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Posted in   Foundation & Prep, Play, Play Spaces, Preschool, Small World Play, Toddlers   on  March 26, 2019

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll know that my husband and I love a good DIY project! He’s been wanting to make some DIY road blocks for such a long time now…so last week he got to work!

Read about our DIY road for our hot wheels! Learn how to create a fun car race track for your little boys and girls with cheap and affordable materials. Your toddler, preschool and kindergarten kids will love this simple pretend play idea for imaginative play! See how we set up a track with signs for our race cars and matchbox cars with our simple, easy playtime DIY!

He went off to Bunnings with our son and they grabbed three pieces of 1.2m long standard pine sheeting. With a matchbox car in his pocket for scale, he decided on the sheeting that was 89mm wide and 19mm thick. We already had some dark grey paint leftover from our Cubby Hack and had all the tools we needed as well. So this hack cost us a grand total of $14.70!

My husband used the following items for this DIY Road hack!

  • 1.2m Pine Sheeting at 89mm wide
  • White paint
  • Colourbond ‘Monument’ grey paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Circular saw (normal saw works fine too)
  • Mitre square or measuring tape
Read about our DIY road for our hot wheels! Learn how to create a fun car race track for your little boys and girls with cheap and affordable materials. Your toddler, preschool and kindergarten kids will love this simple pretend play idea for imaginative play! See how we set up a track with signs for our race cars and matchbox cars with our simple, easy playtime DIY!

First my husband cut the pine sheeting down into three even lengths of approximately 40cm so that we ended up with 9 pieces of timber for the roads.

Next, he gave the ends a quick sand with sandpaper and then added the first coat of grey paint. My husband ended up doing two coats of grey on each side of the timber roads.

Once dry, he used a thick paintbrush from our craft stash to paint some white lines on the roads. He was very methodical about this and measured the distances perfectly haha!

Read about our DIY road for our hot wheels! Learn how to create a fun car race track for your little boys and girls with cheap and affordable materials. Your toddler, preschool and kindergarten kids will love this simple pretend play idea for imaginative play! See how we set up a track with signs for our race cars and matchbox cars with our simple, easy playtime DIY!

Once everything was dry, he set up a little road small world in our play room. He added some of our matchbox cars, our DIY trees, some road signs and a few other bits and pieces from our construction building kits!

These DIY roads turned out SO amazingly! Elliot in particular has loved using his treasured matchbox cars in a new and exciting way!

Read about our DIY road for our hot wheels! Learn how to create a fun car race track for your little boys and girls with cheap and affordable materials. Your toddler, preschool and kindergarten kids will love this simple pretend play idea for imaginative play! See how we set up a track with signs for our race cars and matchbox cars with our simple, easy playtime DIY!

We also have a set of the Way to Play Roads* which you can get from The Creative Toy Shop. They are very well loved as well if you’re not the DIY type

*Please note, some Affiliate Links may be used in this blog post. This will not affect your buying experience, but I will earn a small commission on sales made through these links.

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Casey is an early years teacher turned stay at home mum to three little learners aged 5 and under. She is passionate about supporting parents that want to use play as a vehicle to bond with their little learners and create magical memories of childhood! You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.

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