One of the projects Kiddo and I worked on from the activity book Made to Play! was the rubber band race car. We took some time to build them during New Kid's nap. I made one for New Kid and it worked wonders at dispelling his post-nap crankies.
All you need are a few household items (plus tape, which I forgot for the photo. You can click on the photo below to read instructions.*
This was a great project for Kiddo because, unlike many nearly 7-year-old boys, he does not have a tendency towards spontaneous creative explorations of the construction-type. You rarely see many block creations around our house, for example (except for a few bridges and tunnels). He does, however, really like instructions -- as long as his mom is not the one giving them!
This project provided a way for him to utilize a different part of his brain and to do a bit of three dimensional problem solving. For example, we found we had used too-thin cardboard and needed to reinforce our launching garage with extra board so that it didn't bend during take-off.
The boys loved them! They provided entertainment for the entire evening. Much better than video games, don't you think?
* "Page from MADE TO PLAY! by Joel Henriques, (c) 2011. Published by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston."
Disclaimer: As I said in an earlier post, I received this book from the publisher, but was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.