Cardboard Box Activity: Make a DIY Play Car

cardboard box racecar


We’ve been doing all these home improvement projects to rectify all the violations our foreclosure home has.  One of the projects we have to do is install an area well.  I didn’t know what that was until we had to look it up to fix it.  It’s kind of like a window well, but I guess more rare.  So we had to order it online.

Lowes (who by the way is not sponsoring this post, as much as it might appear to be) sent our area well over in this fun Cupcakes-sized box!  How could we NOT do something with it??

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– Big Cardboard Box
(with or without the car already drawn on)
– Thick Black Sharpie
(to draw a car if it’s not already on there)
– Markers
– a Small Frisbee or Plastic Disk
– Straws
– a Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
– an Exacto Knife
– Scissors
– a Lego Lever (optional)


1. Have your child color the car with the markers.
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2. Assemble the Wheel
– Hot Glue 3 straws together.
– Hot Glue the straw cluster to the back of the disk.
– Cut the straws down to size.
Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 2.05.27 PM(We used this McDonald’s toy)

3. Install the Wheel
– Use the Exacto Knife to cut a hole in the front box flap.
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4. [Optional:] Hot Glue a Lever (Gear Shifter)

car leverIt’s tiny, but it’ll do.  We had a TON of them from out trip to the Lego store.

What have YOU made out of a cardboard box
(with or without your kids)

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  1. This is adorable! The last thing we made was a playhouse out of the cardboard boxes our new car seats came in – it was pretty epic :) But of course it was made out of cardboard, so it didn’t last long!
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    • I *really* want to make a play house out of boxes one day!! Its true that they don’t last long, but that’s kind of the beauty of them… those big plastic toys you can buy are enjoyed for a while but then you end up getting rid of it. This way, they have a lot of fun and then you just recycle! 😀

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