Farm vehicles are a staple for working farms, particularly large ones. Tractors are the most common farm vehicles because they are essential for ploughing fields and hauling loads and farm supplies. While farm vehicles may not be feasible play options for children (because of safety concerns), crafts give them a way to pretend to be part of the process.
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Cut And Paste Tractor
This simple tractor activity is easy enough even for preschoolers. Ahead of the activity, you'll need to draw on paper one large circle (about 3 inches in diameter), one smaller circle, the actual vehicle of the tractor with the seat and engine and a wheel. Photocopy each cut-out for each child. If you want to skip the drawing, the website www.first-school.ws provides a printable template to use instead. Have the children colour these drawings as they desire and then cut out the pieces. They can glue them together on a separate piece of paper, which you can mount on a bulletin board dedicated to celebrating a farm unit.
"T" Is for Tractor
It's often helpful for young ones who are just learning their ABC's to have a picture with which they can associate the letter. In this case, they'll be able to make a picture out of their letter. On a piece of green felt, trace the letter "T" that's about 5 to 6 inches tall. On yellow felt, cut out two wheels, with one circle larger than the other. You'll also want to cut out a black steering wheel using black felt. With sharp scissors, you can cut out the letter "T," the steering wheel and the wheels. The children can "assemble" their tractors on a felt board by laying the "T" on its side and gluing the wheels to it (when the "T" is on its side, half of the letter that would be the top part is now the back of the seat, while the other half will receive the smaller wheel). You can do a similar measure with each letter of the alphabet, turning the letters into learning centres.
Soda Bottle Tractor
This tractor craft from Family Fun provides children with a three-dimensional tractor. It's made from recycled materials, so it could be a useful Earth Day craft. You'll need a clean, empty 591ml soda bottle, two old CDs, two soda bottle caps, an empty bar soap box, craft glue and a pencil. You'll also need scissors, a push pin and a meat skewer. With the bottle standing up, punch a hole on both sides of the bottle with a push pin about 1.5 inches down from the cap. Then, use the skewer to widen the holes. Push the pencil through the holes, and glue a bottle cap to each end of the pencil, which serve as front wheels. Once done, lay the bottle on its side. Children can paint the two CDs black and glue them near the bottom of the soda bottle as back wheels. You can cut a corner from the bar soap box to serve as a seat. If children want to add a steering wheel, push a skewer through the middle of the bottle (the same way that was done for the front wheels), and then glue a black juice cap to the end of the skewer with hot glue. This tractor won't move, but Family Fun has additional directions about making it mobile.
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