We love reuse all of our boxes, and I’m especially weak on cute colorful tissue boxes. I don’t know how about you, but I always seek new ideas on how to upcycle them. Continue reading a find out how to make a simple craft Tissue Box Toy Car Wash.
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Materials you will need:
Take your tissue box and cut out side with opening and the opposite side for entrance and exit. Also, cut the side that makes the bottom. I haven’ t took a picture of that one but this is how it looks in the end. Just to get an idea.
Take two red foam sheets and cut it on a size to match one side which will be the entrance.
Mark stripes with pencil and cut all the stripes leaving them hanging.
Glue both sheets, one on top another, from the inside of a box.
Use foam sheet scraps and glue to decorate entrance and maker to write “Car Wash”.
A set of brushes are made of two foam sticks and two foam sheets.
Divide each foam sheet on to three pieces, 2 same sizes and one a bit smaller.
Cut each piece of foam as shown in the photo.
Take the first stick and one bigger piece of foam, apply little glue on end and start rolling foam making a brush. In the end, put a little bit of glue so your brush doesn’t roll back.
Repeat with the second bigger piece and put the smallest one on the bottom. Repeat with a second stick.
When done you will have two sticks with brushes. Now you need to glue them on each side of exit with glue. Foam sticks are great as they are flexible but wooden or any round sticks will serve the purpose too.
Use foam scraps to decorate exit as needed. I just put one orange stripe on the top.
And your DIY car wash is ready to be played with.
This makes an excellent craft for doing together and to have one on one time together with your child. After this, your child will most likely continue to play independently for some time. Yay!
If you struggle with your child playing alone I suggest you start with small steps teaching him to play for short amounts of time. Use a timer for solo play and for playing together communicating clearly for how long each play lasts, so the child knows what is going to happen and he can have a sense of control. You can learn more strategies and get more ideas in an Independent play starter kit for parents.
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Gloria | 18th Aug 20
Made this for my 2-year old tonight, it’s adorable!
Didn’t have foam sheets but I’m happy to report that felt also works great.
Lily Zunic | 19th Aug 20
Sounds great Gloria, thank you for the useful tip.
Jennifer | 2nd May 18
My son will love this!
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