Two summers ago we built a deck. However, it had no railings on it up until a few weeks ago. We used a railing kit that came with grooved finishing pieces and ended up having quite a few scraps leftover. So of course I had to use them for something.
I set up the scrap pieces as ramps off different steps of the deck's stairs. Doing so allowed the boys to race cars against each other and observe which ramps caused faster speeds and which ones were slower.
|The setup of the ramps.|
Since these pieces of wood had a groove, they ended up making awesome ramps for toy cars to go barreling down at breakneck speeds without fear of falling off. I suspect 2x4s could be substituted, but the cars will definitely not stay on track.
|J getting ready to put a car on the ramp.|
|You can see the grooves in this picture.|
The boys quickly found a favorite ramp and took turns putting their car down the ramp, resulting in little giggles and cheers.
|This ramp was the fastest!|
|K driving a car up the ramp.|
And it was a perfect activity to practice turn taking.
This activity was so simple, required minimal set up, used only a few materials, and kept the boys busy all afternoon.
|Busy, busy boys and their cars.|
Looking for more fun and easy ways to play outside? Here are some more outdoor play activities that require little set up, use minimal materials, and are perfect for summer days: