This spooky Halloween track took the lead in our fall play.
Our Halloween decorations exploded all over the floor, and we had a giant cardboard box. Why not put the two together for a spooky Halloween track?
It was quick. It was easy to make. And it inspired the imaginary play that we all craved.
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I may have had a lot of fun making this track.
It’s true. I brought the large box and black paint outside to make the track and suddenly felt inspired. Perhaps this was the creative outlet I needed after being stuck at home since March. (sigh)
Maybe next I will paint the bathroom? Eh, probably not.
But this simple loop was both easy and a little therapeutic. The boys watched from the sidelines as I went around and around.
This and our fall activity list have given us life!
This outdoor track is a simple way to inspire play.
I have a supply list for you, but the truth is you probably have most of this lying around your home. I didn’t get supplies for this activity, but rather just collected them.
If you don’t have a box, the chances of a neighbor having one are pretty high. Ask around!
Keeping this super simple is key! When there are too many parts and pieces, play can become distracted. Keeping a small ratio of cars to spooky decor is the ticket.
Next came the lava. Are you surprised?
We had some yellow and orange tissue paper leftover from our pumpkin activity, so I added it into the cauldron. It turns out that it became a giant pile of lava that the race cars had to jump right over. Lava is life here, so it made sense that is where this would go.
To play, I put out the items and let the boys take the lead. My five and almost seven-year-old played for a while as I was able to sit back and catch my breath. If my three-year-old was home, I know he would have jumped right in!
What we used for this spooky Halloween track
large cardboard box
a random collection of Halloween items found from years past
When the boys finished, we kept the track out for future use and added the spider web to our bushes!