Last year around this time, I was browsing through the kids category on iTunes and my oldest little happened to see the icon for the movie "Cars" flash by. "I want the MCQUEEN movie!" He screamed. I was kind of confused because I was so sure that we've owned that movie for years now, I said "Don't we have that already?" I of course, had to go into our purchased movies to prove to our then 4 year old that I was right, only to find that I was SO wrong. He owns "Cars 2" but not the first movie that was the cause of his obsession with Lightening McQueen for about a year and a half after he turned two. Therefore I bought it (I swore we had it all along) and this started his FULL ON obsession once more.
A few days later when we went to look for Valentines' that he could give his friends in class during their Valentine's Day Party he said "I want MCQUEEN Valentine's mom!!". We looked and looked through all the isles but since the super cool car movie hasn't released any new releases recently (until the one coming this summer! Stay tuned loves!!) there were none to be found. I REALLY didn't want to go from store to store and he insisted on being present and hadpicking them himself, so ordering online was out of the question. Therefore, I had to get creative with a good compromise.
We found some "Cars" themed Valentine's stickers and he is also a fan of Hot Wheels cars (raise your hand if your kid has TONS of these tiny things lying around, waiting for you to trip over 🙋🏻) so then it clicked: Hot Wheels Valentines + Cars stickers to seal them! I had seen something on Pinterest where the Mama's / Daddy's did just that and I knew I had supplies stocked to make them easily, so I decided to make our own version of this apparently popular idea.
Me: "Hey! Why don't you help me pick our a Hot Wheels car for each of your friends, and we can make a small road to tie them to, add some candy, put them into a bag and seal them with your McQueen stickers, yeah?!"
Connor: "YES MOM THAT'S SO COOL!!!!!"
Cue the car noises and squealing as he goes into full "McQueen" mode and "drives" off en route to the toy isle. I'm feeling SO proud of myself as I run after him, I mean come on! After that reaction? I HAVE to make these with him! After all, how long is he going to think I'm SO right and SO cool?! Gotta take it while I can right?
I did like this Hot Wheels inspired printable that I found on Pinterest, so I printed some out on card stock and gathered all the rest of the materials I thought would make this project come together. We then got to work and we honestly had SUCH a fun time doing it, I'm so glad we decided to go this route!
// All packed up in a CARS bag of course!
// Ready for delivery! 📬
These were SO fun to make and it made our oldest little man so proud to hand them out + it's another memory for our memory book which I love! Have fun making these, they could be used for so many things: party invites, party favors, or Valentine's day coming up before you know it. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
* it's netflix time! *