Cardboard Box Car Wash


We will be out and about most days this week and so I decided that Wednesday would be a quiet day at home. Usually that makes me nervous because I have to come up with lots of activities to keep Elliott interested and to wear him out. The cardboard boxes we had that didn’t yet fit in the rubbish bin were a hit, Elliott enjoyed building tunnels and driving his trains and cars on them and under them. I wanted to get a little creative and found a great project to create a Cardboard Box Car Wash.

Materials I used:

  • Cardboard box
  • Two wrapping paper tubes
  • Packing tape (this was better as I needed to make the box stronger as it was a bit wobbly)
  • Coloured paper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Sticky Tape ( to tape the paper brushes to the tubes)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Glue

Elliott tried his best to help, but it consisted mainly of crawling through the car wash which didn’t help with the integrity of the box. (P.S. I don’t always let him climb on the table, he was promptly removed after this photo!)

I needed to reinforce the internal walls with some cardboard and tape as the sides of the box were quite flimsy. All the rest was quite straight forward, a bit of cutting here, a bit of taping there, I glued some blue paper to the floor to cover the tape I’d used to make the box and, VOILA!

One occupied and happy little toddler.

What creative things have you made with cardboard boxes?

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. January 16, 2014 / 3:17 am

    WOW – you are one creative lady !!! That looks amazing and I’m sure E will have heaps of happy hours playing at washing his cars and trucks. Well done !!!
    Have the best day !

  2. January 16, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    What an awesome idea! I’ll have to remember this one for teaching! 🙂 xx

  3. January 19, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    That is the coolest thing out! Don’t you just love that sense of satisfaction from whipping up something relatively simple that the kids go bananas for – yay you mumma!

  4. January 21, 2014 / 12:55 am

    VERY creative idea. As the mom of 4 boys (and 1 girl) I generally just hand them the big box and let them do whatever they want with it. We’ve had cars, rockets, sleds, and Hobbit Holes. Sometimes they color the box with markers, other times they just use their imaginations. I find the less involved I am the more imaginative they become. Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.