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Do you ever wish that you could make all the toys your kiddos have outgrown somehow become new again? I’ve got a closet full of them, waiting to be upcycled into something different. Including a bag full of Hot Wheels, all ready to become these creative and educational Upcycled Toy Car Marker Bots.
Upcycled Race Car Marker Bots Supplies Needed (1 set per car)
- Hot Wheel or other small race car
- Skinny washable marker
- AAA battery
- 1.5V hobby motor (and a dime if it doesn’t have a counterweight)
- Electrical tape
- Craft or art paper
- Glue gun
- Attach a positive and negative wire to your hobby motor by feeding through the contact holes and taping with electrical tape. If your motor doesn’t have a counterweight, hot glue a dime to the rotor at about half way between the center and the edge. You want it to be off balance.
- Glue your motor to the top of your car. You can play around with the motor placement as the alignment controls the movement of the car. Then glue your marker to the car with the hot glue gun.
- Next, attach your battery to the motor with electrical tape and tape it to the car.
- Lay down your craft paper and let the cars loose!
Here they are in action!
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Many thanks to Housing a Forest for their awesome Marker Cars. I added motors to their idea of creative cars for some self-driving fun.
The First Ever Recycled Battery
We love doing powered projects at the Left Brain Craft Brain house. But it’s always a bummer to burn through so many batteries. I’ve been wishing for something a little more Earth-friendly so I don’t feel guilty about our tinkering. Then Energizer® reached out to me and told me about the world’s first AA battery made with 4% recycled batteries. Energizer® EcoAdvanced™ is a breakthrough in creating value for recycled battery materials – which until today had little use or economic value. So I popped over to target to grab some batteries and found both the AA and AAA versions of these new batteries.
Got some more trash to play with? Check out these upcyled projects that inspire the engineer in your kiddo:
- DIY Recycled Suspension Bridge
- Tinkering Station for Young Engineers
- CD Case Travel Geoboard
- Balloon Car Derby