Toy Car Wash

MatchBox Car Wash - made from an ice cream bucket _DSC0531-001

Whipped this Matchbox car wash for the kids this school holidays with items I had around the house. So easy! 

Materials used

  • Ice cream bucket
    • A box can be used but won’t be waterproof – good option for inside play
  • Hot glue
  • Foam sheet (I had left over from making peg mermaids with the kids)
    • Paper works too, but it won’t be waterproof. Another idea is to use zip lock bag.
  • 3 paddle pop sticks
  • Shaving cream – optional 

How to make

This is the sort of thing that can be for inside (and even just the front section without the rollers) for imaginative play, or add shaving cream and water to make it a fun outdoor activity.

1. Cut 2 sections out of opposite sides of an ice cream bucket. Leave a centimetre or two from the top (that is: base of the ice cream bucket) because you’ll need that space to glue the foam on.

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

2. Trim a section of foam to cover the entrance of the car wash. Then cut narrow lines up the foam, allowing at least a centimetre  or 2 at the top.

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

3. Glue the foam to the inside of the bucket. I used hot glue because it’s quick and easy. Craft glue could be used but it will take a good while to dry properly.

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5. I decided to add rollers too. Starting from the base of a paddle pop stick, I glued layers of cut foam, allowing a couple of centimetres from the top.

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

6. To add them to the car wash, I cut two squares out of the top of the ice cream bucket where I wanted them to sit, slipped the rollers to sit underneath, and then added one more paddle pop stick to the top, joining them both together so they wouldn’t fall out (but still had a little movement).

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

7. That’s it really! I also added a sign to the top of the box. This could be written in permanent marker.

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

Set up

I decided to set this outside with a small container of shaving cream, a bucket of water and a washer. Then I just let me son at it to play however he wanted.

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

How to make a toy car wash using an ice cream bucket

Fun addition for outdoor play, or for imaginative play inside (without the water/cream). Could add some printable roads too.

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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