Hit the Road with these DIY Ride-On Toys

Photography by Michael Alberstat

You don’t need to spend a bundle to give your kids an awesome ride-on toy that will provide hours of outdoor entertainment. With just a little effort and imagination, these DIY ride-on toys will earn you some serious street (er, sidewalk) cred.

What you’ll need:
• A wooden cutting board
• 4 1-inch swivel casters
• A plastic planter or bucket to make the seat
• Zip ties
• A drill
• Construction paper
• Tape/Glue

To make a ride-on toy, attach four one-inch swivel casters to the corners of a wooden cutting board. Use zip ties to attach the plastic seat to the cutting board through holes you drill yourself. Then creative adorn your ride with finds from your junk drawer and the dollar store.

Tip: Make sure to choose a bucket, bowl or planter that is the right size and height for your child’s caboose. And use outdoor materials (like electrical tape, rope and wire) instead of craft supplies when possible—they’re more durable and will handle rain and dirt better.

For more great crafts to keep little ones entertained, check out this DIY marble race track and homemade sidewalk chalk.

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