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50_Magnetic Racing Track

31 Dec

Some say electric cars are the future, but what about magnetic ones?

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It will take you about half an hour to make a magnetic racing track with a racing car.

You´ll need:

_A small, thin cardboard box, about 20 cm high x 20 cm wide x 2cm deep

_A few sheets of white paper, enough to wrap the box

_Pencil and a black fine liner or felt tip pen

_Coloured pencils, markers or crayons

_2 wooden sticks (lolly sticks) or one long flat stick. You could also use a ruler or something similar.

_2 magnets

How to make your magnetic racing track and car:

1. Wrap the box in white

2. Draw the track in pencil. You can add some details like trees and other cars.

3. When you are sure about your drawing trace over the pencil with the felt tip pen and add colour.

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4. On a separate piece of paper draw a car as if you were looking at it from the top.

5. Cut it out and stick one of the magnets on the back.

6. Glue the 2 sticks together to make one long stick and glue the remaining magnet on one end.

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7. Put the car on the track and the stick and magnet inside the box to move the car around.

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There you go… Car that races without you touching it!

Think of other things you could make using this idea… what about a horse race track or a theatre set… a magnetic maze perhaps?

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(Thanks Manuel, Ana, Lore and Chabs for your help and ideas)


34_The Imagination Box

7 Sep

So… if you´re the kind that likes to play with the box rather than the toy, keep reading.. this one´s definitely for you

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Probably one of the easiest ones; not the quickest just because you have to let it dry overnight.

You`ll need:

_A cardboard box, maybe from a large appliance or from moving places.

_Water-based blackboard paint and a brush (You´ll find the paint in art shops and some paint shops)

_Old newspapers, recycling paper or a plastic mat/bags to cover the surface where you´ll be painting.

_Masking or parcel tape to secure the bottom of the box.

_Coloured chalk to imagine and transform your box over and over again.

How to make your imagination box:

1. Close the bottom of the box and tape it so that it doesn’t open again.

2. Paint the box with the blackboard paint, including the flaps to open it and close it. Remember to cover the surface where you´ll be painting with cardboard, plastic bags, etc.

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3. Leave it to dry for a few hours. If there are spots that look a bit “washed out” add an extra layer of paint over those spots.

4. Leave your box to dry for 24 hours or as long as the packaging of the paint suggests.

5. When the box is fully dry, get the chalk and let your imagination fly.

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What about a space ship?

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What else could your box be… A monster perhaps?

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What about a house or a diver suit?…It could be whatever you imagine.. that´s the point!

(When you´re ready to transform your box into something else, use a DRY tissue or cloth to erase the chalk (remember, the paint is water based so if the paper or cloth is damp, you´ll take the paint away))

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