Kids love things that go. When playing with toy vehicles, their creativity knows no bounds! Encourage your child's love of screen-free, independent play this easy DIY toy road for their toy cars, trucks, diggers and busses and all other things that go "Vroom! Vroom!"
The homemade road for toy cars can be as simple or as elaborate as you want, and as a bonus, it helps to keep your child's pretend play in one area of the room. (You might not always need that, but it can come in handy sometimes!)
What you need
Matte board. Head to an art supply store and choose the size you want. Alternatively, you can design and paint your road on a canvas drop cloth.
Paint and paintbrushes.
Scissors or x-acto knife (optional)
Place the matte board on the floor or large table. If you would like to make the road foldable to make storage easier, lightly score the underside of the board where you want the board to fold.
Using the pencil, sketch out the design of the road. If this road is not a surprise, ask your child for input on how many curves or forks in the road they wish to have.
You'll need to decide if the road will be able to fit two lanes of traffic, and if so, make room for lane dividers, if desired. Our homemade road comfortably fit only one lane of toy traffic.
Paint in the road.
Next, decide on landscaping. Consider that the less landscaping you have, the more blank space your child's imagination will be free to fill. If your child loves to build bridges and buildings, leave a lot of blank space. If they love to include toy animals in their play, perhaps a pond or some trees will be nice.
Lookout cat is optional.
Published 2008, updated 2023.