Arts & Crafts

How To Make a Speedy Bobsled

By: Highlights Editorial
Girl playing with cardboard bobsled track.
minute activity
Ages 3+
Creativity
Critical Thinking
Curiosity
Fine Motor Skills
Science

Craft skills and math skills add up to some high-velocity fun when little hands make mini versions of Olympic bobsleds (the pros call them “bobs”). Race ’em down a cardboard track and time the results. Which sled is the fastest? Which sled is the flashiest? Try it and see!

What You'll Need

What to Do

  1. Cut the cardboard tube open.

    Girl using scissors to cut toilet paper roll for bobsled craft.
  2. Paint the cardboard tube.

    Girl painting cardboard bobsled.
  3. Tape the straws to the bottom of the bobsled. Have the short part of the straw bend, as shown.

    Girl taping straws to the bottom of the cardboard bobsled.
  4. To make the track, fold the sides of the cardboard up, leaving at least a 3-inch-wide base. 

    Girl folding cardboard to make a bobsled track.
  5. Paint the bobsled track. Let dry.

  6. Lean the top of the track against a chair or table. 

  7. Then race your bobsled down the track. In a race, some bobsleds can go as fast as a car on the highway.

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By: Highlights Editorial