Cardboard Box Cars!

Cardboard Box Cars!

imageToday’s the kids and I participated in a really fun program at our local library.  It was drive-in movie day at which the kids made their own box cars and then enjoyed a snack and movie behind the steering wheel of their creations. Today I want to share this fun and easy craft with you.  It is perfect for a rainy day or even one of those hot, steamy, uncomfortable days like we have in Cincinnati when you can hardly bare to go outside!

To make your box car you will need:

  • a large box
  • 5 black paper plates (4 for wheels and 1 for the steering wheel)
  • brass fastener (not a necessity but works great if kids want to be able to turn their steering wheel)
  • 4 old CD’s or DVD
  • 2 circles cut out of white construction paper for the headlights
  • 2 rectangles cut out of red construction paper for the tail lights, approx. 6in x 3in
  • 1 slightly larger rectangle cut from construction paper for license plate, approx. 7in x 3in
  • optional: design and cut out your own grill for the front of the car
  • Markers and stickers to decorate your cars

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To begin we glued the CD’s, label side down, onto the black plates.  These would be our wheels and rims.  While the glue dried I attached the steering wheel to the top flap of the box with a brass fastener and the kids began to decorate the box with markers.  Kids can add stickers, racing stripes, racing number, or whatever else they can think of to make their race car unique and fun!

 

 

After the glue dried on the CD’s and plates the kids attached the plates to the box with more glue, 2 on each of the long side of the box.  Then, the kids glued on the headlights, grill, taillights, and license plate.  The license plates were provided by the library and had sayings related to reading on them but kids could easily design their own using a rectangular piece of construction paper.

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And that is pretty much it! Very easy and the kids loved making them.  Next, all you need is a movie and a bowl of popcorn!

Have fun,  drive safe, and don’t forget to visit your local library!

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