Make: A Paper School Bus Photo Book Kids Craft

Can you believe autumn is right around the corner and it’s already back-to-school time?! School started here last week, and we celebrated by making this fun fold-up paper school bus craft that kids can fill with drawings of classmates or school photos of friends!

A free printable fold-up school bus photobook kids can draw, color, or paste wallet-sized school pictures in! A perfect back-to-school kids craft!

With just a little cutting, pasting, and coloring you can make your very own school bus, then fold it up into a cute little book for safe-keeping! This is a perfect after-school activity for kiddos but also works great as a classroom activity (this one’s for you teachers).

The free printable contains full-color and black & white versions of the bus, along with some face templates for adding friends. As a bonus, you can also print extra faces to make into colorable stickers, mini notecards, or even a memory game!

To make your own paper school bus photo book you’ll need:

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • A few sheets of 8.5 x 11 heavy cardstock
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick

FOR THE PHOTOS SUPPLIES:

The custom-made school bus was designed for flexibility, so you can make it as long or as short as you need it to be depending on the size of your classroom or how many friends your kiddo would like to include.

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Beyond adding friends, you can also use this bus for creative storytelling. Fill in the windows with the wildest riders you can imagine! Maybe this back-to-school bus is filled with animals from the zoo, or a band of merry monsters headed to Haunted Hill High.

A free printable fold-up school bus photobook kids can draw, color, or paste wallet-sized school pictures in! A perfect back-to-school kids craft!

Looking for new ways to celebrate autumn and back-to-school? Our free printable leaf activity kit is the perfect learning and play tool for the season. These gorgeous fall leaf collages use an easy and unique art process you’re going to love! Or grab a set of free printable art badges for art Olympics (great for classrooms or chilly fall weekends!)

A free printable fold-up school bus photobook kids can draw, color, or paste wallet-sized school pictures in! A perfect back-to-school kids craft!

For more buildable transportation-themed fun, visit our cardboard design-your-own food truck art project, or print a set of our custom-designed paper-cut car and truck templates!

A free printable fold-up school bus photobook kids can draw, color, or paste wallet-sized school pictures in! A perfect back-to-school kids craft!

Be sure to let us know how you’ve filled your school buses by tagging us with #barleyandbirch in your shares or leaving your idea in the comments below!

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Amanda E.
With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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