I got the chance the other day to do a craft just with EC, this very rarely happens, and I was so excited to do something just with him that would get his creative juices flowing. We made our own Wacky Race cars out of old loo rolls. I got all the stuff we needed ready the night before so that he could really concentrate on designing his car.
You will need:
- Loo Rolls
- Cardboard or very stiff card
- Split Pins
- First draw around the base of the loo roll on the stiff card/cardboard to make 4 wheels. Then cut them out. In the middle of the wheels poke a hole so that it is easier for the pin to go through. Remember you want the wheels to turn so make the hole big.
- Cut out an opening in the top of the loo roll, this will become the driver’s seat.
- Make 4 slits in the side of the car for the split pins to go through – these do not have to be big holes.
- Decorate your cars and wheels.
- When they are all dried, pin the wheels onto the car.
We used pipe cleaners for the drivers, but you could easily use Play Mobil men or people made out of foil.
We made a track outside from a long flat piece of wood and used it as our racetrack. All 3 of us had such a blast with our cars and trying to win. It was like we had our own mini Top Gear going on outside – my car was clearly being driven by James May, as it was sooooo slow, EC’s was Jeremy Clarkson and YC’s was Richard Hammond. It was hilarious to listen to my little ones play with it by themselves, I was in the kitchen putting supper on, they kept accusing each other of cheating and weighing the cars down to make them go faster!
They really got into the spirit of the game and between races; their drivers went for breaks while the cars had their wheels and oil changed. The only downside (if you could call it that) was that the wheels didn’t actually turn, the cars just slid down the track, but my little ones didn’t seem to mind. All in all it was a really enjoyable activity to do and as we still have our cars, hopefully we will get the track out again.