Recently, the second grade teachers asked me to come up with an art project related to the Oregon Trail. This is what I came up with. The wagons are made of milk cartons, which are cut in half. We painted the carton with brown tempera paint. The cover to the wagon was just a piece of paper, which we slid into the carton. I let my students decorate the wagon covers with crayon. I know, the real pioneers did not have colorful wagons, but I decided that the wagons would be more fun this way. The wheels were just made out of poster board and glued to the wagon.
I usually try to stay away from "crafty" art projects, but I couldn't help myself on this one. They are really cute.