Sunday, July 20, 2014

DIY Toys - Doc McStuffins Doc-mobile

If you have a Doc McStuffins fan in the house, this is a must have for your little toy doctor. And if not, it's still an adorable little mobile clinic for all your pretend doctors and veterinarians! Little C had a spontaneous need for a Doc-mobile so I had to try and do it as fast as I could but I would like to replace the Tinkertoy wheels and pull handle with something permanent. I will add details for those when I do it. But for now, here's what I used to build the Doc-mobile.
  • Sturdy cardboard box - I used the box from a 4-pack of gallon zip storage bags, probably about 12"x6"x6"
  • Tinkertoys
  • 3/4" ribbon
  • Adhesive-backed Velcro
  • X-acto knife & scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Purple acrylic paint
  • Glitter
  • Doc McStuffins stickers we had lying around
Painting/decorating was the last thing we did since I wanted Little C to have something to play with as soon as possible. If you have the option, I recommend painting first!

First I used the screwdriver to poke holes on the sides of the box through which to push the rods that hold the wheels.  Then I poked a hole at the front for the pull handle. There's a yellow circle piece (like those used for the wheels) on the inside of the box to which the red flexible rod attaches.

Next, I had to make seats for Little C's friends. I cut rectangular flaps using the x-acto knife on either side of the box which would be used for seats. I cut a little notch at the top of the flap so Little C could easily pull the seat open when it was pushed closed. Above the flaps I cut 3 vertical slits (left, middle, right) for the seatbelts. I pushed lengths of ribbon through the slits and affixed Velcro pieces to either end so Little C could buckle her friends in. This left us with 4 seats, but Little C requested seats for the entire Mickey Mouse Clubhouse gang.

She wanted the last 2 seats on the back but that would have left Pluto sitting upright in an awkward position so I put them on the top. I cut another flap and stuck the ribbon for Goofy's seatbelt through it. It's a little hard to see, but Pluto's seatbelt comes up from underneath him, pushed through the top of the box.

Now, to hold all Little C's doctor tools, I cut a large flap at the front of the box above the pull handle. I put a little piece of Velcro on the end so it would stay closed. As you can see there is plenty of room for anything a little doctor would need!

Add some paint, decorations and friends and we're off to find toys - or people - in need of a doctor! If you make your own Doc-mobile we'd love to hear about it and see pictures!


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