Toddler Play: DIY Racetrack for Animals

Hi friends! We’re back today with yet another amazing Rockin’ Art Mom…the fabulous Meri from Meri Cherry  blog! I fell in love with Meri the first time I ever looked at her gorgeous blog and am so excited to introduce her to you all today.  Meri loves Reggio-inspired and process art, which are two of my favorite things to talk about- double win!  Today Meri is sharing a fun invitation to play that she created for her toddler girls and their friend- a DIY racetrack for animals. I love ideas where art meets play! After you’ve checked out the post, please hop over to Meri Cherry and follow her on her social media channels. Take it away, Meri!

Day at the Races - Duct tape and friends for a great Toddler Activity

Hello Twodaloo readers! I’m so happy to be here for a guest post today. My name is Meri Cherry. I blog over at Meri Cherry and I’m a part of the awesome Rockin Art Moms! Yay! I have two little girls at home, an almost three year old and a one and half year old. Our house is filled with ballerina tutus, dollhouses and little kitchens. When we scheduled a play date with an older boy the other day I felt a sudden pang that I was NOT prepared. Fortunately, I do have a bunch of horses and dinosaurs to play with so I thought a day at the races would be a perfect fit for all the different ages. This was sooo simple! I lined some butcher paper with four strips of duct tape and drew black lines with a permanent marker to represent streets. I set up a basket filled with animals and cars along side the track and let the kids do their thing.

Day at the Races - Duct tape and friends for a great Toddler Activity

Day at the Races - Duct tape and friends for a great Toddler Activity

Man oh man, this was a huge hit! We raced with horses, dinosaurs, trucks and cars. I seem to remember a giraffe sneaking in there as well. The kids loved it! If you don’t have butcher paper you can do this right on the floor or carpet of your home and if you don’t have duct tape, some painters tape or masking tape would work great too. After our play date I gave the paper to a friend with a three year old son and she said he lined up all his trucks for over and hour and had a blast. This is something you can travel with too. Just put some matchbox cars or animals in a lunch box, roll up the paper and pop it in the trunk of your car. You never know when you might need a little activity on the go. Oh, and don’t forget your helmet. As you can see above, safety first at my house.

Day at the Races - Duct tape and friends for a great Toddler Activity Day at the Races - Duct tape and friends for a great Toddler Activity

My little one even got into it. Not sure she understood the rules exactly but she sure had fun making her horse trot along the track. This was a really fun invitation to play for all the kids. I hope you give it a try. For more toddler ideas feel free to pop over to Meri Cherry and say hello. Thanks for having me over Stephanie!

Day at the Races - Duct tape and friends for a great Toddler Activity

Meri is an arts and craft teacher in sunny California. Her favorite things are duct tape, Instagram, and thrift stores.  You can also find Meri hanging out on Facebook and Pinterest.


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  1. What a wonderful post. My girls love horses and my son loves anything on four wheels so this activity will be an absolute hit in our home!

  2. That is such a cute & great idea!!!

  3. Such a great, simple idea. My son would (and will as soon as I make him one) play with this forever. I hope a pesky giraffe doesn’t sneak onto ours, though. They’re always butting in…

  4. Thanks for letting me post on your fantastic blog Stephanie!

  5. Such a fun activity!! i’m going to do this with my day care toddlers next week!

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