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DIY Car Toy – Genius Craft Made with Recyclables!

diy car toy paper tube car garage

This DIY car toy is a genius way to use recycled materials for a craft you can play with! It also makes for a fun storage solution! This “car cabin” is a simple homemade way for kids to make a “garage” to store all their vehicles and be creative and inventive at the same time! 

A Budget Friendly DIY Car Toy

Whether from a paper towel roll or a toilet paper roll, we always save up those cardboard paper tubes! And this was such a fun way to use them up without having to buy any supplies.

This activity is also a great way to get kids outside and looking for fun and unique items to add to their creations. For example, the roof can easily be made up of sticks so that it creates a natural cabin look. 

For more arts and crafts activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas! Our list of ideas is always growing, and we love sharing the creativity with all of you!  

Skills: Early Math

Ages: 2 Years +

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make a DIY Car Toy Garage

This arts and crafts project is super adaptable! We decided to design it like a cabin, using the inside of the paper tubes as slots for the individual cars, and utilizing sticks outside for a textured roof! However, you can mix up the design, colors, and details based on your kiddo’s preferences!

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How to Make a DIY Car Toy Garage

This arts and crafts project is super adaptable! We decided to design it like a cabin, using the inside of the paper tubes as slots for the individual cars, and utilizing sticks outside for a textured roof! However, you can mix up the design, colors, and details based on your kiddo’s preferences!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Assemble the paper tubes in a triangle shape. We started with 5 at the base, and decreased by one with each layer. To stick them together quickly, use hot glue, but if you prefer the kiddo’s to glue on their own, then use tacky glue.

Step 2

Glue 4 toilet paper tubes at the base for a raised look. This also allows cars to ride and park underneath!

Step 3

Add 4 paper tube rolls on the roof sides. These make for fun ramps!

Step 4

Optional, add sticks to the roof or other items as details!

Step 5

Finally, have the kids color the paper tubes and sticks. If you use paint sticks, it will dry very quickly! 

Step 1

Assemble the paper tubes in a triangle shape. We started with 5 at the base, and decreased by one with each layer. To stick them together quickly, use hot glue, but if you prefer the kiddo’s to glue on their own, then use tacky glue.

Step 2

Glue 4 toilet paper tubes at the base for a raised look. This also allows cars to ride and park underneath!

Step 3

Add 4 paper tube rolles on the roof sides. These make for fun ramps!

Step 4

Optional, add sticks to the roof or other items as details!

Step 5

Finally, have the kids color the paper tubes and sticks. If you use paint sticks, it will dry very quickly! 

Printable Worksheets for the Transportation Fan!

From trains to planes to buses and boats, we created a bundle full of early childhood activities that integrate all things transportation!

These worksheets feature all things that move on land, air and sea while giving your little one a strong foundation for early childhood education skills.

Topics covered include letter writing, phonics, number recognition, counting, scissor skills, patterning, color recognition, and so much more.

And for more hands on transportation crafts, definitely check out our Milk Jug Car Wash and DIY Race Track made out of paper tubes!

The Educational Benefits of Crafting This DIY Car Toy

What’s better than an arts and crafts project? An arts and craft project you can play with time and time again!

Engaging in arts and crafts allows kids to be creative and utilize their fine motor skills. For example, they’ll have to use their hands and eyes to line up and coordinate stacking and gluing. Plus, this is the perfect way to introduce kids to engineering skills!

And let’s not forget about imaginative play! Once this DIY car toy is ready to be played with, kid’s can create the most amazing pretend world while playing and storing their cars.

diy car toy paper tube car garage
diy car toy paper tube car garage

The Educational Benefits of Crafting This DIY Car Toy

What’s better than an arts and crafts project? An arts and craft project you can play with time and time again!

Engaging in arts and crafts allows kids to be creative and tap utilize their fine motor skills. For example, they’ll have to use their hands and eyes to line up and coordinate stacking and gluing. Plus, this is the perfect way to introduce kids to engineering skills!

And let’s not forget about imaginative play! Once this DIY car toy is ready to be played with, kid’s can create the most amazing pretend world while playing and storing their cars.

More Ways to Explore Automobiles

Here are my top picks for gifts for the car and transportation fan!

Wooden Service Station

This wooden service station parking garage includes a car wash, numbered parking garage, a gas pump, garage with doors, an elevator, 2 cars!

All-in-One Car Mat and Storage Bag 

This play mat turns into a toy storage bag. Just pull the drawstrings to store the car toys for another day!

Flexible Buildable Roads

These roads are like puzzle pieces! They are highly durable, flexible, and washable. You can be used in water and on dirt!

Dual Lane Race Track

This handmade wooden race track allows two cars to race at once! Cars are included! 

 

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