- Circular cream cheese box
- Plastic thing that tomatoes come in (or stocking eggs or similar)
- Popsicle sticks/short dowels
First we separated the cover from the base of the box and
cut a hole in the cover. The hole was slightly smaller than
the plastic tomato-case thingy:
Then we cut slits in the base of the box and
pushed the popsicle sticks in:
Then we roughly assembled everything (no glue)
to check that they would fit the aliens
before taking out the sticks, peeling off the label,
and painting the boxes.
While the paint was drying, we made the aliens:
We also cut strips of scrap cardboard and glued them
into rings for car seats. These had to fits smugly but
not too tightly around the aliens so they wouldn't
topple while the flying saucers were in motion:
When the paint on the boxes were dry, we glued the
plastic tomato-case thingies over the hole to make cockpits:
One of these plastic covers was too low for the alien,
so we raised it with little squares of cardboard
around the rim of the hole:
Then we stuck the popsicle sticks back into
the slits and glued them in place.
Mom Alien's flying saucer was the family vehicle -
we popped the lid back on the box and
she was ready to go shopping.
Dad Alien's spacecraft was more sports-car-ish -
a snazzy little one-seater that took him to work each morning.
Later we got out our little box of circuit gizmos and added
some LED headlamps that the kids could turn on and
off with a press-switch in the back.
Just for fun, we added another LED inside the flying
saucer itself (husband's idea) to light up the cockpit.
If I had more of those little button batteries like I
used for the headlamps, I'd have made this light a
permanent feature, but it was powered with clunky
AA batteries -very unaerodynamic. So out it came.
A very lovely, normal, civilized alien family.
Quite unlike those other bloodthirsty savages
we met some time back.