How to Build a Cardboard Race Car

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How to Build a Cardboard Race Car
A standard cardboard box can be transformed into a cardboard race car. (cardboard box image by MAXFX from

Building a cardboard race car for children to play with is one way of making your own toys and even games. A cardboard race car doesn’t actually have to move the way a toy car moves. Instead, you can make a cardboard race car that a child can wear around her waist and run around racing against her friends. You don’t have to be a skilled artist to make one of these cardboard race cars either; you just have to have a few materials and a kid with some imagination.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard box
  • Box cutter
  • Spray paint
  • Paint
  • 4 paper plates
  • Multipurpose glue

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  1. 1

    Cut the top and bottom flaps off of a cardboard box using a box cutter. The box should be big enough to fit around a toddler’s waist.

  2. 2

    Spray paint the outside of the box whatever colour you want the cardboard race car to be.

  3. 3

    Paint four paper plates black for the tires of your cardboard box.

  4. 4

    Attach each of the paper plates onto each of the bottom-side corners of the cardboard box using multipurpose glue.

  5. 5

    Paint a grill, front bumper, number plate, headlights and whatever other details you want to add to one end of the cardboard box. This will be the front of your cardboard race car.

  6. 6

    Paint a back bumper, number plate, backlights and whatever other details you want to add to the opposite end of the cardboard box. This will be the back of your cardboard race car.

  7. 7

    Paint a number on both sides of the box and whatever other details you want to add to the sides of the cardboard race car.

  8. 8

    Have your child get into the box and hold it up around her waist with the front of the race car pointing forward and the paper plates pointing downwards, and then have her run around pretending to race with her cardboard race car. If you make more than one of these race cars, you can play a racing game.

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