How to build a race car track for the kids
How to build a race car track for the kids

Gather your supplies

  • Sand & Cement mix (2 bags)
  • 70mm Bricktor or chicken wire
  • Black oxide powder
  • Old motorcycle tyre
  • Selection of small plants (such as mini mondo grass, variegated oregano or Scleranthus biflorus)

You'll also need

Shovel; safety stakes (flags); 13mm black poly tube; white spray paint; white electrical tape; playground mulch; steel trowel; wooden float; wheelbarrow; mallet; rope; set-out paint; sheet of plastic; tent pegs; utility knife.

Playing with toy cars is every littlie’s idea of good fun. So, rev things up and ignite their inner speed racer by building a mini racetrack where cars can tumble through a tunnel, crash into the sides and roll along the finish line. The cars may be tiny, but the competition is fierce!

Here's how

Step 1

Using rope, mark out track on turf, then outline with set-out paint. Excavate inside lines to a depth of 100mm and roughly level ground.

Step 2

Place tyre in desired position, then excavate so half of tyre sits below ground.

Step 3

Put 2 bags of Sand & Cement mix and a capful of black oxide powder in a wheelbarrow and blend thoroughly. Slowly add water until mixture is stiff.

Step 4

Line trench with Bricktor to prevent concrete from cracking.

Step 5

Shovel cement mixture into trench, level with a float, smooth with a trowel. <b>TIP:</b> If mixture isn’t as dark as desired, sprinkle black oxide powder onto surface, spread with wooden float and smooth with trowel.

Step 6

Remove turf from inside of track and backfill with garden soil. Plant up, mulch and gently water.

Step 7

Trace and cut out a chequerboard pattern onto a sheet of plastic. Place on track and spray-paint white. Make stencils for lane markings and for the word ‘Start’, and spray-paint onto track.

Step 8

To make ‘safety barrier’, cut poly tube to length and wrap electrical tape, in a spiral, around it. Place along edge on sections of track. Secure with pegs. Put flags near finish line.

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