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This speedy project gives your kids a racetrack play mat to get their engines going during playtime.
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Cut the carpeting to the length. The photo shows a rug that's 6 -1/2' wide x 7-1/2' long. Fold in half the long way.
Tie a pencil to a piece of string that measures from the center of the fold to the edge, or approximately 40". Secure the string at the center of the fold so the string stretches taut to the corner and moves in an arc across the open edge. Run the pencil along the arc, keeping the string taut to draw an arc for the corner.
Use scissors to cut along the line through the carpet's top layer. Save the scrap, and use the edge as a guide to cut the second layer of carpet.
Using the scrap as a stencil, repeat on the other end of the carpet.
You will now have an oval piece of carpet. To make the infield, mark an inset oval 14" from the carpet edge. One way to do this is to use a piece of 8-1/2"x14" paper as a guide. Set the paper with the short end along the outside edge, and mark the other end of the paper with masking tape. Continue this process around the rug to create an infield that is a smaller oval, matching the larger carpet oval. Connect the pieces of tape to mask off the area.
Paint the infield using the paint roller and green paint. Let dry. Remove tape.
For the street lines, cut a 2"x3/4" rectangle in the center of an 8-1/2"x14" piece of paper. Place the short edge of the paper against the edge of the rug, checking to make sure the rectangle is oriented in the correct direction for the street lines (see photograph) and mark the rectangle with yellow paint. Repeat around the rug at regularly spaced intervals.
Let dry. Get out the cars and start playing!