The best Christmas present…?

BigSmall was desperate for a remote controlled pick-up for Christmas…

We farmed out the request to other members of the family who have not undertaken such a crazy task  to buy nothing new, and said pick-up truck was duly wodged down the chimney on Christmas Eve.

Unfortunately the battery pack didn’t work properly (hubby managed to cobble it together with blu-tack to avoid a Christmas morning meltdown) and there was no cover for the battery pack, so it had to go back to the North Pole…

It’s replacement soon arrived. In an enormous box. I thought to myself “that’s ok, it can’t really be that big inside, it must just be the packaging”…

But it wasn’t, and it was…

This thing is HUGE. A real monster truck!

Needless to say, BigSmall (and hubby) is delighted.

I was loathe to throw the box away, as it was begging to be made into something. I asked BigSmall what he wanted to make it into, and he said a fire-engine. So a fire-engine it is!

fire engine-finished1

I would like to point out the following special Make Do and Mend features…

Wheels made from sticky pads from The Scrapstore

Wheels made from sticky pads from The Scrapstore

Juice carton siren

Juice carton siren

Foil tin radiator grill

Foil tin radiator grill

It has a ladder (obviously. All fire engines need a ladder)

fire engine-ladder1

And handles for ease of ‘driving’

fire engine-handles1I am slightly concerned that it is lacking a hose though…

So, although BigSmall is chuffed to bits with his remote controlled pick-up truck, he is just as chuffed with his cardboard box fire-engine….

fire engine-standing1And it can be recycled when it has been trashed by over-excited Small people he has had enough of it!

17 thoughts on “The best Christmas present…?

  1. I think this is fabulous, they say kids can get more excited about the box than they toy, in this case I reckon they’re right. A brilliant dose of inginuity here – who says kids toys all have to be hi-tech? Well done. :o)

  2. Fab, fab, fab. As I told you when I saw this at it’s beginnings on Twitter: My children will not be shown this, it’s too brilliant!

  3. Ace! Your cardboard confection is much more visually impressive but a few years ago I made a house out of a very big but shallowish box from one of them car roof top box storage thingies. I cut in windows and a door (inc fully working letter box – a very popular feature as you can imagine) and drew on some very rudimentary window boxes etc – it was just about big enough to accommodate two preschoolers and despite much to – ing and fro – ing lasted about four months! They weren’t remotely interested in the car roof top box storage thingy, mind. TYPICAL KIDS, eh?!

    PS ta for the twitter follow…

  4. Gosh . This made me smile and made me wish my kids were young again. My daughter and I made a rather fetching cooker with a cardboard box one summer, with raised bak for dials. Fab days…

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