Little DIYers

Little DIYers.

Do-it-yourself gives children at this age a lot of satisfaction, which, of course, does not require great precision (hand movements are getting better and better, but they are not yet fully operational) and allows you to get a visible effect in a short time. They are especially proud, when they can make the item, which can be used later in the game, or it may prove useful at home. DIY not only improves manual activities, but also teaches good organization of work, perseverance in achieving the goal, develops imagination. Therefore, it is worth creating conditions at home that are conducive to undertaking such activities, praise every result, because nothing encourages further effort like success.

It is best to start DIY with very easy and simple items, so that the child gains confidence in his abilities. Boys will be interested for sure model train made of bristol. For this work, you need to prepare the following materials: breast oil lub carton, paints or colored glossy paper, pieces of cardboard or cardboard, sticks or burned matches and good paper glue. Of the tools will be needed: scissors, compass, line, a pencil and a sharp skewer to make holes.

Determine the size before getting started (height and length) future vehicles, and then prepare appropriately sized pieces of double-folded Bristol board or cardboard. On both sides of it we draw a line parallel to the paper fold line and 1-1.5 cm away from it. The space between the lines will be the base of the vehicle. Then we draw the outlines of the locomotive or wagon, cut and bend like this, as the picture shows, then glue the top part of the model together. We cut out circles from cardboard and glue them with matchstick glue. We make the chassis from a strip of Bristol board (cardboard) with a width equal to the base of the vehicle. In two places we make bends as shown in the picture.

They should be that big, so that a match with glued circles fits freely. Glue the chassis to the bottom of the locomotive. Now we make couplings. We will make them according to the drawing above and glue them to each wagon – type A on one side, and on the other - B. The wagons can be painted with paints or covered with colored paper.

The figure shows examples of different types of wagons. Of course, you can do much more. If we go with the child to the railway station and there we observe different types of wagons together, then there will probably be many other ideas.

The Bristol train is not only easy to make, but also looks very effective, if done cleanly and carefully. However, it has a disadvantage - the wagons cannot carry anything, so the model can only be used as decoration.