Show off your kids' first day of school pictures with a cute craft stick school bus photo display.

This project is a lot of fun for kids and it helps with their hand-eye coordination by encouraging them to work on creating straight lines. Plus, we used our favorite homemade sugar glue recipe from our partner, Imperial Sugar, to make this craft truly unique!

Making glue from sugar and other common kitchen ingredients is a great way to help kids see science in action. Children will enjoy mixing the ingredients and you can talk through the process of chemical changes that happen when the mixture is heated. Neat, huh?

School Bus Photo Display

Here's what you need to make this School Bus Photo Display:

  • 12 large wooden craft sticks
  • Craft paint: yellow, black, and grey
  • Red card stock
  • Small clothespin
  • Letter stickers
  • Homemade sugar glue (recipe below)

Homemade Sugar Glue Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Mix flour, sugar, water and oil in a pot and stir over low heat until well combined and smooth in texture to make the homemade sugar glue.

Meanwhile, paint nine of your craft sticks yellow, paint two black, and paint one grey. Allow to fully dry.

Line up seven yellow craft sticks horizontally. Coat the back of the black craft sticks in glue and press vertically on top of the yellow craft sticks -- one on each side to create the rails of the bus.

Glue a single yellow craft stick to the top of the bus horizontally for the top of the bus. Glue another yellow craft stick horizontally at the bottom for the bottom of the bus. Add a grey craft stick on top of that one for the bumper.

Cut two circles from the red card stock and glue those down to create tail lights for the bus. Use your alphabet stickers to spell out your child's grade or school and the year.

Finally, glue the clothespin into place so it can hold a photo on the back of the bus.

Sugar is for more than baking!

We adore the simple crafting ideas available at Imperial Sugar Kids in The Kitchen, where you can find fun recipe and craft ideas for kids using sugar!

And you can check out these fun activities we’ve made using sugar:

So what are you waiting for? Grab a bag of sugar and get to making memories!