Scarecrows, sheep, crows, trees… we’ve all the fun of the countryside but until now we were missing something we see plenty of round here: a tractor.

This is a cute but simple tractor made with the simplest of items: craft sticks. Who knows? For next year we might publish a 3D version of it, but this one is ideal to add to other countryside collages, or you can even make it into a cheery fridge magnet by gluing a magnetic strip to the reverse. And for those children who aren’t as into minimalist decor, there’s plenty of scope to bling up the tractor with stickers, glitter, beads or paint. Because we all love a bit of glitter, don’t we?!

Don’t forget to share a picture of your makes on social media with the hashtag #kettlewellscarecrow. We’d love to see how you get on!

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The finished lollipop/craft stick tractor
Yield: 1

Make your own lollipop stick tractor

Active Time: 20 minutes
Drying Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Cheap

Simple but effective, craft sticks - or lollipop sticks, easily gathered in the summer months - are used here to make a colourful tractor. Once made, it's a great addition to a larger countryside collage, or can easily be made into a fridge magnet by gluing on a magnet to the back.

Materials

  • 7 coloured craft sticks (or you can colour lolly sticks with felt-tipped pens.)
  • 2 Buttons, one larger than the other
  • PVA Glue

Tools

  • Scissors - ask a grown-up for help as the sticks can be tough

Instructions

  1. Place 2 craft sticks parallel to each other, a little way apart. Two craft/lollipop sticks, set parallel to each other with a small gap between
  2. Cut one of the craft sticks in half, or ask an adult to help.
  3. Place one of the half craft sticks at the top of the parallel sticks and use your glue to stick it down to both. One half of a cut craft stick is glued to the top of the parallel sticks to create a roof
  4. Glue another full craft stick at the bottom of the two, as shown in the picture. A whole craft stick has been glued at the base of the parallel sticks to create the floor of the tractor
  5. Glue on more sticks, so you are left with a square at the top, this is the tractor window. Three more craft sticks have been glued horizontally above the bottom one to create the body of the tractor
  6. Glue your buttons on for the wheels. Glue on the buttons to make the wheels, the large on at the back
  7. Use your left over half craft stick at the front of the tractor, glue at the back. The finished lollipop/craft stick tractor

Notes

You could stick a picture of yourself in the tractor’s window, to make it look like you are driving it. You could also turn it into a fridge magnet by sticking a
magnet or magnetic strips onto the back after all the glue you've used to make it has dried.