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DIY Race Track Out of Toilet Paper Rolls - 7 Days of Play

DIY Race Track Out of Toilet Paper Rolls

Make this DIY race track out of your leftover toilet paper rolls! It is a super fun way to craft and build together while playfully learning all about physics! 

Teach Early Physics with a DIY Race Track

There are so many fantastic things about this race track! I mean, it will save you lots of money – that’s one of the best benefits, right? More than that, it’s actually educational too!

As you build it, encourage your older school-age children to help you design it. This teaches them early engineering skills. They can learn what works and what doesn’t – which is all part of the scientific method.

For this activity, all you need is some toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls, scissors, paint, egg cartons, and tape. Keep reading – I’ll share all the details below.

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Watch the Video to See the DIY Race Track In Action 

Just look at how much fun it is! We painted ours in as many vibrant colors as we could think of! Let your children paint theirs however they want. Artistic expression encourages mental growth. You can see the joy as they send the cars down the track over and over again. Kids can experiment with speed and types of cars to see new and different results!

 

Watch the Video to See the DIY Race Track In Action

Just look at how much fun it is! We painted ours in as many vibrant colors as we could think of! Let your children paint theirs however they want. Artistic expression encourages mental growth. You can see the joy as they send the cars down the track over and over again. Kids can experiment with speed and types of cars to see new and different results! 

How to Make a DIY Race Track

Here’s how to make your very own DIY race track! You can make it as simple or complex as you want (and have time and space for). I made a really simple one and my kids played with it over and over again!

A couple tips — glue takes a long time to dry. If you have impatient kiddos using tape is the faster option. Also, taping the track to the ground will keep everything more steady! 

We chose vibrant colors for our track, but make a fun craft session out of painting the paper towel tubes in as many (or little) colors as you’d like!

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Materials 

  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Paint, we used paint sticks! 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut 8-10 toilet paper rolls in half and paint them. Let them dry. If you use paint sticks, they’ll dry in seconds!

Step 2

Use paper towel rolls for the columns to support the track.  

Step 3

Cut an egg carton into thirds and use two pieces as support for the paper towel tubes.

Step 4

Tape everything together, including the egg cartons to the floor so that it won’t fall over! Add extra tubes to the sides if cars roll out the top.

Step 1

Cut 8-10 toilet paper rolls in half and paint them. Let them dry. If you use paint sticks, they’ll dry in seconds!

Step 2

Use paper towel rolls for the columns to support the track.

Step 3

Cut an egg carton into thirds and use two pieces as support for the paper towel tubes.

Step 4

Tape everything together, including the egg cartons to the floor so that it won’t fall over! Add extra tubes to the sides if cars roll out the top.

Educational Benefits of the DIY Race Track 

Playing with cars on a race track is educational too! It really is. It’s both artistically educational and scientific. 

First, let’s look at the artistic benefits. Art is a very important part of a child’s education. Research has proven that art actually develops neural systems in the brain. In fact, it can raise your child’s serotonin levels and help them with improved emotional balance. 

Let them design and paint their own race track. It’s a very important part of the process.  

The other thing it teaches your child is early science. I’m talking about physics. When they roll their cars down the hill, they are experiencing speed, velocity, and acceleration in real-time.  

Really young children are learning cause and effect. A car goes faster when it falls from a higher point. 

Build and play with this track with your kids – everyone will have a fun time! 

Educational Benefits of the DIY Race Track 

Playing with cars on a race track is educational too! It really is. It’s both artistically educational and scientific. 

First, let’s look at the artistic benefits. Art is a very important part of a child’s education. Research has proven that art actually develops neural systems in the brain. In fact, it can raise your child’s serotonin levels and help them with improved emotional balance. 

Let them design and paint their own race track. It’s a very important part of the process.  

The other thing it teaches your child is early science. I’m talking about physics. When they roll their cars down the hill, they are experiencing speed, velocity, and acceleration in real-time.  

Really young children are learning cause and effect. A car goes faster when it falls from a higher point. 

Build and play with this track with your kids – everyone will have a fun time! 

Store-Bought Color Mixing Toys

Here are my top picks for toys that teach color mixing for kids.

Wooden Race Track 

This wooden race track has such a beautiful design and is great for teaching kids about cause and effect. It includes 3 wooden cars!

All-in-One Car Mat and Storage Bag 

This play mat turns into a toy storage bag. Just pull the drawstrings to store the car toys for another day!

 

Wooden Streets

These wooden streets are like puzzle pieces! These 42-pieces combine to make an epic roadway including curves, intersections with long and short pieces. 

Dual Lane Race Track

This handmade wooden race track allows two cars to race at once! Cars are included! 

 

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