There are so many fun and very interesting DIY toy car wash activities out there.
I love the ones that are made out of recycled items such as a cardboard car or a cardboard box car wash toy.
They are so much fun and it’s so cool seeing how anything and I mean”literally” anything can be made out of a recycled cardboard cutout.
I decided to hop on the train and create our very own cardboard box fun!
If you’re like me and have been wanting to create a simple DIY car wash activity for your littles to use with their toy cars and lego toys, this is it!
I’ll be sharing below all I used to create this Homemade Car Wash and how you can too!
You’ve got this!
Related: Looking for even more cardboard box activities? Here are over 70 Cardboard Activities for Kids.
Recycled Shoe box (and/or cardboard cutout)
Hot Glue Gun and Scissors (Trusted adult-use only)
That is all you will need to put together this simple and very easy Toy Car Wash!
How do you make a Homemade Car Wash?
These are the steps I took to put together this simple and very easy DIY cardboard car wash out of cardboard:
I laid out a recycled rectangular cardboard cutout and my girl and I drew out an outline of where things would go!
We measured where the recycled shoe box would go and started creating.
We cut out “windows” on the shoe box so that you can see the toy car go through.
I used a hot glue gun to glue it towards the end of the cardboard cutout.
Then, we cut out foam sheets in the colors green and blue for the grass and the water and used elmers glue to glue them onto the landscape around the toy car wash.
We also used black foam sheets to create a road and a center with flowers (colorful pom poms)
With a red foam sheet, we cut strips on it to add to the shoe box so that when the car goes through it goes through the red foam sheet strings.
My LO made a little car wash sign and attached it with toothpicks to the top of the shoe box and voila!
You’ve an epic cardboard car box Toy Car Wash!
What can I use instead of a car wash?
If you are looking to create a simple set of cardboard crafts for kids that is not a car cardboard activity or a car theme preschool activity, you can check out this list of over 70 cardboard activities for kids!
It is a massive list of cardboard activities that are easy and so much fun!
Check it out here: 70+ Cardboard Activities for Kids.
What is a Good Homemade Car Wash?
A good homemade car wash consists of crafts with amazon boxes, cardboard toys or toy cars, and lots of fun!
What other fun car activities for kids have you tried? We’d love to learn new activities with any types of boxes!
Do you know how to make a cardboard car toy? How did it go?
Share with me below!