DIY Race Cars

DIY Race Cars

Description

Does your little one enjoy race cars? Then this activity is for your family! Using materials found around your home, you can create an afternoon full of racing STEM fun! Be sure to create a car for yourself so you can race with your little one. Use some blocks or more cardboard to create ramps for your race cars and extend your activity even longer.

Materials List

  • Empty toilet paper tube
  • Craft knife
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • 4 plastic bottle caps
  • Thumbtack
  • 2 Toothpicks
  • 1 drinking straw
  • Optional: Decoration materials, paint, markers etc. 
  • Optional: character and glue gun

Steps

  1. Using a craft knife cut three sides of a 2 inch rectangle out of the top of the cardboard tube to create a windshield. Cut half of that rectangle off and fold the remaining cardboard up. Add a figure to this hole when racing to explore cause and effect. (1:01)
  2. Next holepunch four holes, one on each side of the tube towards the bottom to hold the axles. Try your best to make them even. (2:28
  3. Make your wheels. Using a thumbtack, make a small hole in the middle of each of four bottle caps. (3:10)
  4. Create your wheel axle for the race car. Use your scissors to cut two, 2 inch pieces of the drinking straw so that they easily fit through the holepuched holes. Thread a toothpick through the cut drinking straw and place a bottle cap onto each end. You created the axle! Repeat to make the second axle. (3:36
  5.  *Tip: Use the glue gun to add a small dot of glue to the ends of your toothpicks, in the inside of your wheels to secure and stop them from popping off. (4:20
  6. Your race car is ready for decorating but we are sure your little one will want to start racing instead! Add a character to your race car to see if it makes them faster or slower. Use blocks or extra cardboard to create ramps for your race cars and extend your activity even longer.

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