A toy garage creates a world for kids. It serves to store favourite toys and trucks and sets the scene for imaginative play. Kids park the cars in the garage, work on the cars in the garage and drive in and out of the garage. Miniatures and toys enhance childhood by providing the props and settings for games and adventures. Create a homemade toy garage customised for the types of toy vehicles the kids play with and add to their play with an accessory they'll get hours of use out of. Except for the cutting, this craft suits all ages.
Things you need
- Shoebox with a removable lid--boot boxes work well for larger toy garages
- Felt tip marker
- Utility knife
- Paint, such as poster paint or acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
Place a shoebox on the table. If the shoebox is rectangular, place the long side of the box facing toward you. Remove the lid. The bottom of the box serves as the garage floor, and the ceiling of the garage comes off to make the cars accessible for playing.
Use a ruler and felt tip pen to mark the garage door or doors. For example, to make a large toy garage with three doors, draw the doors an even distance apart. Draw three 10-cm (4-inch) wide doors 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart across the long side of the box with the lines going from the top edge of the box down to the bottom of the box. Adjust the sizes for the size of the box and the size of the cars or trucks the kids play with.
Hold the shoebox garage firmly with one hand and cut down along the line to the base of the shoebox. The door has to extend all the way to the bottom so the vehicles can drive in and out. The shoebox lid covers the top of the door when its in place. Repeat for each side of each garage door.
Paint the toy garage the desired colour base colour. Paint the shoebox lid roof to match the garage or make it a contrasting colour. Allow the paint to dry for at least a half hour. It may take longer depending on the type of paint and the moisture level of the air.
Add details to the toy garage. For a residential garage, add lines across the garage to represent siding, or texture the paint with the tip of the paint brush bristles to make it look like stucco. Paint bushes along the sides if the toy garage to look like home landscaping.
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