Backyard racetrackWith the nice weather, we’ve being playing catch-up on the yard work! We’re working on our shed, trying to cure our poison ivy problem, doing general spring clean-up, and of course, planting flowers! There are many times where we can show Avery the ropes, and have her help us, but sometimes, the work that needs to be done is just not in her wheelhouse. She has a nice play space, but sometimes she gets bored (because she’s 5, and apparently needs something to entertain her 24/7) We’d thought about getting her a swing set, but we don’t really have the space. We needed something small, that would fit the space, but still be entertaining and let her use her imagination.
Since Avery has been so into her race cars lately, we decided it would be fun to create a little backyard racetrack for them! So, we built this backyard racetrack garden for her! Well, WITH her, as she was very helpful from start to finish–choosing the flowers, mulch and stone, helping come up with layout ideas, and putting it all together! It was nice that our family could work together on this project, while teaching Avery some new skills. First we had to decide on a space. There were a few spots in our yard that we thought would work well, but one was too shady, one was too buggy, one was too close to the fence covered in poison ivy. We finally decided to put the garden track in a corner of Avery’s play space. It actually ended up being perfect! We had some old curved blocks hanging around, so we used those for the border. (We may paint them in the near future) And then filled the space with topsoil (The turf on Avery’s play space is very thin, and drains well, so we put the soil right on top of it)
Once the soil was set, we got to work on the track pieces. We’d planned to use bricks, but when we saw the rubber tiles, we thought they’d work better because they are so thin. We cut the tiles apart (along the lines) and pressed them into the soil, creating a track.Avery wanted a tunnel, so we also picked up a piece of pvc pipe. I pressed that into the soil, and the covered it with more soil, and some cool moss we found at the garden center! We then planted our flowers in the middle, covered the center with mulch, and the outer areas in stone. We added in a little “pond” using crushed sea glass and a fence along the inside of the track. We all love the backyard racetrack! The tunnel is our favorite part! It was so much fun spending a few days working on this project as a family! Avery learned some new gardening skills while Dave and I learned ALL about every car (She has a story made up about all of them…obviously) This Backyard racetrack is definitely going to be THE place to be this summer!
Easy DIY Backyard Racetrack