My kids had a blast creating this magnet track craft. It was a craft that could be done by all three (ages 6, 4, and 3) at different levels. My oldest was able to do everything on her own. The others needed help here or there with some of the steps. They all designed their own paper plate tracks, and that was their favorite part. After I had finished this craft with the kids, I wish I had considered creating all forms of transportation. You could easily create a water scene with a boat, train tracks with a train or a sky scene with an airplane. There are so many fun possibilities, and it would be a great craft for lessons on transportation.
The first thing to do is create your scene on a paper plate. Like I said, I now imagine a variety of forms of transportation in a variety of settings. The kids had fun using markers and their imagination to create different looks.
Abby and I were the only ones who created the cars. Abby’s turned out better than mine. I love the two cars she created in the pictures above. We did all our cars on the back of a paper plate so they would be stiffer.
For the next part, you will need Glue Dots , 2 magnets and a tongue depressor or popsicle stick for each child. I’m sure you could use something other than glue dots, but they make things so simple, accessible to all the kids, and they work really well. I love having these on hand.
Everyone had their own version. The feature picture is of my oldest daughter’s track. At the bottom of the post you see my version first, and then Corban and his plate (Abby added the tree) and then Kenzie’s creation.
I found this idea in a book I found in a second hand book store a while back. The book is called, “Look What You Can Make with Dozens of Household Items: Over 500 Pictured Crafts and Dozens of More Ideas!”