My son has never showed a strong interest in coloring or making things. This parking garage craft excites about! My older daughter loves to make it for him. She and I made it together last week. We asked him how he wanted it designed. He was a like a little contractor specifying what colors he wanted and how many levels to make. We did a smaller version about a year ago. He plays with it all the time!
What you need:
- at least two large cereal boxes (we used three to create a triple level garage)
- at least five toilet paper tubes (we used ten since we made the extra level)
- Tacky glue
- large book
- paint or color
To make the parking garage…
- Cut the front panel from a large cereal box, keeping the panel intact. Secure any box tabs with Tacky Glue.
- To make exits and entrances, cut inch wide flaps on both sides
- Paint or color the toilet paper tubes and the cut out cereal boxes. Have fun! We made parking lines for his matchbox cars.
- Glue the tubes on top of the flat cut out panel (the one without the flaps).
- Run glue along the tops of each tube. Then place the second level on top. Put a large book in place to hold it in place. We let it dry overnight.
- To make your flaps for the entrance and exit longer, cut four 2 inch by 8 inch strips from a second cereal box. Spread glue on the strips and sandwich each flap between two of them.
- To make another level, repeat Steps 4 & 5
And we made a car dealership with a tunnel connected to it. If you want to make one, you need…
- a fruit snack or cracker box
- another cereal box
- a plastic juice container
To make the simple car dealership, we cut out the front of a fruit snacks box and my oldest made a little sign with my son’s name on it. We glued the sign on the front. We used an extra cereal box panel to make a parking lot. Then we cut the ends off a plastic juice jug. My daughter decorated the jug with glitter paint. We tried to connect our tunnel from the dealership to the garage by using Tacky glue. It does not work very well. You will need to use something stronger like duct tape.
The best thing about this craft is letting my son’s creativity come alive. He now wants us to try to make a car wash and an auto mechanic. I am officially saving all our cereal boxes from now on!
And yes, my daughter, likes to wear funny hats. This came from an old-fashioned 50′s style diner we ate at last week for my husband’s birthday.