Any room for a little one?

Create this handy storage space for your little one's toy cars

Any room for a little one?
by Natalie Keeler

If you've ever experienced the pain of stepping on one of these tiny vehicles with bare feet, this is the craft for you. You can easily make this handy hideaway for your child's toy cars using cardboard tubes, then get them to create a sign for it using a card and felt-tip pens.

We guarantee it'll be a hit in any little one's bedroom, and if you're lucky, you might never have to ask them to tidy away their cars ever again. No promises though.

TIP: How many tubes you need will depend on how many toy cars you want to store away, so it’s a good idea to have a lot to hand.

You will need:

  • Toilet paper roll tubes
  • Glue
  • Felt tips
  • Sticky tape 
  • Coloured card

How to make a garage for toy cars

Step 1

Use glue to stick the toilet rolls together to form a pyramid shape (it's easier to do this when all the toilet rolls are stood up vertically). Wait for the glue to dry.

Step 2

Use sticky tape to secure the outside of your toilet roll pyramid.

Step 3

Make a sign for your toy garage using the coloured card and felt-tip pens. Attach it to the back of the toilet roll pyramid using sticky tape or glue.

Step 4

Get your child to add their toy cars. Your toy car garage is complete!

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Learning guide

The physical elements of this make (cutting, sticking and painting) all help develop your little one's fine motor skills. Don't worry if the painting gets messy – it's a great way of letting your child explore their creativity. Talk to your child about balance while you’re crafting together. Would the garage work if the toilet rolls were stacked one on top of the other? Why not? Your finished garage also provides the perfect platform for adding and subtracting. Add and remove cars from the garage and ask them to count how many are left each time.