Turn Lego Cars into Doodle Cars: A simple project that young engineers will love. Kids can create whimsical art, then have a colourful race!

We hear a lot about cars around our place…  we draw them, we build them, we read about them, and we trip over them! Vehicles have been Budster’s immutable passion for about a year, and we begin to wonder if he will ever tire of them. He delights that there are vehicles everywhere and they are all different – doing different jobs, in different colours, and with different specific names. With such an active interest, our little guy is just sponging up everything he sees and hears on the subject, so we try to keep the input coming.

Over the holidays, we gave Budster a new book by my childhood favourite, Richard Scarry. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go is like many of Scarry’s other books, in that its illustrations depict the minutiae of everyday activity in an almost-real world populated by anthropomorphic animals. What really enlightened Budster, though, was not the knowledge that animals can drive – he had already made successful experiments with a gorilla and a tractor before reading the book – but that cars can sometimes be made of food, animals and household objects. A rabbit driving a crocodile-shaped car? Good old Duplo turned that one into a reality for him. A pickle car? Delicious! A pencil car? Genius!

The other day, Buster was sitting in a pile of Lego Duplo, building (you guessed it) cars. He had a washable marker, which he sometimes embellishes his creations (and himself) with, but we could see that he was up to something else. He was trying to find a way to mount the marker on the car. What a great idea! Mommy rose to the challenge and helped out with some elastic bands, and Budster soon had a fleet of colour-coded doodle cars!

Turn Lego Cars into Doodle Cars: A simple project that young engineers will love. Kids can create whimsical drawings, then have a colourful race!

Turn Lego Cars into Doodle Cars: A simple project that young engineers will love. Kids can create whimsical art, then have a colourful race!

We laid out a roll of paper, and Budster made tracks and drawings with his cars, stopping intermittently to line them all up for a satisfying inspection.

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Some of the cars drew snakes, which our Buddy let us know with some enthusiastic, drippy hissing noises. Some raced, and then tried to follow their tracks back the same way they had come.

Turn Lego Cars into Doodle Cars: A simple project that young engineers will love. Kids can create whimsical art, then have a colourful race!

Turn Lego Cars into Doodle Cars: A simple project that young engineers will love. Kids can create whimsical art, then have a colourful race!

It was great fun, and when the time came to put the caps back on the markers, our little inventor let us know the time had come too soon!Turn Lego Cars into Doodle Cars: A simple project that young engineers will love. Kids can create whimsical art, then have a colourful race!

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Would you like to hold a doodle race in your playroom as well? Get a big sheet of paper, then try making your own doodle cars! You will need a couple of Lego or Duplo chassis with wheels, rubber bands and washable markers.  They don’t have to be made with Duplo or regular Lego, either – any car you can strap a marker to with an elastic band should work. Have fun… and hide the Sharpies!

If you liked this, you may also find these related activities interesting:

Wooden Road Tracks and Ramps

Goodnight, Gorilla: Building the Story with Lego

– How to Build a Toy Paddle Boat

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