Use paint, washi tape, vinyl or markers to decorate your spools as desired. Be sure not to cover up the top or edges of the spool.
First, hook the paper clip onto the end of the rubber band. Next, using the paper clip as though it were a sewing needle, thread the paper clip/rubber band through the middle of the spool, taking care to prevent the other end of the rubber band from pulling all the way through.
Situate the paperclip as shown.
Tape into place.
Flip the spool over and thread the tail of the rubber band into the middle of a washer.
Thread a dowel through the loop. Your rubber band should be snug, to hold the dowel into place. If it's not, you may tie a knot into the rubber band.
You can create a race track using washi tape, a piece of foam core board and a marker — as shown. To make the car move, simply spin the dowel until the rubber band is wound tight, set on its side and let it go. The rubber band will unwind, spinning the paper clip that is taped to the end of the spool — causing the spool to spin and thereby power the car. The car goes faster the tighter you wind the dowel. (The dowel will not spin.)
This simple project will provide hours and hours of fun for everyone. Make the race track, gather the simple supplies and have a fun car race at your next family gathering.
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