Go, Tube Racer, Go!

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Go, Tube Racer, Go!
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages school-age

How can you turn a toilet paper tube into a hot rod? Take this idea for a spin.

What you'll need

  • Toilet paper tube
  • Acrylic paint
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Black craft foam
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue
  • Paper for decorations (optional)
  • Small paper fasteners

How to make it

  1. Go, Tube Racer, Go! - Step 1

    Coat the tube with acrylic paint. When it's dry, mark the location of the cockpit, steering wheel, and wheels as shown.

  2. Snip out the cockpit and punch holes at the wheel and steering wheel marks.

  3. Fold the steering wheel flap down and the other flap up to serve as a seat back.

  4. Cut 4 wheels about the size of the toilet tube ends and a quarter-size steering wheel out of black craft foam.

  5. Cut 4 quarter-size hubcaps out of aluminum foil.

  6. Punch holes in the centers of all the circles. Glue the hubcaps onto the wheels and decorate the steering wheel with foil accents.

  7. Give your mean machine a custom paint job; we glued on paper decorations and added numbers as well.

  8. When you're ready to roll, attach the wheels and steering wheel to the tube with small paper fasteners. Start your engines!

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