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How to build a car out of a shoe box

Updated February 21, 2017

Buying new toys can quickly strain a budget. Luckily, some of the toys that children enjoy most are ones they make themselves. You can assist your child in making a car out of a shoebox. This type of activity not only results in a toy that is fun to play with, but it also allows your child to express his creativity during the process of making the car.

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  1. Remove the lid of the shoebox and discard it. Turn the box upside down so that the opening is facing your work surface.

  2. Cover the box with construction paper. Use whatever colour your child wants the car to be primarily. Secure the paper to the box with glue or tape.

  3. Colour four milk jug caps with black permanent markers and glue the caps to the sides of the box as wheels.

  4. Cut a small, clear plastic cup in half from top to bottom. The cup should be about 113 to 170gr in size.

  5. Turn the cup halves upside down and glue them on the top of the box toward one end as the windshield. Center the cups and place them side by side with the curved edges facing the front of the car.

  6. Trace two circles on yellow construction paper using a nickel. Cut out the circles and glue them to the front end of the box as headlights.

  7. Cut a strip of aluminium foil that is about 1 inch wide and as long as the width of the front of the shoebox. Glue this strip to the front as the grille of the car.

  8. Cut small circles (about the size of nickels) out of the aluminium foil and glue them to the milk jug caps as the centre of each tire.

  9. Decorate the rest of the car's body with markers, paint or stickers.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shoebox
  • 4 milk jug caps
  • Markers
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Stickers
  • Aluminium foil
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Plastic cup
  • Nickel
  • Pencil

About the Author

Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.

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