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How to Make a Pull Along Toy

Updated February 21, 2017

If you do not want to spend money for toys at a store you can make toys yourself. Pull-along toys are a type that you can make from child safe materials that you may have around the home. First decide on the type of design for the toy, such as a rocket train.

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  1. Place the lid of an empty oatmeal container on a piece of construction paper. Trace around the lid with a pencil to make a circle. Cut out the circle from the construction paper with scissors.

  2. Apply white glue to the bottom of the container. Place the cut piece of construction paper over the glue and put the lid back on the container.

  3. Choose a colour for the train from the available construction paper. Place the oatmeal container over the construction paper and make a mark for the length with the pencil. Cut the construction paper on the mark with the scissors. Wrap the construction paper around the oatmeal container and secure it with the clear tape.

  4. Cut two soda straws so that they are at least 1 inch wider than the oatmeal canister. Secure one straw near the top and one straw near the bottom of the canister with the masking tape. Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the straws to use as the axles.

  5. Cut four identical circles from a piece of cardboard to use as the wheels. Puncture the centre of each circle with a nail. Place a circle over each end of the pipe cleaners. Secure the wheels by bending the end of the pipe cleaners.

  6. Remove the lid of the container and puncture the centre with a nail to create a hole. Insert a string into the hole and secure it to the backside of the lid with the masking tape. Place the lid back on the container.

  7. Cut a strip of construction paper and fold it into the shape of a cone. Insert the string through the cone and tape the cone to the top of the canister for the tip of the rocket.

  8. Tip

    Write a name on the side of the rocket train with a permanent marker.

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Things You'll Need

  • Oatmeal canister
  • Construction paper
  • White glue
  • Clear tape
  • Soda straws
  • Masking tape
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Cardboard
  • Nail

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.

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