Why buy things when you can make them with your kids? Teach your kids how to harness creativity and ingenuity by building something cool. My directions are a guide, but you and your kiddos can sketch out a plan for a parking garage of your own design. With some cardboard recyclables and a few supplies, you can make your child a fantastic parking garage play set for their small toy cars. Bond and foster your relationship with your child by having fun together. Good luck to you!


  • Flat piece of cardboard (15” X 7” flap from a box)
  • Cardboard box (7 ½” x 5” x 3” Suddenly Salad box)
  • 4 toilet paper tubes
  • 3 sheets of red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black marker



Step 1: Cut the bottom of the box off and set aside. Cut the box in half the long way. Set one piece aside.

Step 2: Cover the outside of the ½ box with red construction paper (secured with the glue gun).

Step 3: Cover the toilet paper tubes with red construction paper.

Step 4: Use the glue gun to attach the toilet paper tubes to the bottom of the box (as shown).

Step 5: Glue the bottom of the toilet paper rolls to the large piece of cardboard.

Step 6: Get the other side of the box and use the flaps to attach it to the edge of the other box as a ramp (as shown). Cut the flaps from the bottom edge so it looks clean against the ground. Cover the edges with red construction paper.

Step 7: Use the bottom piece of the box from step one and cover it with red construction paper. Use the marker to write the word “PARKING” near the top.

Step 8: Glue the PARKING sign to the edge of the bottom piece of cardboard.

Step 9: Use the black marker to draw parking spots on the cardboard levels. Draw arrows up and down on the ramp to show where cars should drive.

Have Fun!

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