You will need:
• Coloured craft paper
• Ribbon or string
• Scissors, hole punch, paint brushes
Cut the egg carton into sections of 2 cups, plus one section of 1 cup for the engine & trim edges to tidy up. Then paint them and allow to dry.
Make the wheels. At first I traced around small plastic lids to make the circles and then cut them out one by one for the kids, but then decided it would be MUCH quicker and easier to create a printable wheel template (you need a lot of wheels for three trains!). You can print it out here.
Punch holes with a hole punch in the back of the engine & the front & back of each carriage, or poke a hole with a metal skewer. Then tie them together with a piece of ribbon or string.
Glue on the wheels by applying a dab of craft glue on the egg carton & pressing the wheel on.
Make the funnel. Roll a small (approx 4-5cm high) strip of paper up into a cylinder. Glue the lip down, then wind a thin strip of a different coloured paper around all the way up to make a candy stripe. snip tiny slits all the way around the bottom of the cylinder & fold under to make tabs. Glue it on the front of the toilet roll engine with the tabs. Make the mini cone for the top of the funnel by cutting a circle shape with a slit to the middle & pulling it into a cone and gluing in place. Voila – you’re done!
Now, once it’s all completely, absolutely dry (so there will be no tears when the wheels fall off), it’s time to play!