When my son wanted a race car birthday, I knew I needed to figure out some sort of ‘racing’ activity. Sure, the kids could race, but they’ll just do that in the yard anyway. How about a track?! Suddenly I realized I could make something really simple with things I mostly had around the house. If you want to check out the rest of the birthday, you can see it here. And, you can get the party plan here.
I had a few extra pieces of plywood from a shelf building project I did a while back, and they seemed the perfect size for an inclined race track. With that in mind, I started considering ways to make dividers on the board so the cars would stay in their lanes (can you imagine a bunch of preschoolers not able to find their cars? No good). A quick trip to the hardware store and I had my answer – self-sticking vinyl foam weatherseal. This provides the perfect little ledge to keep the cars in their lane…and is so dang easy to apply since it has adhesive on one side…brilliant (if I do say so myself!)
What you need:
- plywood boards (I used 4×2 feet) – most home stores will cut sheets to size if you don’t hoard scraps of wood like I do.
- self-sticking vinyl foam weatherseal (I used this)
- black spray paint
- tape measure or ruler – for keeping those lanes as even as possible
- white paint pen
First, put the foam window stripping along the two sides (long way, people, you need some space to race). That keeps the cars on the track. Then measure out six lanes and mark along the top and bottom of the board. To keep it as brainless as possible I marked the center point first, and then broke each half into thirds. Voila, six lanes.
Once you have all your lanes divided, spray the whole thing black. I needed a few coats, but it went on really easily and didn’t take much effort.
Prop one end up (we used a few bricks, which gave enough traction, keeping it from slipping down and smooshing little toes), and you’re ready to race on your new DIY Race Track! I decorated with a checkered flag, which I think is a nice touch too.