Cardboard Box Racetrack
Hot days and l o n g hours spent playing outside.
Running, chasing, jumping, splashing – until tired, warm little bodies find their way back inside for a rest in the cool.
Summer also means paint dries fast.
So while taking refuge from the heat of the sun, little hands can be kept busy in the playroom or in the shade on the deck making a project like this:
Cardboard Box Road
1 large cardboard box
1) Undo the bottom of the box, cut carefully down one side, and lay the box out flat.
2) Using a pencil, rule straight lines to make the road.
3) Using the medium-sized paintbrush, paint the road black.
4) Sponge green paint onto the surrounding areas.
5) Using the small paintbrush, paint white lines onto the road.
6) Leave to dry (about 20 minutes).
This is such an easy project to make, and can be added to as much as you like. We sponged on some extra bright green paint to make grassy areas, and made some paper roll trees. (To make the trees, just paint some cardboard rolls brown, and when dry, cut short slits up one end, fold out, and glue onto the board. The tops of the trees were made by scrunching up paper and poking into the top of the roll, then decorated with a bit of green paint and cut-out green leaf shapes.)
A tiny town can be made using small cardboard boxes or cartons, and drawing doors and windows onto these. A long strip of cardboard could form a bridge.
“A cardboard box can open up an entire world of cars, houses, castles and tunnels.”
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