Children need play and toys for their emotional and cognitive development. Red fire engines and boxes are the iconic toys of childhood, and this craft combines the two with the addition of a few household items. Work with your child to create an extra bond, and help then realize their imagination by making a toy from an adult sized shoe box. A child's shoe box will be too small for this craft.
Cut the lid of an old adult shoe box 2 inches from each side lengthwise. You will making the long fire engine ladder with the lid.
Draw a ladder with a pencil onto the cut lid. Give about 1 1/2 inches between each step. Paint the ladder with white paint and allow to dry.
Paint four paper plates black. which will become the wheels. If they are large, you will need to cut them first to fit the shoe box.
Turn the shoe box upside down so that the open part is facing down. Draw windows, doors, headlamps, side ladder, and fender. Cut a 3 inch opening on the top of the turned over box for the ladder.
Paint windows, headlamps, side ladder, and fender white. Paint the rest of the box red, and use black paint to detail the door. Allow everything to dry.
Glue on the tires, and slide the ladder into the top of the box. Your child will know what to do next.
Tempura paint is washable and non-toxic and great to use with children. If your child is older, you may use acrylic paint, which is shinier and more durable. However, acrylic paint can permanently stain clothing and furniture.
Use newspaper or cloth to protect your table before starting any craft. Use caution when handling scissors, and never give sharp objects to young children.