Foil Monster Truck Rally


Travis has a “monster Jeep” that he loves, so when I saw this adorable way to play monster truck rally at home, I had to give it a try!

Wrap small cars (matchbox race cars are the perfect size) in foil to form an impression, then remove the car to leave the shape behind. This takes some practice, but don’t worry if your work is a bit sloppy – the cars are about to be crushed anyway!


Line the “cars” up in a row; now it’s time for your monster trucks to wreak havoc!


Travis was mildly interested in driving the jeep over the foil, particularly when he was surprised to see the cars get crushed instead of staying solid.


Even more so, he loved the general idea of wrapping cars in foil and then discovering which one was hidden inside. It’s yet another instance of setting up a game for him, only for him take it a new direction that he enjoys more. So why not!


Either way, you’re sure to have some fun with this one.

Flying Saucer


We talked a lot about modes of transportation here on planet Earth this week… but what about transportation in outer space??

To make a super-stellar UFO at home, all you need are two paper plates and a few supplies for decoration. Glue the plates together and let dry completely.


For the best flying saucer, I recommend silver paint. Travis had a blast painting, since it’s a color we’ve never used before!


Then we added glitter because, well, we needed space dust of course. In retrospect, I would have skipped this part, as it made flying the UFO a glittery mess every time! But for toddler fun, glitter can’t be beat.


As the finishing touch, we added gem stickers around the rim to be the flying saucer’s lights.


I made Travis three little aliens by gluing googly eyes onto pom poms.


Finally it was time to soar through space!