Monday, September 17, 2012

Racing Cars

Kid's birthday parties always have great food, fun decorations, but what about the entertainment? While bounce houses are fun, they are overpriced and way out of our budget (that and the birthday boy is afraid of them). So what do you do to keep toddlers entertained?

Our first Cars themed birthday party fun was inspired by this pin:
You can't have a Cars themed party without cars and races. I mean you can, but where's the fun in that. Having organized fun at a birthday party where the median age is 2, is almost impossible. So why not give them a track to roll their cars down?

Since parties can be very pricey, I wanted to keep this project as cheap and simple as possible. I think I did a fairly good job at that. 

- Ply Wood - We found 2 perfect cut pieces in the scrap bin at Home Depot, so they were a dollar each!
- Nails and screws - We had these on hand. 
- 2 pieces of 1/2 inch PVC - $1.29 each. We had a Home Depot employee cut them in half for a total of 4 pieces.
- Paint - I had white on hand, and I purchased black spray paint from Michael's for $3.25 (price after 50% coupon). 

The total cost of this project was under $8.00! 

Here is a bear bones look at the race track. We used some of the second piece of ply wood to brace the two pieces together underneath. We also used a piece of the second board to make a "stopper" at the end of the track. The boards were nailed together and the PVC was screwed on. 
Since we have a nice hill in our back yard, we make legs to hammer into the ground, instead of elevating the board. This will be easier for the small kids because they can just sit next to the board.

Here is the final project, being enjoyed by the soon-to-be birthday boy and daddy...
I have to admit this race track is super fun. Definitely a Pinterest Success. I just hope the rest of the kids have as much fun as we did. 

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