(Plus we are still super excited about the magic of cars after Caden’s Car Show earlier this month!)
So get your motors running and try out some of these car-themed activities with your kids this summer!
Take a trip
Head on over to The Henry Ford in Dearborn. There you can tour the Henry Ford Museum, watch an IMAX movie and tour the Ford Rouge Factory. The museum is open from 9:30 to 5 every day and features outstanding exhibits on the history of automobiles. The factory tour provides a great overview of the manufacturing process and during production hours (which vary based on vehicle demand) you can actually observe the assembly of Ford F-150 trucks. The tour is generally open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 to 5 (with the final tour starting at 3). Most days during the summer, you can see NASCAR 3D, a documentary about NASCAR racing, in the IMAX theater.
Be a car
Notice how many kids prefer the box to the gift inside? Why not turn that box into a fun car for kids to “drive.”
Take a medium-sized packing box, seal it up, then cut out a section on the top and bottom so your child can “wear” the car. Use paper plates for wheels, cups or cupcake liners for headlights and decorate in whatever way you want using paints, markers or crayons. Add some shoulder straps, and vroom…your child is off. If you have more than one child, make a couple and then let them play driver in the backyard or living room.
Check out this helpful how-to picture guide of how to make your cardboard box car.
Looking for a smaller craft project (well, smaller in size)?
Make a homemade racecar with things you probably have lying around the house. You’ll need an empty toilet paper roll, four caps from bottled water, milk or juice, a straw and toothpicks.
Decorate the toilet paper roll. Then, cut a small hole in the top for the cockpit (put in a little action figure if you’d like a driver). Use a hole punch to put holes in the sides for the axels, which you make by cutting 2” sections of a straw. Insert the straw sections through the holes. Use a thumbtack to punch holes in the top of the bottle caps and then insert the toothpick. Attach one wheel, push the toothpick through the straw axel and then insert the wheel on the other side. Repeat for the rear wheels.
How about a yummy car fruit snack? This one is easy, cute and delicious.
Cut wheels from large strawberries or kiwi. Peel a banana and cut a narrow slit in the top. Use a toothpick to attach the wheels to the banana car — add blueberries for the hubcaps. Fill the slit in the top of the banana with more strawberries.
Instant car snack!
Take the next step:
- Watch how we brought the magic of cars to life for kids at Mott, in honor of a special boy’s legacy.
- Let your kids try their hand at designing an app with our DIY app design worksheet and activity.
- Check out these ideas on 5 ways your kids can make a difference this summer.
University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.