DIY Pool Noodle Racetrack For Toy Cars

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This week I discovered on one rainy, and almost stormy day, that you can make a toy car racetrack out of pool noodles. They can look as professional or as kid-created as you want, depending on how active the kids are in the process. Scarlet wanted to make her own signs and flags (or help her little brother) as well as help with every aspect of this fun party trick.

Make this easy DIY Pool Noodle Racetrack for toy cars. It's so easy, and incredibly fun, and you probably have what you need right at home!

My kids’ toy car obsession isn’t going anywhere, and if anything, is growing stronger. Scarlet picked up the same love for toy cars this year which is a main reason we made them a garden racetrack back in March. It’s still active in the yard!

Make this easy DIY Pool Noodle Racetrack for toy cars. It's so easy, and incredibly fun, and you probably have what you need right at home!

I know this sounds funny, but we probably always have spare pool noodles lying around the house. Personally, I would love to use red ones, but my kids picked out pink and blue for the racetracks. You’ll need just a few things from around the house:

DIY Pool Noodle Racetrack For Toy Cars:

What You Need:

Pool noodles, of course
A serrated knife, or razor
Toothpicks
Paper and markers
Tweezers or pliers
Cars, of course
Stickers for decoration
A box, chair, wall, etc.

(Once you prop them off the ground, they zoom pretty fast!)

Des’ fourth birthday is Monday. I can’t believe it! I want to smile and sob at the same time. So, I wanted to make an activity that would entertain him and friends, but also get Scarlet in on the craft and execution part of it.

Make this easy DIY Pool Noodle Racetrack for toy cars. It's so easy, and incredibly fun, and you probably have what you need right at home!

What You Do:

1 – First we got two pool noodles (or however many you want). I was looking for ones with a large diameter to make a “road” wide enough for the cars. Then I fell in love with pool noodles with smaller diameters. So it requires an extra cutting step:

2 – Cut the noodles in half. We also used the razor to cut a “road” wide enough for cars. This did not slow them down!

Make this easy DIY Pool Noodle Racetrack for toy cars. It's so easy, and incredibly fun, and you probably have what you need right at home!

3 – Lay the four pieces down side by side, and connect them with toothpicks. You may need to use them all the way down.

4 – It’s decoration time! Clearly, I let my kids decide this part but you can easily create graphics or printables for “Start” and “Finish” lines on a computer, rather than hand-drawn. You can make flags with construction paper and toothpicks!

5 – Prop your “track” up on a chair, wall, table, box, etc. The higher the prop, the faster the cars zoom down. We have races!

And that’s it! They are waterproof too!

So, have you ever made a DIY Pool Noodle racetrack?

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55 Comments

  1. You are brilliant and now I want to do this on my back porch. How fun! I think all of the kiddos would want to play and that is saying something around here 🙂 Hallelujah and thank heavens for Advil!

    1. ha! I have this vision of you doing it alone, and playing with the racetrack too, when the kids aren’t around.
      … because I did that.. maybe.. yesterday.

  2. What an awesome idea! Now I just knew it had to be a Tamara and Cassidy thing. You guys come up with some of the coolest things, why have I never thought of this before? Going to do this the next time I pick up some noodles. 🙂

    1. I agree! My kids asked if they could take it in the bath, and I couldn’t see why not. Except for maybe space issues in there! The pool would be better.

  3. Oh, so cute!! I love this idea. I think my daughter might have even liked it better than my son when they were little. (She was the one with the Hot Wheels car wash.)

  4. Happy, happy birthday to Des! These race tracks are so much fun. I could definitely see having them at a birthday party as a ‘calm’ activity. Also, Advil was a life-saver for me after all my c-sections. Couldn’t do without out it!

  5. What a great idea for little ones and inexpensive! I always need to grab an Advil after “real” car races! LOL! So loud!

  6. This is such a great idea! My boys went through a phase where they loved all things Cars and that’s pretty much all they played with. They still play them now- even at 6 and 8 years old!

  7. I wish you explained in more detail how you cut the noodles wide enough for the tracks. That would have really helped I’m trying different ideas to make them all uniform how yours look, cause I have the small noodles.

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