Last month, we had the AWANA Grand Prix and it was such a blast! If you have kids involved with Boy Scouts then you already know about pine derby cars. Our family hadn't ever done anything like this before. We had so much fun! Our three oldest got car kits that included a block of wood and their wheels and axles. They set right to work designing their cars. They drew the shape that they wanted it to be on the block of wood and Dave used a saw and belt sander to help shape it for them. (No little people on gnarly power tools!)
|Dave and boy RiceCakes working on a car!|
The rest of the work, they did completely on their own... sand paper, painting, decals, etc.
|Jack is a serious sander!|
Matthew made a replica of Finn McMissile... his favorite car from Cars 2! He has a die cast car that he used as a model to make him. He even custom mixed paint colors to get it exactly the right shade of blue!
|He did 90% of the work himself... including the Union Jack flags on the hoods!|
|Abi is WAY proud of her vehicular masterpiece!|
Jack and Joshua shared a car MOSTLY because Joshy has the attention span of a typical 5 year old! :) Jack was WAY into designing the car. He picked a shape that he thought would be really fast and worked on it for a long time. Joshua's ONLY stipulation was that it "be red."
|Morning of the races... these two were stoked! Check out those racing stripes!|
|The track looks like this... A big hill and a straight away with 4 lanes!|
|Check out the staging area for all the cars! |
These cars were all built by kids.
There was a whole other division for grown ups and teenagers!
We didn't have the fastest cars but, everyone came home with ribbons! And Matthew won a trophy... the Commander's Choice Award... for having built a really cool car primarily by himself!
|Jack won a ribbon for the Straightest Axles!|
Matthew wont a ribbon for the Best Disney Car along with his trophy!
Abi won a ribbon for the Best Military Vehicle!
Our kids can't wait to go to the AWANA Grand Prix next year!