My kids love creating and tinkering. It makes me smile, since I never know what they will be building next. Some of their favorite projects include a fun Elastic-Band Launcher and a noisy Tin Can Howler. When I was contacted by Craft Project Ideas to review their Made By Me Wooden Cars, my kids were super excited! Just to be clear, we were given this product for an honest review and the best part is…they are also offering one of my lucky readers their own Wooden Car Kit. How cool it that! This might be the easiest competition to enter ever, check out the bottom of the post to find out how!
Since I already mentioned that my kids love to build and tinker, it will come as no surprise that they had a blast building and painting their wooden cars. However, they also wanted to add their own twist to the already cool race cars. Balloon Cars have been something that we have been meaning to make for a long time. So we combined our super cool race cars with a little speed from a balloon, creating an awesome DIY race car that your kids will love.
Before I get into building our cool balloon race cars, let me just say this kit was a breeze to put together. The directions were super simple to follow, and everything that you need is included. As a mom, I loved that each of the cars came in their own bag. No sorting parts or hours spent trying to figure what part goes where. Love that!
Once they had most of the race cars assembled, they took the cars outside to do a quick sanding. I personally love the look natural, but the kids are all about the bright colors:)
Simple painting tip: For the photo we set the sides in place. However, we actually glued them on after the kids painted them. This made it easy for the kids to paint all the little crevices, especially behind the fenders.
Each car comes with 4 paint colors and 1 container of glue. (We only used a fraction of the paint that was in the little tubs) I love that only one coat of paint was needed to achieve the colors that the kids were looking for, especially once the kids added the detail stickers. These little race cars turned out to be a fun a simple project that is easy enough to complete in an afternoon.
How to Build a DIY Balloon Powered Wooden Car:
- Build and Paint Wooded Car Kit
- 1 Balloon
- 4″ piece of 3/4″ plastic tubing ~ found at a hardware store
- Tape ~ we used colorful electrical tape
Slide the plastic tube into the balloon so that over half of the tubing is inside the balloon and secure with tape. The extra tube inside the balloon helps to stabilize the balloon, when the air is released. We found without it, the balloon flopped to one side and squeaked like crazy. Honestly my kids loved it, but I think I would have been driven batting in just a few moments. Once we added the extra length of tubing, no more squeaking and a happy mom:)
Use the plastic tube to blow up the balloon. It may take a bit of effort, so an adult may have to assist in blowing. The larger tube can make it a bit tricky to blow up. We tried using a drinking straw, but since our cars are wooden, the straw did not force out enough air at one time to make our race cars zoom. We found that the wider opening of the tube worked perfect.
Win Your Own Wooden Car Kit!
Winning your own Made by Me wooden Car Kit is super easy, and I know you want one! Keep reading to find out the rules, I promise entering this competition is super easy.
To enter the competition…you need to leave a comment on this post by midnight (CST) on Monday September 2nd, 2013, telling us why you would like to win or what you would do with your car kit if you did win. I told you it was going to be easy and painless. I love reading your comments so this is really a bonus for me too:)
My kids will be helping me choose the best answer and that person will win their own Build and Play Kit. We love creativity, so get your thinking caps on and ask your kids to help come up with your best answer! Unfortunately the competition is only open to US residents that are 18 years or older, with a non PO box address (the kit will be shipped via Fed Ex which doesn’t ship to PO boxes).
- One entry per person ~ you must be over 18, with a United States non PO box address.
- You have until midnight (CST) on Monday September 2nd, 2013 to leave your comment.
- You must give your e-mail address along with your comment, so I can contact you.
- You must tell me why you want to win this fun Build and Play Wooden Car Kit or what you would do with it. Remember creativity matters, so have fun with your answers!
I will send the winning e-mail address to Craft Project Ideas so that they can arrange the delivery of your Kit.
No sad faces if you don’t win. You can also purchase this wooden car kit at Walmart.