Train Caboose

Duration: any

Age: baby, toddler

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun,

summary:

You don’t have to spend a fortune on kids toys. A bit of crafty recycling on a rainy indoor day can result in a whole new train caboose for your kids to play in, or pull their toys around in.

Have fun pushing teddies or baby/toddler (in bigger box) around the room!
- Adele Banwell, VIC.

Equipment:

Old box. Used wrapping paper (to cover box). Cellophane (for smoke). Coloured Paper & Foil (to decorate). Margarine/dip plastic container (front light). Egg carton (for grill). Masking/packing tape. Black Marker. Scrap Material (engine driver hat!).

Directions:

1. Remove flaps from cardboard box
2. Wrap outside of box in wrapping paper. Secure with tape
3. Take one cardboard flap and cut out 20-30cm x 5cm stick- can use paper or marker to decorate
4. Scrunch up cellophane into 3 balls and stick onto decorated side of cardboard stick- Secure to front of box to form the smoke pipe
5. Cover margarine/dip container in foil and coloured paper to make front light. Stick to box – below base of smoke pipe
6. Cut out egg carton and shape to form grill- secure to base of box at the front
7. Draw on wheels or cut out from scrap paper
8. Have fun pushing teddies/baby or toddler (in bigger box) around the room!!