We have been using plastic rain gutters as ramps for Hot Wheels cars for a while, and Aidan decided that he really wanted to build some type of launcher that would send cars spending down (or up!) the ramp.  Dad helped him come up with a simple design using two bolts, two nuts, and a long rubber band.

Build a Launcher for Hot Wheels Cars

Building the launcher is simple.  Drill a hole in each side of the rain gutter.  Insert the bolts.  Before tightening on the nuts, loop the rubber band around each bolt.  The bolt will hold the rubber band in place and keep it from slipping off.

Build a Launcher for Hot Wheels Cars

Learning to launch cars takes a little practice, but Aidan and Gresham (ages 10 and 7) are both able to do it.  Owen (4) is a little too young for this one.

Build a Launcher for Hot Wheels Cars

Aidan has been busy designing all kinds of tracks using the launcher!  He discovered that he could launch cars with enough speed to get them to turn upside down in this cardboard tube that he found in our garage.

Build a Launcher for Hot Wheels Cars

Build a Launcher for Hot Wheels Cars

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  1. michelle Jan 5, 2014

    brilliant! can't believe the money i've spent on hot wheels ramps and contraptions that never work. we are definitely doing this. found you through pinterest love your site and all your great ideas x

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    1. Sharon Jan 9, 2014

      Wow! I do so love this. I really wish I could "pin" it!

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      1. Sharon Jan 9, 2014

        That's so odd. I WAS able to pin it :)

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        1. Emma Jan 10, 2014

          This is the coolest thing! My daughter is almost 5 and would LOVE this! Pinning :)

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          1. Laura Jan 11, 2014

            So happy I stumbled upon this! My son's soon turning 3 and started his Hot Wheels collection sometime back... we kept reading about the mixed reviews on Hot Wheels launchers and tracks but this is brilliant and so cheap!

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