Yesterday afternoon and this morning Reuben, Joshua and I have been making a “nee naw car” from the box that Isaac’s new Baby Jogger City Classic pushchair arrived in. Here is the almost-finished article.
The car was made from a Baby Jogger City Classic pushchair box, painted with Wickes one coat matt emulsion “Victorian Red” (the same colour as our kitchen and dining room).
The word “FIRE” was cut out from a roll of big labels (a little larger than A5) that we bought at the Borders Scrap Store in Selkirk years ago. As were the lights and radiator.
The ladder was made from cardboard from the box.
The wheels were made using Microsoft Publisher 2010 and coloured in by Reuben and Joshua. The Pontypandy Fire and Rescue Service badge was sourced on the Web and printed out on our laser printer. I was going to draw it but was being climbed on at the time.
Close-up of front
Close-up of the front of the new, homemade Nee Naw Car (featuring Fireman Sam and Firefighters Reuben and Joshua).
The blue flashing light is made from a Robinson’s Fruit and Barley bottle cut off at the bottom and stuffed with blue tissue paper, with black gaffa tape at the bottom to cover the jagged plastic from my hacking attempt at cleanly cutting it off with a pair of kitchen scissors.
The number plate is “RJ 999” for Reuben and Joshua. The radiator and headlights were also coloured-in by Reuben and Joshua.
Improvements to be made based mostly on consumer feedback and rigorous user-testing:
Strengthen area beneath windscreen as Reuben and Joshua hang on to it to climb in and out.
Add a second steering wheel (to stop the fights about who is driving).
Improve the inside of the windscreen / dashboard.
Add silver gaffa tape… not necessarily an improvement, more a request from Reuben and Joshua.
En route to Ninewells hospital yesterday for Jane’s pre-Caesarean section tests we stopped off at the riverside Tesco in Dundee so that Jane could grab something to eat.
We found a parent and child parking space, right in front of a Bob the Builder, Pilchard and Scoop kiddies’ ride. Of course, Reuben and Joshua wanted to get out and meet Bob and Scoop, up close and personal.
They loved it. Gave each other a go driving, and then got back into the car when mummy and daddy told them to.
What wonderful children!
And then they screamed for about 30 minutes while I drove around Dundee trying to encourage them to sleep in the car while Jane had her appointment at the hospital.