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Do the kids love The Magic School Bus TV series?? Oh, my son does!! So much so, we made a costume last year for “Favorite book Character Day” at his school.
With Halloween coming up (and this Amazing, Hands-on, Year long, Science Journey Deal!) I thought it would be a great time to share how we made my sons Magic School Bus costume.
For All the kids that love The Magic School Bus….and parents, too!
What you need…
- Several pieces of white card stock
- 2 Bounty card board boxes
- 1 Milk cardboard box
- 4 pizza box rounds
- 2 blue pieces of construction paper
- 1 red piece of construction paper
- 2 yellow rectangular craft foam pieces with sticky back
- Lots of yellow acrylic paint from Micheals- we used 2 16 oz bottles
- A black marker
- Black paint
ALMOST ALL OF THE SUPPLIES can be found at home and at your local BI LO, Winn Dixie, or Harveys Grocery. Just ask them for Bounty paper towel roll boxes and a milk box that would hold 4 gallons of milk.
To get started, I trimmed 1 Bounty box about 3/4 from the top. Then, WE painted all 3 boxes yellow and let them dry over night. Save the trimmed portion!!
You don’t need to paint 1 side of the milk box (the side with the handle) because this side will be glued to the front of a Bounty box.
We painted a tire on 4 pizza rounds.
I turned the two Bounty boxes on their sides and glued them together (tucked one inside the other a tad bit.) Let them dry. And cut a rectangular hole in the top and bottom where PJ would stand inside.
I glued the smaller box to one end of the Magic School Bus body and PJ held it in place to dry.
We hand drew and cut out all the features like the mouth which was two white pieces of card stock and this one pattern drawn on both pieces.
Eyes: larger circles on white card stock with the smaller circles on blue card stock
Once the main design for the Magic School bus was together we glued on the cardboard pizza round wheels. Two wheels went on both sides of the larger boxes and two on both sides of the smaller front box of the bus.
I used the remaining yellow painted larger box ( the saved portion that was trimmed from the top of one Bounty box) to cut and glue fenders half way around the front wheels.
PJ had a lot of fun gluing the rest of the features on the bus: a blue school bus sign, a white poster board side door and front wind shield with yellow strip down the center, the mouth, and eyes.
I used two white pieces of cardstock taped together and a ruler with black maker to make the grill. It was not a fancy design! PJ helped me glue it to the front smaller box.
We added windows and shaded them with black marker to the other side. Again, just white card stock glued to the bus.
PJ cut out and glued the stop sign to the same side. He also painted the black bumper on the rear and attached sticky back yellow foam above the top front red lights.
Batman riding the Magic School Bus!!
You and your kids can get creative with the features. You also may want to hot glue two straps to the inside of the costume so they don’t need to carry it around. Maybe criss cross the straps over you childs shoulders. In hind sight, I was wishing I had thought to do that!
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Thank you for reading!