I planned my first Drive-In Movie this summer. I don't know who to thank for the original idea but it sure is a keeper. I gathered boxes and supplies for 30 preschool age children. On the table pictured below you can see decorations : license plates, flames, bumpers, racing stripes, lightening bolts, bumper stickers, steering wheels, wheels, and two kinds of gauges. We made headlights out of silver metallic cupcake papers; they are on the table too but it looks like a white circle from above. The children also had crayons, glue sticks and brass fasteners so the steering wheels could actually turn when attached to the boxes. Our 30 cardboard boxes were gathered from cataloging, so thank you Baker & Taylor for the supplies.
With the supplies set out, we had the movie collection Mater's Tall Tales ready to play on the big screen. Before the movie the children selected their box and supplies. They set to decorating which took about 15 minutes. After which we dimmed the lights and started the movie. The movie was about 30 minutes so the whole program took about 45 minutes; which for preschool kids was plenty long.
The only negatives to the program were we had a lot of very specific supplies left over that I don't know for sure how to reuse. Also the movie skipped badly at the end and eventually froze. I would definitely prewatch the movie to try and avoid this for next time. In the future I would love to repeat this program where the kids can make fire engines, police cars and other specifically vehicles.