Traffic Light Craft

This traffic light craft is one to add to the list for any transport lover who is ready to practice their snipping, colour matching and gluing skills! 

Suitable for: 2 years +
Set up: 10 minutes


  • Red, green and orange/yellow paper for snipping
  • White paper or card
  • Red, green and yellow pen or pencil
  • Child safe scissors
  • Glue stick

The set up

On the white card draw three circles, one of each of the following colours; red, yellow and green. Cut the coloured paper into strips, so that it only takes one snip to cut through the paper. If your child isn’t ready for scissors yet cut the paper into small pieces yourself, equally if your child is pretty good with scissors just give then the sheet of paper to cut pieces out of. 

Lay out the scissors and glue stick along side the white card with circles on and the coloured paper and then you are good to go! 

Making the Most out of the activity 

Before giving your child the scissors it’s important to talk about safety, we don’t want any snipped fingers! Take a look at the card together talk about the colours we see on traffic lights. Then take a look at the coloured paper you have in front of you, invite them to make a traffic light and see how they get on! Support your child using the scissors when they need it, Ayla very much goes for the two handed scissor approach (pictured above). So I held the paper for her to cut, I did encourage her to hold the scissors correctly which she did do for a few snips but then she went back to her technique. Which is fine, we will continue to explore scissors to practice holding them with one hand.

Ayla worked the glue stick herself and I took a step back while she glued the colours where she wanted them to be.

Learning opportunities

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

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