Make Your Own Turbo Zip Line

Make Your Own Turbo Zip Line

Turbo Movie

Ryan and I went to go see the new movie Turbo last week. Not only did it get fantastic ratings from my four-year-old critic, but I enjoyed it, too! We enjoyed tons of laughs from the dynamics of the adorable, outlandish little snails. Throughout the movie, messages of “follow your dreams” and “never give up” had us rooting for the underdog, Turbo.

turbo quote

Hey Mom, Can We Race My Snails?

Ryan has been the proud owners of two snails, Gary and Snail Bob. They have provided some great entertainment in his fish tank for the last several months (laying snail eggs, crawling on Hulk’s face, giving each other piggy-back-rides). When we got home, Ryan was inspired to want to race his own snails.

“Can we just take the snails out of the tank and let them race on floor?”

“ . ….Ummm…. No. But, I have another idea….”

turbo hulk

Make Your Own Turbo Zip Line

There’s a really cute part in the movie where Turbo’s new found friends show their ingenuity by strapping on homemade contraptions and zip-lining down a telephone wire for a race to the finish. We recreated the scene by combining a balloon rocket and homemade snail. It was a ton of fun and Ryan’s been carrying around the snails we made since then.

Snail Materials

  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Markers

turbo 1

Snail Directions

  • Cut a skinny strip of paper, lengthwise to begin.
  • Cut a 3 inch piece of pipe cleaner, bend it in half and poke the ends through the paper (about 2 inches from the end.)
  • Curl that end of the over and attach with tape (or glue)
  • Wrap the other end around a pencil (to keep it from uncurling, tape or glue the bottom sections together).

snail instructions

  • Give your snails some personality with some eyes and a face!

turbo snail craft

Balloon Rocket Materials

  • String
  • Balloons
  • Straws
  • Clothespins
  • Pipe Cleaners

Balloon Rockets Directions

  • Find a good pot to set of your zip lines. Both ends should be attached to something sturdy in a low traffic area (so no one runs into the strings).
  • TIE one end and attach the other end with the clothespin.
  • On the loose end, you can make a “needle” out of pipe cleaner so that you can insert the string easily through the straw.

turbo 1.5

  • Blow up your balloon and clap it with the clothespin. Tape a small piece of straw towards the back of the balloon.

turbo 1.4

  • Feed the zip line string through the straw on the balloon.

turbo 1.9

  • Attach Turbo to the top.

turbo 1.91

  • Gentlemen, start your engines! On your mark, get set, GO!! Unclasp the clothespin and the balloon will propel Turbo down the zip line!

 turbo 1.8{ watch the video on YouTube! }


  1. COLLEEN August 15, 2013 at 3:33 am

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    • Sara August 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Colleen! We had a lot of fun with it :) The movie is super cute, too

  2. Kate December 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Incredible idea! My kids will definitely like it!
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  3. Amy May 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Wicked cute idea! How in the world did you get the googly eyes to stick to the pipe cleaner?

    • Sara June 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      I love to use tacky glue… it makes anything stick to everything! :)

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