Cars have been popular with my children, both boys and girls, and this idea gives your resident Lightning McQueen hours of fun. Use old cereal boxes (and don't tell me you haven't got plenty of those lying around, we eat cold cereal here like it's going out of style) to cut chutes for little Matchbox cars to pass through, making your own system of highways, freeways, overpasses and intersections.
Cut the cereal boxes in half lengthwise, leaving the left and right side flaps to act as guard rails. With a collection of these the possibilities are endless--you could recreate the California freeway system from the comfort of your own kitchen floor.
In the pictures here Spencer, David and Lillian taped the box chutes together to make a car run that extended across the kitchen and into the living room, they even got Cain involved who contributed his own boxes to the project.
"I've got so many boxes, I had to get a big box to hold all the little boxes!" he said when he showed up on the doorstep. They propped the ramps on stacks of encyclopedias--I knew there was a reason I held onto those things--and the whole activity was accompanied by many "awesome!"s and "cool!"s as they shot the cars across the room.
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