Ladies and Gentleman wind your engines!

Many times at family gatherings  a bunch of adults are sitting around talking  leaving the kids aching for constructive entertainment at Grandmas. If the Grandma in your life is anything like our GG and Granny, she’s sure to have these ART STOP supplies in her arsenal! This is also an easy one to pack in a suitcase if your’re traveling. Cousins have fun building, decorating and racing them together and often times an uncle or two can’t resist getting in on the action.

An empty thread spool.
(wood is preferable though plastic will work too)

2 wooden matches
1 bobby pin
1 rubberband 
a knife for cutting notches

On your wooden spool. Cut notches about one centimeter apart.

Score first with a knife. Space them evenly.

Cut the head off of your matchstick #1

Take your rubber band and attach the bobby pin to it.

Slide the bobby pin through the spool hole and attach the match stick on the opposite end.

Grab Match stick #2 and cut so it is slightly smaller than the diameter of the spool. Remove the bobby pin form the rubber band and slide the match stick through. If your rubber band is too large, tie a know and reattach to one of the matchsticks.

To start the Spool Racer, wind the larger match stick about 15 to 30 times. Now let it go… the race is on!


Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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