We made this toy car racetrack years ago, for a sponsored post, but I had to dig up our old plans because this thing is still in our yard, and I can’t wait for Rider to play with it. I remember having such fun putting this together for the kids. Des went through a pretty serious toy car obsession. Scarlet had it to some degree as well, but nothing like Des. I remember having it when I was a kid, so I loved building the racetrack for a similarly obsessed kid. I don’t know what Rider will love, but we go for daily walks down the driveway to the garden, and he always seems super fascinated by cars and trucks going by. So maybe he will enjoy our little wonderland as well!
It’s always 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 used to 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. As the kids have gotten older, the projects have gotten more sophisticated. Our new little one will be so lucky to explore.
How to Make a Toy Car Racetrack in Your Yard:
What You Need:
Common garden tools
What You Do:
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.
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.
Here’s where it starts to get fun!
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, 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. And 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.