Tractors always command attention from kids. How could a child look past those big tires and the fact that the tractor gets to drive through fields? These crafts and activities fit well into a farm theme or at home for your little tractor lover.
Paper Towel Tube Tractors
An empty paper towel tube becomes the main part of the tractor in this easy recyclable craft. You’ll need a section about 5 inches long. Cut two slits about 1 inch long from one end, leaving about 1 inch between the two slits. This creates the cab of tractor. Once you make the cuts, fold the flap it creates upward.
Now your child is ready to paint the tractor. Let him choose whatever color he wants. Cut a small square of paper to make the window for the front of the cab. Add wheels made from two different sizes of bottle caps. Use a wine cork or a piece of rolled paper to make the smokestack on the front of the tractor.
Take off your shoes for this tractor craft. Paint your child’s foot in the color you want for your tractor. Stamp his foot onto the paper. Draw in the other details of the tractor, including the cab, smokestack and tires. This craft makes a great keepsake because it captures the size of your child’s foot at that time.
If your child is a tractor fan, he likely has plenty of toy tractors. Those tractors work well as a makeshift painting tool. Drive the tractor through paint that is spread out on a paper plate. When the wheels are covered on all sizes, your child can drive it across a piece of paper.
When snack time rolls around, don’t leave the tractor theme behind. Cut up several different fruits and vegetables. Use toothpicks to hold the pieces together to make the tractor. You can also use peanut butter or cream cheese to stick the pieces together.
A couple large cardboard boxes work well for creating a tractor the kids can play in. One box should be a little smaller than the other so it can be the cab. Cut rectangles out of four sides of the smaller box to create the windows. You’ll also want to cut the bottom out of the box so it is open like a tractor cab. Cut a hole in the top of the larger box the same size as the hole in the bottom of the smaller box. Line up those boxes and attach the two together. Cut a door in the back of the tractor so the kids can climb in.
Now you’re ready to decorate the tractor. Paint the boxes. Add a grill and tires cut out of paper. Use an oatmeal container or cardboard tube as the smokestack.