How to Make a Toy Car Out of Household Items

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How to Make a Toy Car Out of Household Items
You can make a toy car by recycling a box from a bar of soap. (soap image by romman from

Making a toy car out of ordinary household items is a great way to teach your child how to recycle things you would normally throw away. This will instil a sense of pride in knowing she is helping to protect our environment for future generations. Making this toy car is an easy craft project and your child will be delighted that he is able to make it on his own. This is a wonderful way for a family to spend an evening together and then they can to conduct races with their individual cars.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Box from a bar of soap
  • Coloured plastic tape
  • Small stickers with numbers on them
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Two wooden skewers (5 inches in length)
  • White glue
  • Four wooden beads (1 inch in diameter) with 1/8 inch holes
  • Cylindrical balloon
  • Bendable drinking straw

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  1. 1

    Decorate an empty soap box by using the coloured tape to make racing stripes and the applying the number stickers, according to the Disney Family Fun website.

  2. 2

    Use a sharpened pencil to make axle holes in each end of the box where the axles would go on a car. Make sure the holes are even on each side of the box, so that when you push the wooden skewer through the car and attach the wheels, it will sit evenly.

  3. 3

    Place the wooden skewers through the holes to form the car axles.

  4. 4

    Glue the wooden balls onto each end of the wooden skewers and allow them to dry. This will make the wheels on your drag race car.

  5. 5

    Blow up the balloon a couple of times in order to make it more pliable and to stretch it out. Place the straw into the balloon by inserting the bendable end into the balloon a couple of inches.

  6. 6

    Use the coloured plastic tape to secure the balloon to the straw so that it will not come off when you blow on it. Attach the balloon with a straw onto the top of your drag race car by taping it securely.

  7. 7

    Place the straw into your mouth and blow until the balloon inflates. Carefully remove the balloon from your mouth by pinching the ends so that the air will not escape. Place the car onto a hard surface, release the balloon and watch the car speed away.

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