For a easy boredom buster, gather together:
- 1 clothespin (per car)
- 4 buttons, of the same size
- 1 drinking straw
- 2 bread ties
- colored tape
- school glue (optional).
Cut two, one inch, pieces from the straw.
Thread the bread ties through the straws, and secure a button on each side, either looping the bread tie through the back hook, or the holes, depending on the type of buttons you have.
Clip one of the straw axles in the front of the clothespin. You can glue it in place, but that isn't necessary.
Slide the other straw axle into the back of the clothespin, up against the spring.
Secure it in place with a piece of tape, as shown.
Make more than one...
...and let the racing begin.
I found the idea for this toy, in Mary Wallace's excellent, for-kids, toy making book, I Can Make Toys. It's one of those books, where almost every idea looks like fun, and can actually be done by children, on their own.
It's great to be a homeschooler.