If you have a child who enjoys playing with toy cars, you can make that experience even more fun by making a paper race car track at home. The beauty of this project is that it will cost very little but yield high results. Your child will love racing his cars around his brand-new paper race car track, and when he gets bored with it, you can always make a new one.
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Things you need
- Large newsprint rolled paper
- Crayons or markers
- Toy cars
Lay out the track. Use large rolled newsprint or other paper (the kind you find in schools for notice boards) for the base of your track. Cut it in a customised size based on the space you have available. Lay the paper out on a flat surface, such as a table or a hard floor, and gather the rest of your art supplies.
Draw a road. Use a black marker or crayon to draw a winding road on your paper. Loop it over and around in a random fashion, or else model it after your own neighbourhood or the major roads in your city or town. You can also model it after a real racetrack by making it in the shape of a large oval. Add a yellow dotted line down the centre and fill in the road when you finish.
Add scenery to your racetrack. If your track is modelled after a professional course, draw bleachers and a winner's circle around the sides. Add an announcer's booth and a collection of race fan spectators. If you make your racetrack into a road, then add in landmarks. Draw your house, local landmarks, or major sites such as national landmarks. Fill in grassy areas, car parks and tourist attractions for a polished look.
Race your toy cars on your track. Let your little one race to his heart's content. If you want to preserve your track, laminate it at a local office supply store or cover it with clear contact paper before you let him play. This way, he can kneel on top of the track on the floor without fear of tearing or smearing it. When he finishes playing, simply roll it up and store it in a closet until next time.
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