Get Making - Step by Step
Cover your work surface with the newspaper. Provide the child with a 4-inch section of egg carton and a 2 sheets of aluminum foil. Help him or her cover the outside of the bottom half of the egg carton by wrapping it with one piece of the foil. Secure the ends of the foil on the inside with tape. Open the lid on the egg carton, and repeat the same procedure to cover the top half with aluminum foil.
Have the preschooler color the front side of the two wooden craft sticks with a black washable marker. Allow the marker to dry before handling again. Then, lay the sticks side-by-side on the newspaper with the colored sides facing down. Glue the two smaller pieces of craft stick to the backs of them to hold them together. Set them aside to dry, while allowing the child to move on to the decorating phase of the project.
Give the child shape stickers to decorate the outside of the egg carton car. If you are making your own shapes from foam board, help the preschooler cut the shapes and attach them with craft glue. Take advantage of this time to do a quick review of the various shapes and colors you are using with the child. You will need: four large circles for tires, two medium circles for the headlights, four squares and two thin triangles for the side windows, and one rectangle for the back window.
Help the child correctly position the shapes and attach them with the glue. Place two squares and a triangle on each side of the top half of the egg carton car. Position to large circles on the bottom of each side where the tires should go. Attach the rectangle horizontally on the back of the car. *Helpful hint: Strong tape, such as duct tape or packing tape will also work well to hold them in place if time restraints do not allow enough drying time for the glue.
Once the wooden craft sticks are dry, attach the two smaller circles to the colored side of them and place to large googly eyes in the center of the circles. This will serve as the front grill and headlights of the egg carton car. Glue or tape the piece to the front end of the car.
Use the black marker to color in the tab on the lid and any other pieces of carton that are still showing on the outside of the car.
Load the plastic egg people in their car seats formed by the egg cups, pretend to buckle up, and drive safely!