DIY Backyard Racetrack - Engineer Mommy
Jun 072016
 

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Our family has always looked forward to Race Day! It’s one of those days, where we gather together with great food and watch our favorite race car drivers go around the track! Our favorite driver is Ty Dillon and we cannot wait to see how he does this season! In honor of Race Day, I made a fun DIY Backyard Racetrack for my kids’ toy cars! It was a fun & easy project that I know they will enjoy for years to come! Keep reading for the full tutorial on the Backyard Racetrack, along with details on why I’m keeping Advil Film Coated on hand for any aches & pains that come up on Race Day. I love that the rapid release formula goes to work in only minutes!

Here’s a sneak peek at the Backyard Racetrack I made!

DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack

Here’s what you’ll need to form the track itself:
one square gray brick paver, 12″x12″
10-15 small gray brick pavers
small marble chips or river stones

DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


First, survey your lawn to find the right spot for the racetrack. I chose an area that had a little bit of a rustic terrain (some random grasses, some tree roots, etc.), because I think it will give the racetrack extra character!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Place the large square paver down somewhere in the middle of the track. That will serve as a parking lot for the cars! And place all the bricks around to form a track or two!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Grab a small piece of chalk and draw some lane marks on the racetrack!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Here’s what it looks like at this point! Coming together nicely, right?
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Now, add the marble chips or river stones into the center of the track, in between the various grasses. I’m loving the way this is all coming together now!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Now, it’s time to add a few special details. What racetrack is complete without some flags?! And since my daughters both love anything pink, I made some pink flags! Gather a piece of foam, number stencils, a wooden board, popsicle sticks and silicone sealant.
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Using the stencils, draw the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on three triangular-shaped pieces of foam!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Use the silicone sealant (it’s waterproof!) to attach the foam triangles to the dowel rods.
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


To give the flags a bit more racetrack flair, I created these black stripes, by simply wrapping small strips of black electrical tape along the dowel rod!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


To make a simple sign for the track, I used the silicone sealant to attach the small wooden board onto two popsicle sticks. I used a marker to write the words “Race Day” on the front! Easy peasy!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Now, I simply stuck the dowel rods and popsicle sticks right into the ground at various spots along the racetrack.
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


The final (and most fun) part of this set-up is adding the toy cars! Now, this track is ready for some races!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


The parking lot is a great place for the cars to gather!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Here are a few more close-up shots!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Both of my kids really loved this little project. My older daughter decided to park all the cars in the parking lot.
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


My younger daughter decided to take the pink car and drive that all the way around and around and around!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


Then I decided it would be fun to make a little Faux Pool for my racetrack. It was as simple as placing some blue glass gems inside a lid!
DIY Backyard Racetrack

DIY Backyard Racetrack


When it comes to enjoying Race Day with my family and being able to get down on the floor to play with my kids, I always want to make sure that aches & pains never get in my way! And when I need some pain relief, I always turn to Advil. I use fast-acting Advil Film-Coated for headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, and aches and pains associated with the common cold. This Advil is formulated with a unique Advil Ion Core Technology and an ultra thin shell to absorb quickly – in fact nothing is proven to work faster!* *Among OTC pain relievers
Advil Film Coated

Advil Film Coated


Fast acting Advil Film-Coated leverages the rapid absorption properties of ibuprofen sodium, now available for the first time in the US.” *Among OTC pain relievers
Advil Film Coated

Advil Film Coated


I really appreciate that Advil Film Coated is fast-acting! Did you know that this rapid release formula goes to work in mere minutes?! That’s quick relief when i need it most!
Advil Film Coated

Advil Film Coated

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Before you head to the store, be sure to use this coupon here, which is good for $3 off 80 ct+ Advil Film Coated starting on 6/5.

Now, learn more about Advil Film Coatedand tell me: Are you planning any fun outdoor projects for this year? Are you excited for Race Day?

*Among OTC pain relievers.







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30 Responses to “DIY Backyard Racetrack”

  1. I know three little kids who would love to have a race track outdoors like this! I am excited to get some bricks for my kids too to make one. #client

  2. How fun is that? My kids would love something like this in our backyard. I love this idea.

  3. What a great idea! I love that this can be temporary and you set it up whenever you want in any kind of configuration. How much fun and so easy too!

  4. What a fun idea! My kids always have loved playing with Hotwheels or matchbox cars, and we always struggle with fun ways to let them have imaginative play. This is a great and inexpensive way to do this. Thanks!

  5. I can see children playing with this for hours. Pretend play is so awesome. Love this. I’m sharing this post on my FB page today.

  6. Oh my goodness. This is brilliant. My boys would love something like this in our backyard. Super creative and super fun!

  7. What a clever idea! With this race track you can move it indoors for rainy days, and any day can be race day!

  8. What a wonderful fun idea. My son loved playing with cars when he was younger I wish I would’ve saw this at the time because I would love to make it for him.

  9. That is the CUTEST racetrack ever! What a creative idea! I don’t take medication, but my brother swears by Advil – he said he couldn’t get through a headache without it!

  10. What a fun little project for the kiddos. I wish I had thought of this when my son was obsessed with Matchbox cars.

  11. Oh that is so neat, how fun! I’m sure that will get a lot of use this summer. It’s great that you can rearrange it!

  12. What a great project! Fun for the kids to help you make, and then play! This is a very smart DIY project!

  13. This is very clever. I would never have thought how to put this together. What fun!

  14. What a super cool idea! I love how you were able to use items that most people can find around their home.

  15. What a fun summertime backyard project! So clever and easy to do.

  16. This is really cute, my kids love to make race tracks. They would so love to do this at home, this is a great way to get them outside.

  17. Oh this is such a cute idea. My daughter is seriously in love with cars and trains right now. I will totally do this with her.

  18. Oh my gosh! My boys would absolutely love this!

  19. What a super cool idea! I’m sure kids would love something like this!!

  20. Wow, this racetrack came out great. Nice job! Your daughters look like they’re loving it.

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