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Easy Paper Roll Train Craft for Kids

Simple Toilet Paper Roll Train

Transportation is one of my very favorite early learning themes.

Preschoolers get so excited whenever it’s time to talk about something that moves. (Maybe because they move so much themselves?)

Simple Toilet Paper Roll Train

When I was young, I grew up in a very small town with a train track. Hearing the sound of the train was a pretty common occurrence.

When I was a teenager, my father even turned our entire backyard into a model railroad layout. Honestly, that was a bit too far, but I digress.

Simple Toy Train Paper Roll Craft to Make with KidsSimple Toy Train Paper Roll Craft to Make with Kids

I still love trains. And I thought this fun toy train paper roll craft would make a simple and fun transportation activity to share with all of you!

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Keep reading to see how to make one with your students.

And for more fun with transportation, take a look at our Revving Racecar Scissor Skills Printables!

Make this simple toy train paper roll craft with kids for an easy transportation theme activity!Make this simple toy train paper roll craft with kids for an easy transportation theme activity!

What You’ll Need to Make the Easy Paper Roll Train Craft

To make this toilet paper roll train craft, you’ll need the following: (Affiliate links are used below. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)

Paper Roll Train Craft TemplatePaper Roll Train Craft Template

Once you’ve printed the paper template, use a pencil to trace the individual pieces onto colored craft paper. Then cut each piece out.

If you’re working with very young children, you may want to do this step yourself before you begin the activity.

After you’ve cut out all the pieces, you’re ready to go!


How to Make a Train Paper Roll Craft for Kids

Glue the body of the train around the empty paper roll to form the train chassis.

Use the end of the scissors to poke holes through the paper roll.

You’ll need a total of four holes – one for each train wheel. (This step should be done by an adult.)

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Now it’s time to make the train “wheels”.

Glue the small circles onto the larger circles to form the wheels.

How to Make a Train Out of Toilet Paper RollsHow to Make a Train Out of Toilet Paper Rolls

Attach a toothpick to the end of one wheel using craft glue.

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Insert a toothpick through the hole on one end of the paper roll and push it through to the hole on the other side.

Attach the second wheel to the open end of the toothpick.

Easy Paper Roll Train Craft for KidsEasy Paper Roll Train Craft for Kids

Do the same on the other side to form the second set of wheels.

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Now, make two fold lines in the train “top” piece.

Glue the four smaller rectangles on each end – two on each side. These are the train “windows”.

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Finally, you’ll make the funnel.

Fold the smaller cylindrical piece into a tube and secure the end with craft glue. Fold the top funnel piece into a circle and glue the ends together.

Glue the two pieces together to form the funnel.

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All that’s left now is to glue the cabin and the funnel onto the train!

Easy Toy Train Paper Roll CraftEasy Toy Train Paper Roll Craft

Such a cute train craft to make with little ones!

Looking for more activities about things that go? Try these transportation theme activities for early learners!

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