Homemade Bus Stops for Kids

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Homemade Bus Stops for Kids
Tailor a homemade bus shelter for your kids. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A bus shelter will shield your children from the elements with a safe place to wait for the bus. Create a colourful bus shelter and place it far back from the road. Choose a design to brighten your child's day with a positive outlook. Whether you choose to build a simplistic shed-like structure, or something visually appealing to coexist with your home's decor, many options are available.

Basic Shelter

A basic homemade bus shelter can be built with a frame covered in lattice. Paint the finished structure in a bright colour like red or blue. Hang heavy-duty hooks inside the shelter to allow kids to hang their backpacks or jackets while they wait. Make the shelter comfortable with a bench to run the length of the shelter. Waterproof patio cushions can be used for the seat. Plant vines on either side of the structure, and in time they will cover the structure.

Mini House Shelter

Blend the shelter into the existing look of your decor by painting the shelter the same colour as your deck, garage or house. Use similar materials to unify the shelter with the rest of your property. For instance, design a small brick enclosure to match the brick of your home. Other ideas for the bus shelter include a window, flower pots and benches. If the shelter is to serve more than one child, consider creating an individual space for each child such as a locker or a drawer.

City Shelter

Visit any major city for bus shelter inspiration. Imitate a city-style shelter with large sheets of Plexglas or acrylic framed and assembled into a shelter. This style of bus shelter will let the kids see the bus coming from far away, and give them time to get their backpacks and other belongings ready. Whether you choose to create a modern-style waiting pod or a wooden-framed shelter, a city-style bus shelter is sure to please any child faced with a lengthy wait for the bus.

Other Ideas

A bus shelter can be framed to look like a variety of zany things. Create a bus shelter and paint it to look like a bus, a piece of fruit or any number of other things. Include items like a mirror, a garbage can, shelves and a chalkboard to personalise the space with convenience. If the kids have a long wait, add time fillers such as a tic-tack-toe board, draughts with large pieces or an easel with paper that your child can fill with drawings.

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