Here is a very simple idea that for some reason has entertained my boys for hours! All you need is a posterboard. Decorate it with roads, train tracks, parking spaces, etc., and you have an instant play mat for small cars! We have made several of these over the last few years of parenting boys. The boys don’t usually last long with coloring/drawing, so we usually add to our mat over the course of a few days.
The mat we made today has a McDonald’s drive-thru and a lake for our Hot Wheels boats. It’s fun to have something on it that encourages imaginative play.
This is a great activity for a day when the weather does not allow for playing outside!