You will need:
• Coloured craft paper
• Ribbon or string
• Scissors, hole punch, paint brushes
2) Paint the egg carton pieces & toilet roll any colour you like
3) Wait for them to dry. If you want to, paint a pattern on with another colour once dry. I painted white spots, Ruby decided on sparkles.
4) Make the wheels. At first I traced around small plastic lids to make the circles & then cut them out one by one for the kids – pointless, time consuming labour (you need lots of wheels), because then I had the brainwave of creating a printable template of perfect circles that you fold in half & cut out 2 at a time. You can print it out below. There are 3 wheels on each side of the toilet roll engine (1 large & 2 small) & 2 small wheels on each carriage.
2 days later we pulled it out again to finish off …
5) Punch holes with a hole punch in the back of the engine & the front & back of each carriage, or poke a hole with a metal skewer
6) Tie them together with a piece of ribbon or string
7) Glue on the wheels by applying a dab of craft glue on the egg carton & pressing the wheel on
8) Make the funnel. Roll a small (approx 4-5cm high) strip of paper up into a cylinder. Glue the lip down, then wind a thin strip of a different coloured paper around all the way up to make a candy stripe. snip tiny slits all the way around the bottom of the cylinder & fold under to make tabs. Glue it on the front of the toilet roll engine with the tabs.
9) Make the mini cone for the top of the funnel by cutting a circle shape with a slit to the middle & pulling it into a cone and gluing in place.
Voila, you’re done. Now, once it’s all completely, absolutely dry (so there will be no tears when the wheels fall off), it’s time to play!