How to make a Car Race Track from a Water Noodle:
1.You need a water noodle with a large hole in the middle.
I found mine in the dollar section at Target- they were 2 for 2.50. I had a different water noodle at home with a small hole that would not work. Make sure you get a "cheaper" water noodle- as they tend to have larger holes. (check the dollar store)
2. Using a kitchen knife, I cut it right down the middle.
3. I used long skewers (used for shish-ka-bobs on the bbq- you can buy at the grocery store) and poked them right through the water noodle. Here is a little trick: If you poke the skewer through and pull it out a little bit, you can widen the track a little for the cars.
4. You need something to hold it in place at the top and bottom. I found Styrofoam from a box that worked perfectly. You could use a cardboard box or Styrofoam. With Styrofoam, you can poke the skewers right through it and it stays in place. With cardboard, you might have to use packing tape.
I taped the Styrofoam to the floor at the bottom of the track with packing tape-so it would not slide around on the tile. If you don't have stairs, your could use a large box at the top of the track and attach it to the box like they did on Family Fun. (linked above).
5. We used fabric scraps to make the "start" and "finish" signs and used packing tape to hold them in place.
6. Here is another trick for making this work for cars: use narrow cars- most no-name- dollar store type cars will work. We had some metal ones that were a bit smaller than the regular cars and they worked perfectly, as did some of the smaller Hot wheels or Matchbox cars. Some of them are too wide- but it depends on how big the hole is on your water noodle.
That is it! It provided hours of fun for our kids! It also cost next to nothing! We love it. I took it apart, and we'll put it up again and again this summer.
Since the styrofoam we used had a hole in the middle, they put their rubber snake in it and said it was "snake pond" and they did not want their cars to land in snake pond! :)
Here is a little video to show you how this works. This is a great summer indoor activity- when it is just too hot to go outside.
Back in the day when I started this blog, I was posting Kid's Crafts and Activities just about every week. For the next month or two (during summer) I am going to try to post a fun kid's activity every Monday :)