We began with two boxes, one was a Smuckers box that we got at Costco, the other was just a big shipping box we cut apart. The Smuckers box was about 2' x 15", which really seemed like a great size, big enough to do things with, but not so big he couldn't carry it.
We decided to turn the box upside down and cut a hole for what now is the top, this way the bottom was totally open so did not impede on his legs moving.
We created the cab by cutting the other box into a partial rectangle with a top tab, we cut a hole in the main box to slide the tab into and taped it into place. The doors, were another long strip of the box that we folded up each side and down around the bottom.
|Tab from cab inside main box before we taped it down|
Ryder made the wheels from card-stock.
We used red duct tape for the stripe, fancy sparkly red and yellow card stock for the lights, printed the Ryder logo and glued orange pom-poms for the top truck lights.
For the straps, I actually got a roll of velcro and we used the sticky velcro adhesive strips (the kind you often use to hang pictures on walls) inside of the box then used the long strips to make two straps to go over his shoulders.
He loved his Ryder Tuck and had such a fun time going on a parade for the school, getting his first ticket, going through a car wash, going to the KMV (Kindy Motor Vehicles), and 'driving' through a Starbucks and Krispy Kremes, chocolate milk and donuts.
There were a lot cute and creative cars- here are some of my favorites from the day.
Another (our last) Kindy 500 is now done, his truck worked out great and he still wears it around the house pretty regularly. Does your school do a Kindy 500?