Last year I caught the tail-end of the tissue box challenge. At the time didn’t have any empty boxes of tissues (although I’m sure the kids could have solved that issue), and it was the last day of the challenge… But after reading about it, I started saving up those tissue boxes for this year!
This week we got out the tissue boxes and I tried to think of something creative we could do with them.
I only had 2, so I wanted whatever we did to use only 1 box, that way each kiddo would get to have their own creation.
I guess that hole in the top of the box just begged for something to be in it, because it wound up with a little beanie elephant in it… And then, BAM! I knew what those boxes were going to be: cars!
Since my kids are young (read that as impatient), we opted to cover our boxes with construction paper rather than try painting them. You don’t have to wait for construction paper to dry before doing the next step!
They had fun painting the glue onto the box so we could cover it with the paper.
Once we had the sides and top covered (using one sheet of paper), I cut out the hole at the top of the box and used Scotch tape around the rim to keep it from tearing. Peanut opted to cover her ends in paper as well; Monkey decided he was ready for the next step. (To each their own!)
They both had their own ideas going in to the project. Peanut wanted a carrot car for her little bunny to drive (hence the orange paper she chose). We used a toilet paper tube (love those t.p. tube crafts!) to be the green part at the end of the carrot. She cut slits in the ends (long slits at one end and shorter on the end that would attach to the car) and colored it green with a marker. Then we taped the shorter slit end to the box. Finally she added wheels and a little decoration and it was complete.
I was ready for trying a front loader (or bulldozer) with the little guy (he loves his trucks), figuring another toilet paper tube could be used as the shovel. But he pushed Mommy’s creativity a little further, wanting a backhoe.
I cut one tube to be the shovel, and he colored it yellow before we taped it to the box. I suggested making the arms for the shovel, but he was off and running to get me a backhoe to look at. He wanted a black pipe cleaner to be the exhaust pipe that sticks up on the backhoe – what detail!
While he added the construction paper wheels, I cut a piece of corrugated cardboard to be the boom for the backhoe’s digger, and we used a piece of another toilet paper roll for the scoop. His last demand? Elephant needs a steering wheel! One slice of toilet paper tube, and we had a backhoe to be proud of!
They were both super proud of their tissue box vehicles. They even got carried to Mamaw and Papaw’s house and played with quite a bit today!