Hot Wheels are a lot of fun to race around and collect. These awesome little toys have been a hit with kids for decades so of course we are going to bury some in an excavation to add to the excitement. In this quick tutorial, we are going to show you how to make a super easy and inexpensive Hot Wheels Discover Dig. Dive into the closest toy box and you are sure to find a few of these fun little cars buried down in the bottom that you can use to make this fun excavation activity. 
Fun facts: There are more Hot Wheels toy cars in the world today than real cars. The first Hot Wheels were created in 1968 and since then over four billion of these tiny little awesome cars have been produced.
  • Sand
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups
  • Excavation tools. Wooden dowels and other blunt instruments work well. Sharp tools are unsafe and not necessary as the excavations are reasonably brittle and excavate easily. 
  • Safety goggles
  • Small brush
  • Hot Wheels  
  • Container - Any plastic container will do. 

Pro tip: Provide a container of water and an old toothbrush and encourage your excavating adventurer to have a car wash. You may also want to have some sections of Hot Wheels track available to add a little extra fun. 


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  1. Put one cup of sand in your mixing bowl.
  2. Add one-third cup Plaster of Paris.
  3. Use the wooden spoon to mix the sand and Plaster of Paris.
  4. Add one-third cup of water and mix.
  5. Keep adding small amounts of water until you reach a pancake like batter consistency. 
  6. Add the Hot Wheels to the container.
  7. Pour a layer of the mixture into the container to cover the cars.
  8. Gently tap the sides of the container to remove any air bubbles. This will also allow a little mixture under the cars.
  9. Optional - Push some Hot Wheels into the excavation as it thickens leaving parts exposed and sticking up. 
  10. Set the Hot Wheels Discovery Dig in a safe location to dry undisturbed overnight. I like to put the excavation in front of a fan.

Pro tip: Have some Hot Wheels monster trucks available or even include them in the excavation. The Hot Wheels Discovery Dig will produce enough sand and debris for the monster trucks race and roll through. 

Now the Hot Wheels Discovery Dig is ready to be enjoyed. Find an area that is easy to clean up, distribute the safety goggles and excavation tools, and let the excavating begin. 

I hope you enjoyed this super quick tutorial and enjoy making the Hot Wheels Discovery Dig. These excavations are very easy to make, inexpensive, and a lot of fun!
Pro tip: Use this activity to create some excitement around discussions or lessons regarding automobiles, motion, and engines. 
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