No would could ever say we don’t love garden creations. I’ve seen Cassidy and Scarlet whip up fairy gardens, tulip patches, and garden castles – as if it’s nothing. Some people are just born to work and play outside. As much as possible.
It’s given us such great joy – these acres of New England garden, lawn and winding driveway. I love that I live with a creative husband, and that we’re raising our kids to breathe in the fresh air often. I love watching my kids imagine, dream, and plan. Every year we do at least something of a fruit/vegetable garden, and we plants trees, flowers and herbs. Cassidy and Scarlet also build up a new fairy garden every spring, after dismantling the previous year’s one and salvaging the items that made it through the long winter. Now that Des is three, I decided I wanted to build him a garden racetrack for his toy cars & trucks.
I had looked on Google for ideas, but had found mostly cardboard projects that wouldn’t survive our rain and snow, as well as complicated racetracks that could take weeks to build. We needed a family project! We needed to work together for this:
DIY Racetrack For Your Yard or Garden:
What You Need:
Step 1 – Go to a hardware store and get what you’ll need! We have a lot of garden tools as is, as well as toy cars and decorations (which would not be at a hardware store, probably) but we picked out the bricks of our choosing.
What You Do:
Step 2 – Find level ground in your yard, if possible. This will make the job easier! Rake, if needed.
Step 3 – Arrange the bricks how you will want the racetrack to look.
Step 4 – Use a trowel to trace and mark the exact path you want your racetrack to take. Then remove the bricks.
Step 5 – Use that same trowel to dig up the earth where you want the bricks to lie. You could just put them on top of the grass and it would still be a functioning racetrack, but Cassidy did this awesome job instead.
Step 6 – Place the bricks in the freshly dug-up earth and build your track!
Step 7 – Find forest fix-ins. The sky is the limit here. We had decorative tree rounds so Cassidy did the same tracing/carving job with the trowel so that the tree round would be sunken into the earth like the track.
Step 8 – The kids also found a “tree” as well as pine cones for mini trees, and rocks.
Step 9 – Time to paint the track to look like a road! You can make stencils to use as spray paint templates. You can Google how to do that easily. Also, you can make special stencils for the corner lines of the paint on the track.
Step 10 – Decorate with toys! The sky is the limit. Cassidy thought a “finish line” would be cool. The kids brought out cars and trucks, buses and VW bugs, and… plastic Easter eggs. Like I said, let them go nuts.