Tuesday, May 07, 2013


DIY Outdoor Roads

We have been having some really warm weather lately (finally!), which means we have been outside enjoying some outdoor play.  However, it seems that the boys lose interest in their outdoor toys pretty quickly.  So I decided to whip up a quick activity for them using the big pile of paving stones that we have.  We built a deck two years ago and there were paving stones laid down previously and we hung on to them.  Anyway, I decided to make them some road blocks to drive some little cars on.

DIY outdoor roads for car play from And Next Comes L

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You only need a few materials to make some of your own roads: sidewalk chalk, paving stones (scraps of wood or cardboard might work too - or just draw on a sidewalk), and some cars.  We used these chunky Tonka Chuck and friends cars.
    Supplies needed for making DIY outdoor roads for kids' car play from And Next Comes L
I made a small roadway using the paving stones and then drew some dotted lines on each block.  Ta da!  That's it.

Once the road was set up, J started racing two cars.  K, on the other hand, was more interested in walking on the roadway like it was a balance beam.  Regardless, it kept them both busy and they happily played outdoors for quite awhile.

J driving cars on DIY outdoor roads from And Next Comes L

J driving cars on DIY outdoor roads from And Next Comes L

J driving cars on DIY outdoor roads from And Next Comes L

Since we used chalk, nothing was permanent.  The chalk can easily be washed off and then we can reuse the blocks in other ways.

Looking for more outdoor car play? You might like these Outdoor Car Ramps or try the Sight Words Parking Lot for extra learning. 

DIY outdoor roads for car play from And Next Comes L

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19 comments:

  1. Jack would love these tracks. ;) He'd probably like walking on them best too.

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    1. He would probably love it as train tracks with a train instead of cars!

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  2. I love this idea. Just checking, do you allow pinning? I didn't see a pin-it button and I wasn't sure.

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    1. Yes, I sure do allow pinning. If you hover over the pictures, there should be a pin it button. :)

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  3. What a fun idea! Just stopping by to let you know I've featured this on The Sunday Showcase: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/05/11/the-sunday-showcase-outdoor-activities.html

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  4. Hi there! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Tots. Great post. I'm featuring it on this week's Tuesday Tots so keep your eye out for it. Look forward to seeing more from you. :)

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    1. Oh wow! Thanks, Deborah. I can't wait to see what else you've featured alongside my activity :)

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  5. featuring you this week on the kids co-op http://frogsandsnailsandpuppydogtails-jaime.blogspot.com/2013/05/10-activities-boys-will-love-featured.html

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  6. Coming back to pin this because I want to do it in our backyard. Love the idea!

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  7. This is a great idea! Love it!! Definitely pinning it :)
    Thanks!
    ~Julie

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  8. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/diy-outdoor-road/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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  9. Can't wait to try this with my 2.5 year old son! Sharing today on my FB page!

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