For several years, Aidan has been trying to figure out how to make a jump for Hot Wheels cars. He’s tried various methods, such as using books as a ramp, and I’ve tried to think of ideas, but we’ve never been able to build a really satisfying jump. The other day, I had the idea to use a shoe box to build a jump, and it was a success! Then I made a bigger jump out of a diaper box, and the boys have been playing with it all week.

Here’s how I made it:

Materials: A cardboard box, a cereal box (or two), utility knife, duct tape

Step 1: Cut out the shape of the jump with a utility knife. I was trying to figure out how to make the exact same cut on the second side, and Aidan suggested that I trace the piece that I had cut out of the first side. Smart kid!

Make a jump for Hot Wheels cars

Step 2: Use cereal box cardboard to create the surface of the jump. Secure the cardboard in place with duct tape.

Turn a cardboard box into a jump for hot wheels cars!

Step 3: Cover the sides with duct tape, just for fun.

This is not the same box as above – this is a second jump that I built out of a diaper box.

Turn a cardboard box into a jump for Hot Wheels cars!

Then it’s time to play!!

We used a section of plastic rain gutter for a ramp onto our jump. We bought the rain gutter last summer, and cut it into sections with a saw. We have had fun using the rain gutter sections to make waterfalls in the backyard and car ramps indoors.

Turn a cardboard box into a jump for Hot Wheels cars!

This jump gave the cars some serious air!

Turn a cardboard box into a jump for Hot Wheels cars!

I taped the top of the rain gutter to the ledge in our play room with painter’s tape. This set up has worked really well.

Turn a cardboard box into a jump for Hot Wheels cars!

This jump has seen countless Hot Wheels cars over the past week! All of the boys love it. It’s always great to find something that everyone can enjoy doing, despite the fact that their ages range from 1 1/2 to almost 10!

Turn a cardboard box into a jump for Hot Wheels cars!

Coming soon! Screen Free Summer Ideas! Starting next week, I’ll be sharing ideas for screen-free play every day on the Frugal Fun for Boys Facebook page. In fact, I’ll be sharing two ideas each day – one geared toward preschool aged kids, and one for older kids. Be sure to follow me on Facebook if you haven’t already done so!


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  1. katepickle May 28, 2013

    This is the coolest thing ever!!!

    My my big boy is having a Lego party soon and once we've raced their lego cars I think we might have a go at this and watch them smash into loads of pieces!!!

  2. Anna - the Measured Mom May 29, 2013

    This looks like so much fun! My boys aren't huge into cars yet (ages 1,3,4) - but as they get older I'm sure they'll LOVE this ramp idea.

  3. Sam @ Thrive 360 Living May 29, 2013

    I LOVE this idea and your directions are so easy to follow. My son and husband are going to be so excited to make and use this (okay I'm going to be pretty excited too)! Pinned!

  4. Laura H May 29, 2013

    You are awesome! Just made one for my car, monster truck obsessed 3.5 year old. He loves it! Now the cowboy is strapped to a 4 wheeler. Hilarious! THANK YOU!

  5. Angela May 29, 2013

    This is such a great idea!I'm pinning it right now! For my kids I made a city with roads out of a cardboard box which was also fun, so I can't wait to test the "jump" with my energetic boy. Thank you for the idea!

  6. Liz May 29, 2013

    Another great idea!!! How fun!

  7. Karyn May 29, 2013

    This is just the coolest!!

  8. Karen May 31, 2013

    I work in Nursery School, thank you for the great ideas, the children and I love your ideas, and this one was great, everyone one wanted a turn we even had to share the cars :)

    1. Sarah May 31, 2013

      I'm glad it worked so well! Thanks for letting me know!

  9. Kelly Brady Jun 3, 2013

    Wow I have an Aidan as well who builds car ramps off everything this is now on my to do list for the weekend thanks form the UK

  10. Syndy Jun 4, 2013

    Just did this with my boys (ages 5 and almost 9). They loved it, especially the 5yo who LOVES his trucks and Hot Wheels. Thanks for posting this!

  11. Jackie Jun 8, 2013

    This looks like so much fun. My boys would love it. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Cindy deRosier Jun 14, 2013

    I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your car jump! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

    1. Sarah Jun 14, 2013

      Thank you for letting me know!

  13. L kim Dec 24, 2014

    Thank you for your idea as well as the many other ideas on your blog! I just finished a variation of your idea for a Christmas gift to a 3 yr old Hot Wheel loving boy. Now my son wants one too. Do you allow pics from commenters? I've never done it before but wanted to post pics from the variation I made.

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