How to Make a Wheelbarrow for Kids

Updated April 17, 2017

Kids who enjoy crafting generally love the opportunity to create miniature versions of objects familiar from the adult world. Whether your kids enjoy making crafts to complement a teddy bear or doll collection, to furnish a toy train set, or just as a fun rainy-day activity, they will almost certainly be intrigued by the possibility of making their own working miniature wheelbarrow. With the right preparation, you can make a wheelbarrow for kids in an afternoon, using materials from around the house.

Separate the top and bottom halves of a small cardboard box, such as a candy box. Cut out one end from the bottom half of the box.

Divide the bottom half of the box in half with a pencil line. Cut out the bottom of the box along this line, and cut straight up from the bottom along the sides of the box. Do not cut all the way to the top of the box: leave 1/2 inch of cardboard uncut at the top edge of the box for the wheelbarrow handles.

Cut out the handles along the top of the box at a right angle to the previous cuts, so that the handles point toward the open end of the box. Cut the handles all the way to the end of the box and remove the waste cardboard.

Cut two 1/2-inch strips of cardboard from the waste cardboard (or the top half of the box) to make the rear legs of the wheelbarrow. Glue the legs to the back of the wheelbarrow’s bin, just in front of the handles.

Cut out two more 1/2-inch strips of cardboard,and glue them to the front of the wheelbarrow, angled down to a point even with the bottom of the rear legs.

Pinch a pill box between the front cardboard strips and pierce the strips and the box all the way through with a needle. Remove the needle and insert a toothpick as an axle for the pillbox wheel. Secure the ends of the toothpick axle with drops of glue.

Things You'll Need

  • Small candy box or similar cardboard box
  • Glue
  • Round pill box
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Toothpick
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About the Author

Fred Samsa has been writing articles related to the arts, entertainment and home improvement since 2003. His work has appeared in numerous museum publications, including program content for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and he was awarded a Presidential Fellowship in 2005. He holds a Master of Arts in art from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Brown University.