How to Make a Big Cardboard Car

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How to Make a Big Cardboard Car
Young children will enjoy making a race car from a big cardboard box. (male race car driver image by Maria Bell from

A big cardboard car can provide an afternoon of adventure for a young child. Let the child take the lead in decorating the car, which will require the aid of an adult in its construction. Racing the car around the yard or basement will be the culmination of the building project. Supervise the construction of several of these cardboard cars for a group of youngsters on a quiet summer afternoon and let the races begin.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Large cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Poster paint
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Stickers
  • Decals
  • Large white paper plates
  • Small white paper plates
  • Glue
  • Aluminium foil
  • Heavy twine

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  1. 1

    Reinforce all corner edges and flaps of the cardboard box with the masking tape.

  2. 2

    Cut a section from the top and bottom of the box big enough for the child to fit into.

  3. 3

    Paint the car the colour of choice and add stickers and decals for decoration.

  4. 4

    Paint spokes on the paper plates for wheels and glue the plates to the bottom edge of the box.

  5. 5

    Cut out a large circle from the paper plate to make a steering wheel. Glue it to the inside top front of the box.

  6. 6

    Cut 6-inch wide sheets of aluminium foil and glue them to the front and back of the box near the bottom edges for bumpers.

  7. 7

    Glue two small paper plates on the front of the box for headlights. Paint two more plates red for taillights, and glue them to the back of the box.

  8. 8

    Poke two holes in each side of the box at the top edges with the scissors. Insert a length of heavy twine and knot securely on each side, creating “suspenders” for the box to attach to the shoulders of the child.

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