Cardboard Firetruck

Building toys from cardboard is SO much FUN!!

With the help of our makedo kit, and a few recyclables we had on-hand, Emily and I built a fun firetruck!! I’m not sure why she wanted to wear safety goggles to put out fires..?? But she sure had lots of fun with this!

It is basically a box with a hole cut out of the bottom, and some elastic attached for arm straps. We used yogurt lids for wheels, and an empty egg carton for the emergency lights. There’s also a jump rope tucked inside, which she used for a fire hose!

Emily discovered that a frisbee makes a great steering wheel!!

Now she’s off to rescue her stuffed animal cats…… that are stuck in trees! Those silly cats!

If you’d like to build cardboard toys of your own, there is still time to enter our giveaway for a Free Play Makedo kit!!

Have fun!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    I can only assume that this means that I am one step closer to getting approval for installing a stripper firefighter’s pole in our bedroom.

    You know, to support the local fire department.


  2. I love the firetruck. (And Mark’s idea gave me a good laugh, too.)

  3. Oh, I LOVE when kiddos lose their front teeth- Emily’s smile is even sweeter than normal…if that’s possible…

    • That’s so sweet of you! She’s only missing one tooth, but it looks like a HUGE gap!! She was thrilled to have another visit from the tooth fairy last night! πŸ™‚

  4. Dear Mark,

    no joke, I saw one of those in a house when we were house-hunting. He said it was “to honor the firemen who died on 9-11.”

    Now, I just need to go through a large amount of paper to have the box to make the fire truck……..

  5. ROTF at Mark’s comment! Fun firetruck!

  6. Love the lost tooth! Any tooth fairy crafts up your sleeve?

  7. Emily is the CUTEST! I love all of her pictures! She should be a comedian when she grows up. Her expressions are fantastic!

  8. Emily is the CUTEST! I love her expressions – she should be a comedian when she grows up!

  9. Emily toothy grin is adorable. So (again) is the fabric in the background. Will you need a firewomans’s outfit to go with the pole in bedroom Valerie? Mark’s comments are getting quite risque now that he is a year older πŸ˜‰

  10. Ooo that firetruck is adorable but not nearly as cute as that missing-a-front-tooth grin! Hee hee loved Mark’s comment too.

  11. What a fantastic firetruck! Love it, will be making one with my little girl soon, thanks for sharing another great idea πŸ™‚

  12. So cute. And so smart using a red box. Much easier than painting it or covering it with red paper!

  13. Not only is the box car adorable, and your daughter precious, but the actual picture is cool, too. What’s the background?

    • Thanks so much, Netta! It is wrapping paper from the dollar store. I use wrapping paper a lot in the background… it’s colorful, cheap, and fun!

  14. That looks so cute and a whole bunch of fun!

  15. That is the perfect background for this photo! Makedo kits are very cool.

  16. Oh, Emily has such a great imagination. I see that the tooth fairy has visited her recently πŸ™‚

  17. Awesome firetruck and a great photoshoot! πŸ™‚


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