This isn’t your average toy car ramp. It might only be made from cardboard and a couple of basic craft supplies, but it will definitely thrill any car-loving kid.
Build this together and then leave your child for an afternoon of high-speed race fun. When they race their LEGO Juniors cars down the ramp they’ll fly off the end into the air, and hopefully jump the gap, making it safely onto the other side. Pretend it’s a lake of lava, the edge of a ravine, or just a perilous river filled with ninjas on boats, but be creative and get as much air as possible!
Oh, and it’s also a great way to use up cardboard boxes before they go in the recycling.
What you need:
- Two long pieces of thin card
- Tape or child safe glue
- White tape or paint for decoration
- LEGO Juniors cars (this range is especially easy to build, for 4-7 year olds)
- A chair
1. Fold the cardboard into two triangular prism shapes
Stick each one together securely using the tape or glue.
2. Let your child decorate the ramp
They could draw a checkerboard on a piece of white paper, add a start line – really make it look like a real speedway. We used white tape to look like painted road lines.
3. Tape the thin cardboard “road” to the edge of the chair, and tape the other end to one of the triangles
This creates the first part of the ramp. Tape the second piece of card to the other cardboard triangle to create the landing place.
4. Ready, set, RACE!
Make it a contest and see who can get their car the furthest- why not get a tape measure and explore how far the cars jump? Encourage your child to experiment with distance and speed by moving the base of the car ramp around – this is a great opportunity to learn about gravity while they’re having fun.
Scissors can be dangerous for small children, so please make sure you supervise them closely during use.