We created these box cars for my son's 4th birthday party. My husband put the main frame of the car together a few days ahead of time and then the kids got to decorate their own car at the party. We then went outside to race our cars, it was a lot of fun for the kids.
Time: 15-20 minutes to build (plus paint drying over night), 5 minutes to decorate
Age: Under 5's
Cardboard box (we bought brand new blank ones at a box shop for about $1.20 each)
Paint and a wide brush
Small black paper plates
Very small screwdriver
Small round stickers
Flagging tape or ribbon
Stickers, felt pens, crayons, coloured tape, anything for decorating
Lay your box on the floor and paint the entire outside of the box in your favourite colour. Leave to dry.
To make tires, grab a small black paper plate and put a sticker in the middle.
Use a very small screwdriver to punch a hole in the centre of the sticker.
Line up the tire and then punch a hole through the box with the screwdriver.
Insert a push pin through the hole and fasten it on the inside of the car. Create 4 tires.
Turn your car upside down and fold all 4 of the bottom leaves up into the box.
Then fold down the 2 long top leaves of the box.
Tape the leaves in place.
Fold one of the short top leaves in half for the windshield, so that the end sticks up. This is the front of the car.
Leave the other short top leaf as is. It becomes the spoiler for the back of the car.
Make a hole on each side of the windshied and a hole on each side of the spoiler and attach some ribbon or flagging tape. These will be the shoulder straps.
Decorate your creation and have fun racing!!
For party favours, we made Mars Bar Race Cars, which went perfectly with the theme of the day.