We have a DIY toy to share with you today. A car made from material that we usually throw away. It is one little boy’s creativity along with a lesson in positive parenting. Here is a showcase of how a little encouragement and opportunity goes a long way in building a child’s confidence. My son made a racer car a few hours ago. He calls it his ‘Super duper Racer Car’. I love it when my son makes things for me to share it with my readers. Our Build Your Own Glider post was very popular last year. It makes me so happy that I have one ready made post and it makes him so proud and confident that his mom shared it with the world! I love to give my children the opportunity to tap their inner creativity. One of the ways how we encourage that in my home is to make not just craft supplies available but also by saving things that we would ordinarily throw away. Things that we all consider trash like egg cartons, empty cereal boxes, unused straws, yoghurt tubs, tissue paper cartons, kitchen paper and TP rolls, etc. These things can be recycled to make fun toys, decorative objects or just to use them in a craft session, activity or a game. This makes crafty sessions not just cheap but also, my kids learn that they can use ordinary household things to have fun. They don’t really have to go out and spend money on supplies. They also learn that toys are not just made in factories! I have found that my children learn by example. That means that whenever I am crafting, my children watch me and learn too. Of course, it means that we have a messed up home very often but, we also join hands in cleaning it up. Childhood is all about experimenting and a fun way to let your child be himself is to let them at it! Tonight, while my husband and I were busy getting the girls down for their bedtime, son was busy making his little car. He came to me later with it asking me if I would like to take a picture of it. Oh yes! I asked him if he wanted to share it with my readers. Oh yes! He has been my little assistant with behind the scene stuff here on the blog. In the beginning, I involved him because he was getting in the way. Soon, I found he was really good at helping me out. He brought his own ideas and he is a fantastic team player! So now, in his words, this is how to make your own Super Duper Racer Car.
Super Duper Racer Car
What you need
Cardboard 4 Bottle Caps Artist Tape 1 Straw Scissors
1. Cut the straws of equal length.
2. Put a hole in through the bottle caps and attach two together by inserting the straw.
3. Cut a long piece of cardboard for the base of the car. Attack it to the straws with the tape.
4. Cut three small rectangles and fold them in half and tape/glue them to the base. These are the seats.
That is all.
It is a little model and it is going to sit in his room for a few days. Soon, he will make something new. Soon can be like tomorrow morning or if it wasn’t bedtime right now… it could be in the next 20 minutes. For now, we are happy with our little racer.
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