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Today is a day that all of my kiddos have been waiting for for awhile–the day that Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 comes out in theaters! Our whole family are big fans of the Disney•Pixar’s Cars franchise and from the movies to the rides to toys we just can’t get enough! Speaking of toys, I can’t wait to show you the fun LEGO Juniors Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 Race Building Kit that my little ones got and what we did with it!
We have plans to see the movie in a couple of weeks, but until then I wanted to do something special for my little ones to help get them even more excited for the release! All of them (especially the three older ones) have been obsessed lately with building tracks all over the house to drive their cars and trains on, but with summer here I’ve been wanting them to play outside more. I knew that it was finally time to work on a project that has been on my to-do list for awhile–an outdoor car track!
To get started with the good times on our track I had the perfect toy from Amazon–the LEGO Juniors Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 Race Building Kit. This LEGO kit was perfect for my family because it includes four different cars from the film (including Lightning McQueen, of course) so there’s plenty for all of my kids to play with. I also like that the LEGO Juniors sets are ideal for my little ones; geared towards ages 4-7 my seven year old son is able to help his younger sisters without much assistance from mom and dad.
Of course, Amazon is always my go-to stop for most items (I admit I might be an Amazon Prime Addict…) and they are the Ultimate Pit Stop for Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 merchandise. Next on my list might be some new Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 clothing for my little ones, and maybe the Disney•Pixar Cars 3 Crazy 8 Crashers Smash & Crash Derby Playset! I knew that this LEGO play set would be perfect to test drive on our outdoor track though since it combined two things my kiddos all love–LEGO blocks and Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3.
We call that a mom win folks.
I had originally thought that this project would be something that I could take on myself and have over in half a day, but I quickly realized that I needed the help of my whole crew if I was going to pull this off! This outdoor car track turned out to be a family activity that everyone from my three year old to my dad helped with–and I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help. My kids are so proud of the work that they put into their outdoor track and they love playing with it together!
Constructing your own outdoor track
To build our outdoor track I started with a clear and level space under our cherry tree in our back yard. This sits right next to our children’s playhouse and I though it would be the perfect place for them to play together under the shade all summer long. My three older kids helped pull all the weeds from the area and then I got to work planning out and digging a track. My dad helped dig out the last bits of track and then lent his expertise about all things concrete. Placing steel rebar before pouring the cement should help ensure that our track stays in place and crack-free for years to come, meaning that our kids can continue to have friendly racing competitions for awhile still. You also want to make sure that the track you’re making is at least 3-4 inches deep and 4-6 inches wide, this will also help to keep the concrete in good condition.
I would say the longest part of this project is definitely all the preparation and digging out the track, but when you’re doing the cement work you also need to be meticulous. I’m so glad that I had my husband and father working on that part for me–it’s always good to learn from someone more skilled in an area than you are and the work goes faster when you’re working together!
My kids had to practice patience as we were working on this project but once the cement had hardened all that was left was to dress up our track a little bit. I added some river rock and succulents that I’m hoping will do really well in that area.
When it was finally time to open up our LEGO Juniors Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 Race Building Kit the kids were thrilled! They had so much fun opening up the box and examining its contents. I love that there were so many different pieces for them to build so they could each build their own, but I also loved that with the easy instructions my oldest was able to help his younger sisters so much. I ask you–is there anything sweeter than seeing your child lovingly help a sibling?