Takeaway Coffee Tray Safari Car

Last year when my daughter went to Kindy, I got in the habit of collecting boxes and odd shaped cardboard trays to donate to the craft corner. Now that my daughter is in school, I still recycle these items, but before placing them in the recycling bin, I think of ways my younger girls can have fun crafting with the pieces.

A new Zarraffa’s coffee shop opened near me and one day I drove thru to get some coffees and they were handed to me in this very cool cardboard tray. The pattern reminded me of a safari and so I decided to create a ‘Safari Car’ for the girls to play with with their smaller stuffed toys.

cardboard drink tray car craft

Fun for

  • Imaginative play
  • Building skills
  • Creativity development
  • Just for fun
  • School Holiday fun


  • Cardboard drink tray
  • 2 Paper towel cardboard rolls
  • Sticky tape
  • scissors
  • Plastic container
  • 2 disposable coffee cups
safari car materials


1. Tape the paper towel cardboard rolls onto the bottom of each tray to act as the wheels
2. Cut the coffee cups in half and place them at the front of the tray to act as the headlights.
3. Insert the plastic container in the middle console to act as the windshield or enclosure part of the car.
4. Place small stuffed animals into the drink compartments.
5. Let toddler imagine the toys are going on a safari.
Safari car craft
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