Is it silly that I’ve always wanted to do a covered wagon project? Well, silly or not, I finally had a good excuse to have the boys make their own covered wagons. We were studying the days of the pioneers. We just had to make a covered wagon to go along with that era… And to tell the truth, I was hoping to make an entire old west town out of cardboard. But, we ran out of time & now it’s time to move on to other subjects. Hopefully we can still make the old west town one day.
The base of the wagon was a small cardboard box. They covered the box with strips of brown construction paper to resemble wood.
This is not a fancy craft. The hoops holding up the canvas are pieces of wire shoved between layers of the cardboard. As I’ve mentioned before, awhile ago we dyed paper, yarn & fabric. They used scraps of that fabric as the canvas on their covered wagon, which is why their canvas is tinted purple. We used the dyed yarn to tie the canvas to the covered wagon.
The axles & wheels are tinker toys & cardboard.
They were given cardboard scraps & paper to add details to their wagon, such as people & their seats.
I’m really happy with how these turned out & the effort the kids put into making them. They seemed to have a great time with this project.