The Wheels on the Box

Just add Wheels…

During our last trip to 0123 Harappa the girls really enjoyed the cardboard box sleds that they had. I kept thinking about how we could make an adaptation using castor wheels and some hardware from the local DIY home store. The real discovery however proved to be the strength and durability of a certain breed of fruit and vegetable boxes.

Dad’s old necktie makes a great and easy pull strap. Just thread it through the holes and tie a square knot.

By the way, we’ve been putting castor wheels on everything in our house.

Utilizing our cardboard hitch, Electra starts up her own tricycle transport for babies business. (Kitchen to tatami room connections offered daily.)

Besides the scary warning akin to those found underneath your mattress, I found out that this box is built to hold up to 55 kilos!! It also has a water-resistant and wipe-able waxy finish (mothers rejoice!) which I believe must help combat mold and mildew during transport of fruits and veggies.

Scour your local grocery store for one of these sturdy boxes. I’m sure your friends in the produce department would be happy to help you out!

I found the castor wheels for about $ 0.99 a piece and then looked for nuts and bolts to fit the castor wheels. The bolts are about 2 cm in length. Just enough to accommodate the castor wheels and the single walled box.

Using a leather punch, (but you could also use a small Phillips head screwdriver) I punched holes in the bottom of the box that corresponded with the holes on the bottom of the castor wheels.

I found out after a few days of play and finding lost nuts all over the place, that you should orient the bolts so that the nuts are attached on the inside of the box. (OK stop giggling!)

I cut an extra piece of cardboard to act as a liner and provide a little more strength and rigidity to the bottom of the box. It also provides some protection from the bolts sticking up when the girls are riding inside.

Of course don’t forget to decorate the box to look like your favorite fire truck, school bus or train car. (We haven’t gotten that far yet.)

A cardboard box with wheels is a wagon, a trailer, a wheelbarrow, a hangout spot, and all around super fun toddler toy.

Yay cardboard!

9 thoughts on “The Wheels on the Box

    • Hi Allison!
      That sounds great. I just found your blog yesterday and love the photos and awesome activities. Lucky boys! As a former elementary school teacher, I know you are doing all the stuff the grows wonderful boys into interesting and amazing men!

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  2. I’m planning a Star Wars party for my (soon to be) 3 and 5 year old boys. When trying to figure out how to make cardboard box starfighters move (easily and inexpensively) I suddenly remembered your post. I saw it a long time ago and I was so impressed it stuck with me. I think I could convert fruit/veggie boxes into starfighter-inspired vehicles. So, I’ve got a number of questions. Have you taken these outside on pavement and, if so, how’d they hold up? (Our starfighters will be used on the driveway for a 2+ hour birthday party by kids ages 1-6+ years.) How long has your cardboard box on wheels lasted? Do caster wheels come in different sizes? (Maybe that’s a silly question. Just want to make sure I get the correct size.) Thanks for the inspiration!

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