Today we took a little break from our winter theme to celebrate everything tractors!  We had planned to go to Tractopalooza at the Heritage Farm Museum, but both of my girls had fevers yesterday.  So, I decided that we would have "Tractor Day" at home instead.

I already had a few ideas up my sleeve, but wanted to surprise the girls with their own little tractors.  So,my husband went on a tractor hunt for me.  Do you know that ToysRUs does not carry tractors (by themselves at least)?  So, my husband went to the Tractor Supply Company and scored a crazy good deal on two tractor sets for the girls.  The tractors were bigger than what I had in mind, but with the deal we got, it was worth it!

We opened the packages and set up the tractors at the girls' spots at the table.  We covered them with a dish towel to get them more excited.  I couldn't wait until the morning for the fun to begin!

The first thing my preschooler said to me this morning was, "Today is surprise day!"  They knew Daddy was out yesterday getting them a surprise.  Both girls were so happy to see their new tractors and played with them while I made breakfast.  After breakfast, they played farm for over an hour!  I love how they incorporated toys they already had into their play.  My preschooler made a hay ride for some little friends since the wagon/trailer looked like the one we rode when we went to the pumpkin patch this past fall.  Sweet!
We checked out pictures of Tractorpalooza here and also sang this tractor song: 
Tractor Song 
Sung to: "Wheels on the Bus"
www.preschooleducation.com
Original Author Unknown; Submitted by: Terry Tabler
 




The wheels on the tractor go

round and round

round and round

round and round.

The wheels on the tractor go

round and round

All around the farm.


The tractor in the field goes

back and forth

back and forth

back and forth.

The tractor in the field goes

back and forth

All around the farm
.

The tractor in the field

works all day

works all day

works all day.

The tractor in the field

works all day

All around the farm.
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Next, we did tractor tire prints.  I had to pry the girls away from their farm play, but once I got the paint out, they were eager to get started.  I knew this was going to be messy (and fun) and had the idea of setting the girls up in the kitchen instead of the dining room table.  They were so excited about doing art in the kitchen!  Take this craft further by talking about what happens when you mix colors.  As the tractor drives over the wet paint, it mixes it and makes new colors.

The girls did a great job, but we still had to change their clothes afterwards.  Sign of a good time if you ask me!


Tractor Tire Prints

Supplies:  Toy tractors, different colors of paint, paper plates, big sheets of white paper *Don't forget the smock!

What to do:
  1. Set up the work space.  I just placed the paper right on top of some totes and planned on wiping them down when we were done. (Clean-up was very easy!)
  2. Put dollops of paint on a paper plate for your child to drive his/her tractor through.  Make sure the wheels are spinning all the way around to get them covered.
  3. Have your child "drive" the tractor all over the paper.
  4. Set the painting aside to dry.

My girls had a lot of fun with this project and did several paintings each.  They even "drove" on each other's paintings to add different colors.  This is not one of those "make just one" type of projects!  Check out how neat some of the pictures turned out!  My preschooler's are on the left and my toddler's are on the right.
While I made lunch, I gave the girls some tractor coloring pages I printed out online.  I just did an online search for tractor coloring pages and found a few I liked.  
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My preschooler colored her tractor for Daddy.
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After quiet time, we did our last craft.  There are versions of this one all over the internet, but I kind of took the best of the ones I saw to create our project.

"T" is for Tractor

Supplies needed:  "T" tractor pattern (get here), black construction paper for tires, seat, steering wheel, red/green/child's favorite color construction paper for tractor, cotton for smoke and/or clouds, crayons for adding details to the picture, scissors, glue stick

Depending on your child's age/skill level, an adult may have to do some prep work.

What to do:
  1. Print and cut out "T" tractor pattern.
  2. Trace the shapes on the corresponding color of construction paper.
  3. Cut out all of the shapes.
  4. Turn the "T" on its side and glue to a piece of construction paper.
  5. Glue the bigger tire to the bottom end of the "T" and the smaller one to the top end.  (See picture below.)
  6. Cut out an "L" shape for the tractor seat or let your child draw one on.
  7. Cut out a small "T" shape for the steering wheel or let your child draw one.
  8. The rectangle piece, if used, is glued at an angle at the top of the "T".

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My preschooler, all grown up, driving her tractor. :)
We finished the night with special treat--cinnamon buns.  After dessert, we had a tractor parade.  We knew they were going to do this at the museum, so we wanted to do one at home, too.  Everyone got a tractor or picture of a tractor and we marched around to The Fresh Beat Band.  Then, it was a free for all tractor dance party!

While I was sorry to miss Tractorpalooza, I had a great time planning Tractor Day for my girls.  It may have even been more fun than going to the museum.  :)

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