We have had some sections of rain gutter around for a while – You may remember them from our post on how to turn a cardboard box into a jump for Hot Wheels cars. We’ve also used the rain gutter sections in the summer for backyard water play. Lots of cheap fun!
Anyway, for the better part of the past four days, the boys have been playing car races with the ramps. It has been amazing how entertaining this activity has been for all four of them – ages 22 months through 10 years old.
This was the basic race track design. They have been testing cars against each other to see which is faster. Right now, they are really into what model of car is what, so I keep hearing things like, “Wow! The Mustang is faster than the Corvette!” When they send two cars down at once, they sometimes hit each other and crash, but that just adds to the fun.
Sometimes they prop up the end of the second gutter section to create a jump. It works pretty well!
Then they had the idea of adding a block tunnel to the middle of the track:
It was fun to watch the cars travel through the tunnel! And making constant modifications to the track seemed to be the most fun part, especially for Aidan.
If you have any trouble with the rain gutter sections slipping, you can secure them in place with masking tape. Our vinyl rain gutter came as a 10 ft. piece from Home Depot, and we cut it into sections with a saw.
Be sure to check out our cardboard box jump for Hot Wheels cars! That activity also provided many hours of play.