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Easy Science Activities for Kids


Traffic Signs
Traffic signs
Traffic signs
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Traffic signs are fun to make for toy cars -- and a great way for kids to learn their road signs. You'll need to help with the power tools needed for this easy science activity for kids.

What You'll Need:

  • Five 1×2-inch boards
  • Five 1/4-inch wood dowels
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Power drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • Cardboard
  • Blunt scissors
  • Markers
  • Transparent tape

Step 1: Make sure an adult saws and drills all the wood pieces.

Step 2: Sand the wood smooth.

Step 3: Saw the 1×2-inch boards into 2-inch pieces for the bases of the signs.

Step 4: Drill a 1/4-inch hole in the center of each wood base.

Step 5: Saw the dowels into 4-inch pieces for the sign posts.

Step 6: Glue each dowel in a base.

Step 7: To make a sign, cut a piece from the cardboard that measures 4 inches by 1-1/2 inches.

Step 8: Fold the cardboard in half and draw a traffic sign on each side.

Step 9: Tape the sides closed to make a pocket.

Step 10: Slip the cardboard over a dowel sign post.

Step 11: Repeat to make four more signs. For instance, you could make a stop sign, yield sign, traffic signal, railroad crossing sign, and walk/don't walk sign.

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