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This DIY Toilet Paper Roll Race Car is the perfect activity for kids of all ages! Easy to make with materials you probably already have on hand, it’s a super fun way to keep the little ones entertained over the summer break.
With summer just around the corner, I’m always looking for new ways to keep the kids busy and happy. Arts and crafts are always one of our favorite go-to activities and we’ve made everything from seashell turtles to DIY Harry Potter wands.
We’ve also made our fair share of toilet paper roll crafts. They’re great for young children as well as older ones, which is why we love this easy toilet paper roll race car!
Here’s What We Love About This DIY Activity!
Budget Friendly – You probably have everything you need lying around the house already! Next time you reach the end of the roll of toilet paper, don’t toss it in the recycling bin. Set it aside to use for crafting instead.
Improves Fine Motor Skills – This fun project is a great way to help kids work on their fine motor skills, whether it’s through cutting, gluing, or arranging the pieces.
Fun – The fun doesn’t stop once the crafting is complete. In fact, it gets even better because now the kids will each have their own race car to entertain themselves. It makes a great indoor activity for a rainy day!
Tips And Tricks
- Older kids (maybe 6+, depending on the kid) can use hot glue to make their race cars. However, you’ll probably want to give younger kids a glue stick or liquid craft glue.
- If you don’t have a toilet paper roll hand, paper towel rolls cut in half work well with this activity too.
- You can switch up the wheels by using milk bottle caps instead of construction paper. Just have to remember to start saving them ahead of time.
- Don’t have construction paper? If you have a little acrylic paint, you can use that instead (it’ll just be a little messier).
- Kids can get creative and decorate these toilet paper roll cars any way they like! Use different color paper, add stickers to the sides…the sky’s the limit!
- Toilet paper roll
- Construction paper
- Hot glue gun (or craft glue)
- Glue sticks
- Black marker
- Print and cut out the template. Traces the pieces onto construction paper, using gray or black paper for the wheels, blue paper for the windshield and whatever colors you like for the body of the race car. Cut out the pieces.
- Glue the small circle pieces to the center of the wheels.
- Use red construction paper, or your color of choice, to wrap the cardboard tubes. Then, use a pencil to draw what almost looks like a pocket shape (see image)
- Use scissors to cut around the curved outside area of the shape. Do not cut the line at the front. Once cut, pull the piece straight up. This will be your windshield.
- Take the blue construction paper shape and glue it to the front of the windshield.
- Glue the wheels to the sides of the toilet paper roll. The large wheels are for the back and the smaller wheels go up front. Give the glue time to dry.
- Use a permanent marker to add two vertical strips to the top side of the car. These are your racing stripes.
- Glue the bumper to the back and you're ready to race!
- Now that they've made one, kids can make as many cars in as many colors as they want...then it's off to the races!
- I use hot glue when doing this craft with older children but if making it with younger children, l recommend liquid craft glue (or even a glue stick).
- We didn't add a steering wheel but if you'd like one, just cut out a circle and glue it to the inside of the windshield.
- If you want the wheels to spin, poke a small hole in the roll where the wheels will go, then punch holes in the center of the wheels. Then use a brad/metal fastener to attach the wheels to the roll.
- Forgot to save those toilet paper rolls? Take some paper towel tubes and cut them in half instead.