|Shawna, Asher and Rebecca with Cars with Cork Tires aka Cars Version One|
|Make your own Medicine Bottle car!|
- sliced a used wine cork for wheels,
- a medicine bottle for the body/chassis of the car
- toothpicks and yakult straws for the axels
Do they run well? yes, they do! See this video! :)
I also made a cork-tired car with a Yakult bottle. But as the width of the Yakult bottle was wider than that of the medicine bottle, I had to use satay stick and a regular sized straw for the axels instead of a toothpick and yakult straw. It actually ran smoother than the medicine bottle car coz the regular straw was much wider than aYakult straw, and gave more room for the satay stick axel to turn. The car that Rebecca's holding in the top right hand corner of the top picture, is a yakult bottle car.
I loved the way they look, with the cork tires and medicine bottle chassis, very Muji look, I thought. But perhaps they'd look nice with some colour as well. So it was time to decorate it! Initially, I tried letting the kids colour the cars' body with permanent markers (results as seen in the video). Here are the kids colouring the cars with permanent markers.
|Top row from L to R: Rebecca, Natalie, Isaac + Isabelle|
Bottom row from L to R: Pamela, Pamela and Asher
The only problem with these cork-tire cars, was that, kids being kids, were kinda rough when playing with the cars - and the wheels would drop off. Also... friends were commenting that it wasn't easy to find corks (seems like nobody is crazy like me and collected the corks from my wedding reception - er, like 7 years ago). So... I had a brainwave! Use bottle caps! Surely that'd be easy enough to collect!
|I would recommend using a normal straw and a satay stick as opposed to a yakult straw and toothpick.|
The above shows a close up of the axel. Don't forget the straw - it's very vital for the smooth-running of your vehicle. Your straw just needs to be a little longer than the width of the bottle that you're using as the chassis. And the stick just needs to be a little longer than the straw is - remember to leave an allowance on both ends. So, push in your wheels and you're done! I was very pleased with this version of the vehicles coz it kept the wheels/tires on very tightly. Shawna tried to pull them out and she couldn't!
Subsequently, I made a vehicle the same way with a 500ml bottle, at first with cork tires. But Isaac liked the bottle cap tires so much he requested to have the tires changed. Watch the two videos below of Shawna and Isaac playing with the bus - oh yes, we called it the bus because it was more than twice the length of the cars.
|Isaac and his bus!|
June 21 - Alicia - Eric Carle inspired piece of art
June 22 - Adeline - Decorating a photo frame with polymer clay
June 23 - Sandra - Dinosaur galore!
June 24 - Winnie - Recycled train craft
June 25 - Susan - Finger puppets: We're building a farm!
June 26 - Ann - Goopy goodness
June 27 - Justina - Celebrating Spring
June 28 - Adora - Creating a Family Tree
June 29 - Regina - sMOOp Dogg!
June 30 - Sarah - Crazy box cake
July 1 - Jennifer - Plant Poke
July 2 - Pamela - Make-Your-Own-Car today! - That's us!!!
July 3 - Ming Yuan - DIY Carousel Craft
July 4 - Dominique - Making a Subway
July 5 - Karen - Egg Craft