Pull-Along Canister Train

Education Category: Creative
Ages: 0-4, 4-8, 8-12

Let children craft their own train! It's not only much fun to make your own - it's also a whole lot cheaper! 


What You Need:

  • Empty oatmeal canister
  • Black construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Clear tape
  • Cardboard
  • Paper fasteners
  • Small cardboard tube from a roll of paper towel
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Nail
  • String
  • Permanent markers


What You Do:

  • Trace the lid of the canister on a piece of black paper. Cut out the circle and replace the lid.
  • Glue the circle to the bottom of the canister.
  • Wrap black paper around the whole canister, leaving the top uncovered, and secure with tape.
  • Cut four small circular wheels out of cardboard.
  • Punch a hole in the middle of each circle with the nail. Punch four holes in the canister: one a few inches from the top, one a few inches from the bottom, and two directly opposite those on the other side of the canister.
  • Use the paper fasteners to attach the wheels to the canister by inserting a fastener through the hole in the circle and then the hole in the canister. Repeat with remaining circles and fasteners.
  • Lie canister on its side.
  • Cut the bottom 1/3 of the cardboard tube and glue it to the top of the canister (now lying on its side) as a smokestack.
  • Draw a face on the lid of the canister, now the front of the train, using permanent marker.
  • Poke a hole in the lid, attach a string and knot it before replacing.


You now have your own, homemade pull toy. Toot toot!

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