Masking Tape Race Track

by Maria on March 30, 2011

Masking Tape Race TrackWhat do you get when you take a rainy day, add two rolls of tape, 30 minutes of your precious time, and all the cars/trucks/boats and airplanes you all ready have floating around your house?

…….Two very happy children who just found out their mom is a rockstar.

A friend of mine mentioned that her cousin made a fun track all around her house out of masking tape so her boys could drive their cars on it. My boys are car/truck lovers and I new that something like that could keep them entertained for a verrrrry long time. I had to try it.

Our Family recently got some little tiny boats that the boys love, love, love, so I wanted to somehow incorporate water into the race track. I picked up a roll of blue painters tape and this is what I came up with. I started to run out of the blue tape and still had a significant amount of space left, so I turned it into a parking lot and that is where they park their fleet of airplanes.

This little project was actually fun to create and I really did feel like a rock star. My eyes have been opened to all kinds of masking tape fun and I can’t wait to try out some other ideas, like hopscotch, a flat play house or targets on the wall they can through nerf footballs at. If  you have any ideas pass them on.

P.S. I HAVE NO ARTISTIC TALENT at all so if I can do this ANYONE can do this.

Materials Needed:

• Masking tape (colors of your choice)

• Time

• Kids and Toy Cars/Trucks/Boats/Airplanes  :)

The great thing about this, is that’s you can go as big or as small as you want to. There are so many different ways you could build a track. A fun thing to do would be to make the track start or end at the spot where your kids normally park their toys.  Have fun with it and send us a picture if you make a masking tape masterpiece. I would love to see your creativeness with Masking tape :).

Maria

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Randi March 30, 2011 at 4:31 am

Brilliant! My little guy would love that!

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Jessica at Me Sew Crazy March 30, 2011 at 4:43 am

Oh my – this is so fabulous!!!! What a great idea!

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Destri March 30, 2011 at 4:50 am

I know I have already told you this, but I am so doing this all over Hank’s room! So so fun. And you fib when you say you are not artistic, I know better than that :)

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Casey L March 30, 2011 at 5:34 am

word of advice don’t leave it down too long on certain carpets it will leave a mark we used to do tape to get our kids at day care lined up and it left some spots! just don’t leave it down too long!!!!!!

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Maria March 30, 2011 at 6:07 am

Both of the tapes I used said they were to be used for painting. I think that makes a difference on how strong the adhesive is. I left it down for an entire month and didn’t have any problems with it leaving marks, but I think you do need to be selective about the type of tape you use. Never use Duct Tape.

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Bonnie March 30, 2011 at 6:08 am

This is such a great idea! They must have had so much fun.

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Casey L March 30, 2011 at 6:22 am

yep not just regular masking tape.. great idea for painters tape!!!

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Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia March 30, 2011 at 6:29 am

Such a good idea! My boy would go crazy with this. Thanks for sharing with us:)

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Amanda March 30, 2011 at 7:12 am

I bet you could find a cheap blue plastic table cloth from the dollar store or someplace like that that could be cut to the shape you need for your water. Though, I’m not sure that would last very long. It would probably rip. Okay, so I thought it was good idea until I let it come out of my head. :)

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Katina May 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I bet if you took clear packing tape and covered the blue plastic table cloth it would work.

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Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen March 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

Awesome idea! My nephew would LOVE this!

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shira March 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

So great! Oma taught me this a couple years ago but thanks for the reminder! Love the blue “water” in the middle. Yours is much nicer. I gotta try it again.

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Michelle T. March 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

At discount school supply you can buy 10 different colors of masking tape. Just think of all the fun things you could do with that!

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Cynthia March 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

We made a balloon volleyball court in our living room with masking tape and the kids used it for over a month! We also use the tape to mark lines for jumping contests, targets, ring toss, etc. It’s great!

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Aubrey March 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I love it Maria! You are so creative! I’m going to have to remember this for my three month hotel stay. Thanks! :)

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Erin @ Small Types March 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

This is such an awesome idea! My mom made a great play mat for my boys and they love it, (http://www.smalltypes.com/2010/07/map-neighborhood.html), but I like the idea of having wider roads that you can change and move around your house.

I will warn you, I used regular blue painter’s tape on my hardwood floor one time, and it pulled up the sealant and made the floor very rough. I was surprised, because I thought painter’s tape would come up better than regular masking tape. Anyway, carpet should be fine. Thanks for the cute idea!

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Melissa E. March 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I love this idea–I wonder if it would hurt my hardwood floors. My kid would totally get a kick out of this. The water part is the best!

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Suzanne March 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm

cute! cute! love the creativeness and cheapness of this project!

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Tina March 31, 2011 at 6:29 am

MARIA! That is amazing! I have been wanting to get a little rug I saw online that has a road and a parking lot,etc. This is right up my alley. I can’t hurt anyone with tape. Welllll….maybe I could but, it’s sure to not result in permanent damage! Ilove this! Forecast calls for rain this weekend. I can’t wait to try it.
Best,
Tina

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Amanda March 31, 2011 at 10:48 am

After reading this yesterday, I went out and bought painter’s tape and made a huge road system in our family room. I blogged about it here if you’re interested. :) http://growthchartmoments.blogspot.com/2011/03/theres-road-in-our-family-room.html
Thanks for the great idea!

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pattyann March 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

This is totally cool! I wish I would have had this idea when the boys were young!! I will have to try it out on the grandsons when they come visit this summer!!

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Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids March 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Love it – the marina and airport are the best :) Featured it today here:

http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2011/03/fun-ways-to-make-tracks.html

Cheers!

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Becky April 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

This is such a great idea!! I only wish I knew about it at the beginning of winter!! :)

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Last Minute Mel April 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm

This is brilliant and it made me laugh to think that in so many of our homes, toys are just part of the decor!!! I’m sure my boys would love to try this :)

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erin April 16, 2011 at 5:14 am

We did it! LOVE IT!
http://abirdandabean.blogspot.com/2011/04/masking-tape-road.html

Check it out. I linked back to you! Thanks for the super idea.

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patty clark April 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

You might want to try this on a old rug first, after it has been there for a while and dryed it will not come off clean. Lookes really bad and very hard to cover. We do this in the yard with leaves and durt, I do it with a brome, draw a track in the durt, my 4 yr old Gson loves it.

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patty clark April 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

putting this on a rug that can be moved would work better. Like i said it will really mess up your carpet after it has been walked on, and has dryed. It was fun anyway

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Becky @ UCreate with Kids May 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

I adore this!!

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Megan (Best of Fates) September 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

This is beyond clever – I’m in complete awe!

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Stephanie December 2, 2011 at 3:03 pm

This is great. I just might have to do this with my kids.

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kelly Jones September 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Maria,

We need to live closer. You would become my kids favorite aunt. I’m glad I found this. Keegan gets so bored while Aiden is at school.

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Maria September 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

You mean I am not their favorite aunt right now! Just Kidding. I wish we lived closer too. I have decided a roll of masking tape can change your life. :) So many things that can keep kids busy. We made a choo choo train track around our living room for Thatcher’s birthday party and he loved it. I wish keegan could come play with Thatcher during the day.

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