My toddler has been very obsessed with aliens lately (she has recently watched "Monsters vs. Aliens") and that encompasses anything space related. One a day when we were hanging out at home waiting for baby sis to wake-up, I got the brilliant idea to engage my toddler in a little craft project. Here is how we took a cardboard box and turned it in to our very own rocketship:
Supplies needed: cardboard box (ours was a large rectangle, approximately 36" by 18" and deep enough to allow for a toddler to sit inside of it), aluminum foil, cardstock (assorted colors), buttons, paper plate, 1 pipe cleaner, scissors, glue and a hot glue gun
1. First, cut off all "flaps" (the pieces that fold in to make it a box) EXCEPT one of the shorter sides and cover the entire box with foil. I used a little hot glue gun on the corners to keep it down but it was truly a minimal amount. (Cute baby unnecessary but helpful when determining which corners need to be hot glued down :) )
2. Then, fold the one side that was left on the box in to make a "dashboard" and hot glue those sides to the inside of the box for sturdiness. Hot glue buttons to the sides of the "dash" leaving room for a "steering wheel."
3. Third, cut a curvy shape out of red card stock to look like fire and use the cut-out as a stencil and duplicate the shape 1 piece of red cardstock, 2 pieces of yellow cardstock and 2 pieces of orange cardstock. Stack the "flame" shapes as shown below and glue to the back of the box. Repeat this on the other side.
4. Then, cut our 4 half circles (wheels) and 6 half ovals (windows) in any color of card stock. Also cut out 4 circles- 2 yellow (headlights) and 2 red (brake lights). Once shapes are cut-out, get your toddler involved and allow them to paint or color these pieces. It will give the rocket a personal touch but allow your inner OCD to control scribbling haha! (Note: I also allowed my toddler to paint her paper plate which would then be utilized as the "steering wheel").
5. Then, poke a pipe cleaner through the middle of the previously created "dashboard."
6. Poke pipe cleaner through the middle of the paper plate and coil both ends of the pipe cleaner (as shown below). When this is complete, the "steering wheel" will actually rotate...which my toddler thought was pretty amazing (bonus points for me!).
7. Last, glue on your tires (2 half circles on both sides), windows (3 per side), headlights and brake lights. I also added my own personal touch and hot glued buttons in the middle of the "tires" because I knew my toddler would love picking out some buttons for us to use. She then added her own personal touch by placing strips of wasabi tape inside the rocket to give her a sort of "control panel." This can really be customized in any way...feel free to make it your own! We did :)
I hope this super simple tutorial sparks your inner crafty momma, she's in there somewhere :)
(Below are links to the movie mentioned AND all of our supplies):