Road Sign Craft Project and Game for Kids
Teaching your little ones about important road signs they should be aware of has many benefits. Not only will they learn about shapes, colors, symbols, and words--they will be more aware of their surroundings when they go outside.
Here is a fun and easy craft project and game you can do with your kids to help teach them about need-to-know road signs.
How to Make a Stop Sign
Try making other signs using the same process to teach the little ones even more!
- Red and White construction paper or poster board
- Paper towel roll or something to attach your sign to.
- Glue, I prefer glue sticks personally.
- Clear tape
- (optional) Letter stencils
Using your pencil and ruler draw and cut out an octagon on the red paper. Make it interesting for your little one by counting sides. It may also be fun beforehand to draw different shapes on a scrap piece of paper (triangle, square, hexagon, etc.) and have them pick out the shape with 8 sides for the stop sign.
Using your letter stencils draw and cut out the letters for your stop sign on the white paper. Spell it out with your little one as you go along S-T-O-P. Talk about what it means and maybe even its opposites. Or talk about words that start with those letters.
Glue letters onto octagon together. Optional, cut out a bigger octagon on the white paper and glue the red one on top to make the white border like the one on a real stop sign.
With glue or tape attach your sign to the paper towel roll. And you're done! You can play pretend cars with your little one and teach them what cars do at stop signs and what pedestrians should do at stop signs.
How to Make a Traffic Light
- Cardboard milk carton or small rectangular box
- Yellow, green, red, and one other colour construction paper or poster board
- Glue/glue stick
- Drafting compass, a cup, or something round to trace
- (optional) Yarn
- (optional) Yarn needle
- (optional) Painter's tape
Cut off the top of your milk carton. If you have a box you can just close it or cut off the opening flaps.
Cut out and glue the "other colour" construction paper on all four sides of the milk carton/box. You can talk about the difference between rectangles and rectangular prisms. You can also talk about the similarities and differences between squares/cubes and rectangles/rectangular prisms.
Trace your cup/circular object or use your drafting compass to draw and cut out 4 sets of circles in red, green, and yellow. You can talk about what makes circles different from other shapes; no sides, no edges.
Paste your circles on all four sides of the carton/box (with the closed part of the carton up and the open part down); red on top, yellow in the middle, green on the bottom. Let dry before moving around too much.
(Optional) Step 5
Using your yarn needle or carefully with scissors, punch a hole through the top center of the light. String the yarn through and tie a knot at the end. Using the painter's tape, hang your street light where you want it to go during your driving game. The painter's tape will be strong enough to hold the light, but won't damage your wall or ceiling.
Tip: In the driving game, since the lights don't visibly change, a parent or a child who does not want to pretend to drive should call out the colour of the lights. If it is a child, remind them they can't jump from green to red--they have to remember to say yellow so everyone can prepare to stop!
How to Make a Walk/Don't Walk Sign
Most places now have replaced their "Walk/Don't Walk" signs with symbols to make it easier for children and people who do not speak English to understand, but some places still have the signs with words on them. I would suggest making signs that are similar to the ones in your community so your kids can recognize them. Making ones with words can help develop language and reading skills as well, though.
- Black, white, and red or orange construction paper or poster board
- Paper towel roll or something to paste sign on
- Glue/Glue stick
- Reference image of Walk/Don't Walk symbols
- (optional) Letter stencils
Draw and cut out 2 identical black paper squares. You can discuss squares and what makes squares different from other shapes.
Use letter stencils or draw and cut out "Walk" in white paper and "Don't Walk" in red/orange paper. Or draw walking person symbol in white paper and stop hand in red/orange paper. OR do both. :) Make it interesting by talking about letters or asking the little ones about any other pictorial symbols they can think of, like the man and woman sign on bathroom doors, or no smoking signs.
Paste "Walk" or walking person symbol (or both) on one black square. Paste "Don't Walk" or stop hand (or both) on other black square.
Attach one black square on one side of the paper towel roll and the other square on the other side.
Tip: When playing the driving game, or practicing signs a parent or child should be in charge of turning the Walk/Don't Walk sign. Make sure it goes along with the streetlights so no pedestrians get hurt!
How to Make a Cardboard Car
This is a really basic guide to make a cardboard car. Use your imagination to embellish it and make it super special!
- Cardboard box your little one can fit in.
- Glue/Glue stick or Hot Glue (this might work best for this project)
- Duct Tape
- Thick Ribbon or Fabric Straps
- White, black, and at least one other colour acrylic paint
- Paper plate or something large and round trace
- Drafting compass, cup, or something small and round to trace
- Paint brushes
- Cups with water, paper towels, paper plates (to use as paint palettes), and anything else you need to paint/keep project from getting too messy.
Using scissors or box cutter, an adult should cut off the top and bottom flaps of your box.
Using your paper plate or large round object, trace and cut out four circles in the cardboard flap scraps you just cut off. Trace two smaller circles on the front and back of the box for the car lights. With your little ones compare the sizes, which one's larger? Which one is smaller? Optional, cut out a fifth large circle for the steering wheel.
Take your ribbon or fabric straps and size up your little one in their cardboard car. You should have two straps of even size to hold up the car. You can also make straps by sticking two strips of duct tape together. Duct tape the straps on the inside of the car.
Paint the car body in whatever colour you choose. Paint the lights white and the wheels black (with gray--black + white--centers). You can talk about mixing colours, primary and secondary colours, and parts of a car. Optional, paint on car details, like the bumper, fender, and car doors. You could even add side-view mirrors using remaining scrap cardboard.
Let dry before continuing.
Glue wheels on the sides of the car, I think it looks best when the wheels are half on the car and half hanging down. Make any final detail touch-ups. Let dry and then--have fun!
Tip: For very little ones you can decorate a box that still has a bottom and push or pull them around.
This project also works for spaceships.
Kid's Driving Game
Set up your signs and traffic lights around the house. You can establish sidewalks and streets using sheets or rolls of fabric or paper (lying flat so no one trips) or just pretend. You can make your pretend city more city like by building cardboard houses too.
Once your imaginary city is built get in your cardboard or pretend car and zoom around. Practice signals, reading street signs and lights, and watch out for pedestrians and stray animals!
This could be a real nice activity on a rainy day.
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