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Our Homemade Kleenex Box Car

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Recently Pip (my 16 yr old) got an assignment for her science class to make a box car that could be powered by a balloon.  While we were brainstorming, I came up with a great idea that she didn’t think would work.  {Moms never know, right?}  Bear thought it sounded like a super-fun idea, so the next day, we made our own box car using the items below:

To create the axle, we got the placement for the CD wheels marked on the sides and cut an x in the side of the box using a knife. {Obviously I did this step.} Then Bear stuck a thin marker in each hole.  It was secured on the inside and outside with a rubber band.

Then it was time to put the wheels on.  After they were on, we secured the outside with more rubber bands.

Here is the final product:

Andie Jaye

Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom of 3 kiddos. Her blog, Do.Play.Learn., (formerly named Crayon Freckles), focuses on creative learning and play ideas, as well as parenting topics. Andie strives to be honest in her approach and experiences in parenting to let other moms know that they are not alone in their struggle. In her free time, she writes children’s books in hopes of publishing someday.

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  1. Interesting. Does it roll? Great idea, Andie!

  2. That is really cool looking! I'm going to have to show it to my youngest – I can see this being something he'd love to build, too. Thanks for sharing and well done to Bear!

  3. This is really cool! What a great way to recycle!

  4. This looks like a lot of fun… and I am keeping it in mind for a rainy day with my active preschooler. This would be right up his alley. I've pinned it.

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