This year is the 8th international Toyota Dream Car competition so if you can think up the coolest futuristic car you can, draw or paint it, then you could be off to the 8th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest world final in Japan next year. In addition to this Toyota are offering Mumsnetters and their LOs an additional chance to enter.
Here's what Toyota say: "Here at Toyota were always thinking ahead, wondering what the cars of the future will look like. It takes a lot of imagination to think of new designs, so weve decided to ask the people who might one day be driving those cars."
The competition is split into three categories: - Under eights - 8 - 11 year olds - 12 - 15 year olds It would be great to get as many children involved so don't forget to tell their friends or even the teachers!
What you need to do? Simply get your DCs to paint or draw their dream car and give it a cool background so we can imagine what this will look like on the road. Or in the sky or even underground.....Don't use a computer to do it .. as that's cheating! And the paper you use must be A3 in size. Full T&Cs here
How do you send in entries? Download the entry form here - Then post your design to Mumsnet (full address on T&Cs) Please make sure all entries are signed by parent or guardian too.
How long do I have to enter? MN competition closes on 16th December and our very own CarrieMumsnet will choose the top design from each age category. The three winners will each receive a £250 Amazon voucher. All entries will then be sent to Toyota (GB) PLC and entered into the UK competition which closes on 24th January and followed by awards ceremony on 19th February 2014. If your DC entry makes if into the final of the UK competition this will be entered into the the worldwide contest and you never know the whole family could be jetting of to Japan for the final prize giving next summer.
Also, we'd love to see your creations on this thread too - post a pic of your LOs creation or just describe the features they'd like to see in a car of the future on this thread - £50 Love2shop voucher for one person who posts on this thread.
It's a bit sick when car manufacturers use children to advertise cars when, from memory, a couple of thousand children are killed or seriously injured by them each year in the UK.
Not to mention the catastrophic effects that the prioritisation of personal car usage over ALL other modes of transport in this country over decades has had on children's freedoms and the environments they live in.
I asked my son to draw a magical car and he drew a whole house on wheels - a pretty good idea I thought! Go on holiday without packing or paying for a hotel for a start. In his painting his car in in space (sun and planets) so even astronauts can travel in comfort
My Dd is busy drawing as I type. She wants her car made of marshmallow, (I think she'd rather like the whole world to be made of marshmallow) She said it would be super comfy, stop you getting hurt in an accident and if you got hungry you could have a nibble, apparently it grows back. It also has a big spring and bounces along rather than wheels, you tell it your destination and it bounces along high into the sky only touching ground at special landing spots, this means it'll be safer for pedestrians too.
If it's anything like the bus where the wheels go round and round and the horn goes beep beep beep on his nose etc, my LO will be happy!!! He's 13 months so can't quite draw a car so I'll leave this one for all the other Mumsnetters out there! :D
Entered my DS's picture today... Would like to add a photo here too; can I do it from my phone?! DS is 6 and has designed a hippy dippy peace n love-esque car covered in hearts, flowers, stars and leaves. not so much into Superheroes
YD would like a car that grows and stretches to go over other cars so we never get stuck in traffic. She also wants pillows (I think she missed the high back booster seat) for napping on long journeys. Oh, and apparently it needs to have those chairs that turn into beds in the back like in business class on planes and be blue. No specific blue, just any blue will do, with big headlights and eyelashes like a disney car.
We have some naice drawings of the Icing Splater Car, which distributes icing while whizzing between jelly and cake, and the DreamCatcher, made out of rainbows, which flies around the world in an hour, distributing pleasant dreams.
Can't seem to upload them onto this thread though.
MmeCinqAnneauxDor and others re uploading images: below the add your message box is 3 lines for Choose File - and adding an image. See here for an image I added....(of my DD when she was very little, with a big leaf!!)