Make it: Cardboard Train / by Kate Brightbill


During Maggie's nap time the other day, Sophie and I made a train. 

Trains are a reeeeally big deal in our house. Everything that can be pulled is a train, and the girls can play for hours with them. We had a stack of boxes to be recycled, including the prettiest ones from Honest, and some days I don't make Sophie take an afternoon nap so that we can use that time to play board games, or do more involved crafting. This falls under the "involved crafting" category... took about 45 minutes, but if I did it by myself, it would probably take only about 20. ;) Here's how:

Clockwise from top left:
  1. Cut four circles for each train car. Ours had about a 6 inch diameter. Poke holes in their centers.
  2. Find boxes that are the size you'd like your train cars to be. Take the dull side of four pencils or colored pencils and poke a hole on each of the four spots you'd like your wheels to go. Insert a wheel on each pencil.
  3. Inside the box, tape the pencils for each side to one another, so when the wheels turn, they turn together from one side to the other.
  4. Tie a string from the wheels on the sides to the other. Be sure it's tight. It makes the side wheels turn together as well. Then poke holes in the front and back of the car to tie a knotted string for connecting and pulling!


There you have it. A little train. Ours obviously was filled with baby dolls in about two minutes flat, and pulled around all day!  

Happy Monday to you.  



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