Toilet roll hot rods
Got a million empty toilet rolls in your bathroom bin? Well get them out and make a great homemade toy with your kids. These toilet roll hot rods will wheel along the floor and the kids can race them!
What you need:
- 1 empty toilet roll
- 4 plastic milk carton / juice lids (or similar)
- 1 drinking straw
- 2 toothpicks
- scissors or a craft knife
Number of players:
Paint your hot rod in racing colours. Put your initials or your lucky number on it if you want.
Use a hole punch to punch four holes either side of your hot rod, for the straw and toothpick axle.
Cut a square out of the top of the toilet roll – this is where your driver will sit.
Use the toothpick to measure a straw length that is about 1cm shorter than the toothpick.
Thread the toothpick inside the straw.
Thread the straw – with toothpick inside- through the front holes, then do the same at the back for the back wheels.
Now get your plastic lids – these are your wheels. To pierce a hole in the centre, heat up a metal skewer (hold it over a gas stove flame) then burn a hole in the centre of each lid.
Push the end of each toothpick through the pierced hole you have made in each plastic lid/wheel.
Your hot rod is ready to race.
- If you have hygiene concerns regarding the use of making crafts from toilet paper rolls, you can cut a paper towel roll or gift wrap tube to use instead, or roll your own tube using card stock.
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot
for creating the instructional video. Australia