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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

A Wheely Fun Car-Making Event!

Last month a special guest from the Cotsen Children’s Library of Princeton University came to host a special event for our Art Studio guests. Dana Sheridan, the Education and Outreach Coodinator, loaded her car full of supplies and tools and drove to The Carle for an exciting afternoon making Cars and Trucks and Things That Go! You might also recognize that as the title one of Richard Scarry’s books (Golden Books, 1998).

Dana and her colleague, Katie, first hosted this event at Cotsen Children’s Library, a very special library within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University, and this year’s Carle Honors Angel honoree.  

As each guest arrived to the Art Studio they stopped at a welcome table to choose either long, flattish white cardboard box (dragster!) or a taller one (truck!) with axles and wheels already attached.  All the details about kinds of boxes/wheel assembly parts/where to get/how to attach are spelled out in Dana’s original post over at Pop Goes The Page, so go take a look!

Guests shopped at our materials table for all kinds of stuff to trick out their vehicle. We had out everything from plastic eggs to paper drinking fountain cones, to chenille stems, to leftover party decorations, to stuff from the recycling bin, and even little animal finger puppets that made great drivers.

After selecting materials, guests worked and families collaborated at worktables that were stocked with clear and colored masking tape, markers and scissors. We also had a few hot glue stations set up for the connections that needed serious treatment.

After guests completed their construction phase, it was time to drive the test track! Dana brought beautifully crafted ramps made especially for the event at Cotsen Children’s library. Some guests raced their cars against each other and others decided to make a few adjustments to their designs after testing them out.

As an additional activity, guests could also search for the 5 paper Goldbug cutouts hidden in our orchard. When they found the five and deciphered the code, they recieved a fun little paper finish flag for their car.

Our guests had such a fun time selecting from the plethora of colorful supplies and creating together, but I could definitely see an equal amount of fun happening with a more modest buffet of supplies. Inspired by all the fun, I took a couple of dragster starter sets home and made cars with my kids (2.5 and 4) with just markers and what we had in our recycling bin for quite a while.

Thanks again to Dana and Cotsen Children’s Library for making such a fun event possible!



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 


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