You will absolute love this train track craft idea that goes far beyond that! Because you absolutely do not need to stop at a railroad track. Make roads, rivers, pebble paths, and whatever else your imagination can come up with. And then this super simple craft becomes something that you can take along and play with for hours. Combine it with little toys you already have around the house or head to the nearest gumball machine for a little quarter priced toy (like the duckies in the pictures below).
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Large popsicle sticks (as many a you want for the size track you want to make)
- Small pompom
Like every craft on this website, this project is made from the same master list of supplies used for EVERY creation her at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts”. We do this to make crafting with your kids something that you will not be another chore that you have to add to your “to do” list but rather a time that you can cherish and enjoy…less stress, less mess, less prep! So, fill up your bag and get ready to craft! You will thank be later. Get the printable list here…
Step 1: Paint
- Place the popsicle sticks on the newspaper to contain the mess
- Squeeze a bit of paint in your chosen color (like black for a railroad or gray for a road) onto the newspaper
- Pinch the pompom with your clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Paint your popsicle sticks and let the paint dry
Step 2: Add the details
- Add the details to whatever roadway, path, or track you are making. For example, use a q-tip to add tracks for a railroad. Or use a marker to draw the middle lines of your road. Of course, you can make it your own and form a whole new path, like a walking path with feet prints! I can’t wait to see what you create! (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- *A tip for painting the railroad tracks…Use a pencil tip to paint the thinner train tracks and a q-tip for the railroad ties. If you prefer, paint the ties brown (like wood) and then put a thin “track” of gray or silver on top.
My favorite (and the least messy) of these pathways to make is the pebble walkway. No paint needed, just a few markers. And they come together very quickly. We made this recently during a Facebook Live event which you can check out HERE.
Step 3: Play
- Set up your pathways and play away!
- Pair it with things like lego creations, hot wheel cars, little eraser characters, etc.
There are a couple of projects that we have done here at inthebagkidscrafts.com which will pair perfectly with these pathways so that you can extend play even more!!!
Check these out (just click on the image for full details):