Winter days can seem insanely long when you have toddlers that are tired of being cooped up. I remember feeling so desperate some days to just break through the monotony of being stuck inside. Out of desperation, one day I grabbed a roll of masking tape sitting in our junk drawer. Nothing but fun ensued!
Mom has lost her gourd, my boys were thinking to themselves as I unraveled the roll of tape and began lacing the carpeting and couch with it. Come hill or high water, I was going to find a new way to play in the house and break these doldrums.
Fast, Easy Indoor Race Car Track for Kids
All you need to create a fantastic indoor race car track for your kids is a roll of painters tape and your imagination. I started laying down the groundwork on the floor but quickly realized it would be fun to run the track up the couch.
What you don’t see in the pictures is that I looped the track past the couches, through the kitchen, under the dinner table and back behind the couches. We even turned some of the spaces into a helipad as well as parking for Star Wars flight vehicles. I mean, if you’re going to do it, you might as well go BIG, right?
We even managed to sneak in some math by counting the cars and sorting them by color with all of the Match Box cars. Nothing like making a game out of learning.
Honestly, I thought this would keep the boys occupied for a half hour at best. I just wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary. Instead, our track stayed down for the entire weekend. The boys didn’t stop moving for hours!
When Monday came, we lovingly said goodbye to our track. Don’t worry, I promised the boys we would make the track another day and come up with some new ideas for creating it. Hmmm. How to top this?
Hindsight is 20/20 of course. Next time, grab painters tape, not masking tape. The masking tape came up just find from the couch and carpeting for me. However, it did leave a little bit of sticky residue behind on our wood floors in some places.
Even More Active Indoor Games for Kids
For more fun active indoor games check out these ideas from great bloggers participating in today’s blog hop of indoor games.
Coloring Rocks with Betsy’s Photography
Cereal Sensory Bin with Adventures of Adam
Cardboard Cookies with The Gingerbread House
Simple Rice Sensory Bin with Barefeet on the Dashboard
Paper Airplane Landing Strips with What Do We Do All Day
Squiggle Drawing with Study at Home Mama