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Making Traffic Lights Preschool Craft

Need to slow down those toy cars and trucks? A making traffic lights preschool craft session is just what you need!

Making Traffic Lights Preschool Craft

Making Traffic Lights

We’ve talked about traffic light and transportation crafts before, but with so much traffic on our car rug, there’s always the need for more!

These traffic lights are so easy and cost nothing to make if you have some construction paper, a glue stick and an empty toilet paper roll.

Toilet Paper Roll Project

One of the best things about this project is that it uses toilet paper rolls. As a family of five, we have a lot of empty cardboard tubes hanging around and I’m always looking for new ways to use them.

So, when we needed a new traffic light, it seemed only natural to turn an empty tube into the next transportation craft! Making traffic lights preschool activity? Check!

Preschool Craft: Making Traffic Lights for a Car Rug -

How to Make Traffic Lights

For this toilet paper roll craft you’ll need to gather:

  • an empty roll
  • orange construction paper
  • yellow construction paper
  • green construction paper
  • red construction
  • a glue stick
  • scissors
  • a pencil
  • a ruler

I like to use scrap pieces of construction paper for small parts on projects, so we used some leftover pieces to make the circles for the traffic light.

I’m also a big fan of using the things available to create crafts, so the toilet paper roll was leftover and the circles were traced using the cap of the glue stick. They turned out to be the perfect size!

Easy Toilet Paper Roll Craft: Making Traffic Lights Preschool Craft

Cover the empty roll with construction paper and glue the circles on to complete the super-easy craft.

How to Use Your Traffic Lights

You can use the traffic light on your car rug if you have one, or put it in the middle of the floor and race your cars toward it.

You could even have a “See Who Can Knock Over the Traffic Light” challenge if your transportation play tends to be a bit boisterous!

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Show Us Your Traffic Light

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Making Traffic Lights Preschool Craft

How to Make Traffic Lights - A Preschool Transportation Craft for Kids -

This easy toilet paper roll craft is perfect for any transportation unit study or to use on your car rug! Making traffic lights as a preschool craft has never been easier!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Less than $5


  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • Orange construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


  1. Measure the toilet paper roll's height along the edge of the orange paper. Draw a line from one end of the paper to the other and cut.
  2. Use the glue stick to glue the orange paper around the toilet paper roll.
  3. Cut out a red circle, a yellow circle, and a green circle. We traced the cap of the glue stick for ours.
  4. Glue the circles on the toilet paper roll.
  5. Place on your car rug for some instant traffic control!


* Use scraps for the circles instead of new sheets of paper! It's a great way to use up leftover material!

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