After one particularly crazy weekend (you know, the kind that flies by and you don’t even remember what happened when Monday rolls around again), I needed a fast craft for Children’s Church on a Sunday morning. I barely had time to get dressed and make it to church on time, much less whip up a fun craft for the kids.
Our Children’s Church consists of three years old through 7 years old and is mostly boys, so it also needed to be age appropriate. Our topic for the morning was “Leaders” and how God gives us leaders in our lives in different ways. After contemplating the theme of leaders on the commute, I came up with a super fast Fire Truck craft. After all, firemen are leaders in our community, and hopefully a fire truck craft would help the kids think about leaders and their place in our lives.
I wasn’t sure how the kids would like the craft. It wasn’t elaborate, and in my mind I wished that I could do something more for them, but sometimes you just have to roll with what you have. I was surprised to find that this was probably one of their favorite crafts that we have ever done with them! Here’s how to make your own super quick Fire Truck craft at the blink of an eye.
- Red construction paper
- Black construction paper
- Glue sticks
- Crayons, markers, etc.
Prior to the kids beginning the craft, cut out the fire truck shapes. You will need two black circles for each truck. These will serve as as the wheels. They need to be at least 1 3/4 inches in diameter. I used a bubble bottle to trace the circle shapes.
Cut out one fire truck shape for each child. To do this, I folded a piece of red construction paper in half. I then cut the “bed” of the truck by cutting down the middle lengthwise for five inches. At this point I stopped and cut the paper vertically to the top. I then unfolded the paper and cut the two “fire trucks” apart by cutting on the fold.
See the below pictures for a visual. The trucks for the kids I cut in red paper, but for better photo purposes I used white paper for the below example.
Give each child one truck cut out and two black circles. Let them glue the wheels on to the bottom of the truck cut-out, or help them if needed.
Let them get creative and decorate their trucks. They can add a number, ladder, hose, fireman, doors, etc. Use crayons, markers, and paints as dictated by the child’s age and time allotted for craft.