A Pinewood Derby Birthday Party – for this cars themed birthday activity these pre-shaped wedge kits were decorated by 3 and 4 year old kids! They were provided with a table to choose from a while variety of foam stickers, felt tipped pens and sharpie markers!
With the help of adults they had wheels added to their blocks, and then they got to race them along a track with their friends 🙂
Best of all, they got to take their car home as a memento, along with a piece of cake, a helium balloon and their party bag!
Pupils starting school this year with Primary 1 classes at Cramond Primary School in Edinburgh were invited to participate in a Pinewood Derby! A great opportunity for the young people to show off their creativity and craft skills, building their own car to race with their new friends 🙂
For adults coming along to support their child there was also the chance to meet other parents, some new to the school and others with experience of having older children at the school. Perhaps also comparing notes with other dads, grandparents and siblings who might have been involved in building the cars for the race!
There was a wide range of car designs, with Batman, The Flying Scotsman and “Cars” film characters being represented, as well as Thunderbird 2. Trophies were awarded to the top 3 racers that made it into the final, and there were 2 design awards up for grabs. For almost all of the participants this was the first time they had ever seen a Pinewood Derby, let alone taken part. This was the third Pinewood Derby fundraising / social event organised and run by the Cramond Parents & Staff Council, and we’re looking forward to the next one already!
People always respond better to requests for money when they get something in return! Running an charity fundraising event, like a Pinewood Derby, that involves people is a lot of fun, and participation means that you are more likely to attract an audience…
If you charge Pinewood Derby participants a ‘race entry fee’, or advertise the cost of a car kit, then you can cover some of the cost of your event, or begin to raise funds to support a project, purchase of equipment, or whatever.
In the first phase of our experience with this aspect of Pinewood Derby, in the context of a Scout Group, this meant that we were able to cover the cost of building our track!