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Paper Plate Balloon Car

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Paper plate balloon car

This project combines a lot of the supplies from our theme weeks but the body of the car is made from a paper plate so I figured it worked here.

This is a fun project because the kids can really make a lot of changes and it will still work. We used a paper plate, cardboard, scissors, straws, skewers, balloon, tape and a stapler

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Paper plate balloon car

Make the plate into a triangle shape and secure with staples, tape or glue. This is one of those projects that would hold together best with glue, but can be done with tape (just be ready to fix it if needed)

Paper plate balloon car

Tape the straws to the bottom of the plate. You can trim them if they are sticking too far out or leave as is.

Paper plate balloon car

Using a small circlular object, trace 4 circles onto cardboard for the wheels.

Paper plate balloon car

Cut out the wheels. Tip: it’s easier to cut out small circles if you cut around them in a square from the larger piece first.

Paper plate balloon car

Pierce the center of the wheel with the skewer. Don’t make the hole too big becaues you don’t want the wheels to spin on the skewer.

Paper plate balloon car

Put the skewer through one of the straws and add the wheel to the other side and trim the skewer

Paper plate balloon car

Paper plate balloon car

Next, we taped 3 straws together (with tape the entire length of the straws to keep air from escaping). Then taped the balloon opening to the end of the straws so that the balloon can be blown up from the other end. This is a good time for the kids to experiment and see where air is escaping if the balloon isn’t blowing up, and then fixing it with tape.

Paper plate balloon car

Insert and tape the straw/balloon to the inside of the car.

Paper plate balloon car

Paper plate balloon car

Paper plate balloon car

Blow up the balloon and release!

Paper plate balloon car

Paper plate balloon car

The boys didn’t like the bigger end going first so they switched their balloon to the other side.

Paper plate balloon car

Paper plate balloon car

Have fun experimenting what works best for you!

We are in the second week of Summer Camp Matherial Themed Weeks! This week is paper plate week where we’ll share an activity using paper plates each day. If you have an activitiy please share it here or on our Facebook page! We’ll try and do a round up at the end of each week.

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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