Cardboard Car Races
This week, Russell’s Cub Scout troop proved once again that you can do amazing things with a simple cardboard box. They had their annual “Cubanapolis” cardboard box races.
Earlier this month, each den painted one cardboard box as a car. Then the leaders, including Bob, put down painters tape in an oval shaped track. They marked out 8 “pit stop” squares. As each child would race, their pit stop crew (usually a parent) would wait in the square. Each racer put on a pair of safety goggles and a t-shirt over their clothes. Each racer completed three laps, stopping at the pit stop each time.
- After the first lap, the pit stop buddy would “clean the windshield” i.e. spray the goggles and wipe them off.
- After the second lap, the pit stop buddy would “change the tires” i.e. take off the extra t-shirt, turn it inside out and put it back over the racer’s head.
- After the third lap, the pit stop buddy would “fill the gas tanks” i.e. offer water in a cup with a straw.
After all the children raced, then many parents raced too.
I loved the simplicity of this event and the expressions on the faces of all participants. Keeping things simple while producing very little trash – another great Trashmagination example.