids dip the rectangle into the red paint and press it onto the paper, forming the body of the tractor. Have them dip both circles into the black paint and press one circle on the front and one circle on the back of the rectangle, forming tractor wheels. Encourage kids to use crayons to decorate the background of their pictures.
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