Materials to Gather

  • Corrugated Cardboard (boxes are often made from this thick cardboard with layers)
  • Drinking Straws (or wood dowels or skewers, for wheel axles)
  • Strong tape (packing tape, electrical tape, or masking tape)
  • Scissors (or serrated knife with help from a grown-up)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Ruler marked in centimeters (cm)
  • Push pin
  • String
  • Optional: Paint and markers
  • If you do not have tape, you can make your own with glue and strips of paper

Planning the Design

Collect ideas

What kinds of moving toys do you like? Cars? Trains? Planes?

What kinds of animals? Do you have a favorite?

What are your favorite colors?

toy ideas
parts of the toy

Design Requirements for Toy

  • The body can be narrow or wide
  • The wheels must have a radius of 3 centimeters or less.
  • The axle must be long enough to go through the body and the wheels, with room for tape on both sides.

Design on paper

  1. Use scrap paper.
  2. Sketch out different ideas together.
  3. What does the body of the toy look like?
  4. What size is the body?
  5. Where do the wheels go?
  6. What size are the wheels?
  7. How many wheels will your toy have? It should have at least 4 wheels, 2 on each side.
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