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Photo Bus Craft For Kids [Free Template]

Back to school time is here!

And what better way to get your kids ready for the new school year than with a fun and creative craft?

This photo bus craft is perfect for little ones to make and is great for getting them excited about going back to school.

Plus, it’s a great way to keep those back-to-school jitters at bay.

Simply print out the template, cut out the pieces, and glue them together. It’s that easy!

So get crafting and let the new school year fun begin! Also, be sure to check out all of our back to school crafts for kids.

Paper Bus Craft

bus craft for kids image collage with the words photo school bus craft

Supplies

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Photo of your child
  • Red marker
  • Bus template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the bus template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding bus craft template

Begin to make the front of the bus by gluing the grill to the middle of the front piece.

hand gluing grill to photo bus craft

Take the lights and glue them on either side of the grill.

hand gluing light to photo bus craft

Next, use a red marker to draw a rectangle below both lights.

hand drawing reflectors onto photo bus craft

Place the reflector piece just below the grill and glue in place, then take the black bottom of the bus and glue it right below the reflector.

hand gluing reflector to photo bus craft
hand gluing black rectangle to photo bus craft

Take the main bus piece and glue the school bus sign near the top and middle of it. Use a red marker to draw a small circle on either side of the words.

hand gluing school bus sign to photo bus craft

Cut out your child’s head from the photo and glue it to the left window.

hand gluing child's photo to photo bus craft

Next, take both windows and glue them in the middle of the bus, slightly below the school bus piece.

hand gluing window to photo bus craft

Position the front of the bus piece and glue it to the main bus piece, slightly overlapping the bottom of the windows.

hand gluing front of bus to photo bus craft

Glue the bus’ mirrors to the back of both sides of the bus, around the window level.

hand gluing mirror to photo bus craft

Finish up by gluing the tires to the back and bottom of each side of the bus.

hand gluing tire to photo bus craft

That’s it! Isn’t this photo craft so adorable?! We think your kids will love it!

hand holding photo bus craft with a 2nd one in the background

Back To School Ideas

There’s something special about a new school year. It’s a time to start fresh and have your kids set their sights on all the amazing things you’ll learn in the months to come.

But for some kids, the prospect of returning to the classroom can be a little daunting. That’s why it’s important to get them excited about back to school with some fun crafts, activities, and ideas. Read on below for our favorite ideas!

Kids’ Books About School

Did you know that reading out loud to your kids can actually be great for their development? It’s true!

When you read out loud, your kids learn to focus and pay attention as you read the story on each page.

They can also learn to develop their imaginations. By picturing the characters and events in the story, they learn to think creatively.

So next time you’re looking for a way to help your kids learn and grow, why not try reading out loud to them? It could be just what they need! Check out some of these back to school books:

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates – This silly book is about a dinosaur named Penelope who is starting school and just can’t resist eating her classmates! Kids will love the fun drawings and crazy antics of Penelope, while also learning that being mistreated is never fun.

Chairs On Strike – The chairs have had enough of all the crazy things the kids do to them so they go on strike! This story helps kids learn to take care of their property and has lots of fun and silly humor.

Daniel Goes To School – If you have a little one who’s starting preschool or kindergarten and is reluctant to be away from you, this book is perfect for them! Daniel Tiger learns “grown-ups come back” at the end of every school day. We love this cute book!

Back To School Crafts

Paper Plate Apple Craft – This apple craft for kids is the perfect activity for budding artists! Kids can paint, cut, and glue to create their own unique apples. Best of all, it’s a great way to have fun and get creative.

hand holding photo bus craft with a 2nd one in the background

Popsicle Stick Crayon Craft – This crayon craft is so cute and perfect for back to school! It’s simple for kids to make, and they’ll love seeing their crayons come to life.

Pencil Paper Bag Puppet Craft – Craft time is always a blast, but it’s even more fun when the project can be used for pretend play afterward! This pencil puppet is the perfect example. Not only is it easy and quick to make, but it can also be used in all sorts of pretend play scenarios.

Back To School Activities

These back-to-school I Spy printables are a great way for kids to practice memory and visual discrimination skills. There are six different pages, each with a unique picture. Kids can search for items like school supplies, backpacks, and rulers. They can also practice counting by finding each of the items. These printables are a fun and easy way for kids to get ready for the new school year!

hand holding photo bus craft with a 2nd one in the background

It’s no secret that scissors can be tricky for little ones to master. But with a little practice, even the most reluctant cutters can learn to use them with confidence. These school-themed cutting practice sheets are a great way to help kids gain the skills they need. Each sheet features a series of simple lines kids can practice cutting out.

Get your little ones excited about learning with these fun and printable back to school preschool worksheets. These worksheets are perfect for kids who are just starting to learn their letters and numbers. They can practice visual discrimination, letter recognition, and more.

Back To School Fun

This back to school sign is the perfect way to personalize your child’s return to school each year! Just add their name, grade, and other info with a chalk marker, and they’re ready to go! This sign is also a great way to show off your child’s personality and style.

2 photo bus crafts

While you’re shopping for notebooks and pencils, don’t forget to pick up one of these personalized water bottles for boys and girls. They make the perfect back-to-school gift – your child will love having their name on their very own water bottle. And with so many fun and trendy designs to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect match for your child’s personality.

Share With Us

Did you make this craft with your kids or students? We’d love to feature them on our social media!

For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

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hand holding photo bus craft with a 2nd one in the background

Photo Bus Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Back to school time is here! And what better way to get your kids ready for the new school year than with a fun and creative craft? This photo bus craft is perfect for little ones to make and is great for getting them excited about going back to school.

Materials

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Photo of your child
  • Red marker
  • Bus template

Instructions

  1. Download the bus template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin to make the front of the bus by gluing the grill to the middle of the front piece.
  3. Take the lights and glue them on either side of the grill.
  4. Next, use a red marker to draw a rectangle below both lights.
  5. Place the reflector piece just below the grill and glue in place, then take the black bottom of the bus and glue it right below the reflector.
  6. Take the main bus piece and glue the school bus sign near the top and middle of it. Use a red marker to draw a small circle on either side of the words.
  7. Cut out your child's head from the photo and glue it to the left window.
  8. Next, take both windows and glue them in the middle of the bus, slightly below the school bus piece.
  9. Position the front of the bus piece and glue it to the main bus piece, slightly overlapping the bottom of the windows.
  10. Glue the bus' mirrors to the back of both sides of the bus, around the window level.
  11. Finish up by gluing the tires to the back and bottom of each side of the bus.

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cindy

Thursday 18th of August 2022

I definitely want the template to do this project with my granddaughters. I am wondering how the foam sheets will work in cutting out the pieces. Does the glue work well with foam sheets?

Sam

Monday 22nd of August 2022

Hmm, we used paper so I don't know exactly how foam would work, but I think if you use the Elmer's 2x glue stick it would probably work!

Rosanna Reyes

Monday 8th of August 2022

Can you please send the template for the school bus 🚌

Sam

Thursday 11th of August 2022

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of the post and the link will be sent to you 🙂

Haley

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

Cute art project for my students

Sam

Friday 29th of July 2022

Yay!

Jeanne Seifert

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Please forward photo bus template. jeanneteach@comcast.net

Sam

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of the post and the link will be sent to you 🙂

Cindi Piques

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Cute easy project for my class

Sam

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Oh, great!

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