Indoor Games for Kids

Car Race Game

Make a racetrack and then hold a car race.
Make a racetrack and then hold a car race.
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The car race game allows kids to rev up their engines by drawing their own Grand Prix track and racing a friend to the finish line. Indoor games let kids explore their creative side with fun activities. Let the race begin by following the steps below.

What You'll Need:

  • Graph paper
  • Markers
  • Die

Step 1: Draw a curvy track at least one inch wide on a piece of graph paper. Draw a tiny grandstand, start/finish line, pit stop area, and walls.

Step 2: To make your "race cars," cut two squares from another piece of graph paper the same size as the squares on the graph paper track. Mark one with an X and one with an O. Or instead of an X and O, you can draw one type of car on a square and a different car on the other square. Follow these steps to play the game.

Step 1: Place your cars at the start line.

Step 2: Roll the die to determine how many squares to move. You may move your car in only one direction -- either across or down. You may not move diagonally.

Step 3: If your move sends your car off the track, you lose a turn. When it's your turn again, you come back to the last spot you were on inside the track. If you land on the same spot as the other car, go back to the last spot you were on and skip a turn.

Step 4: Take turns with your friend moving your race cars. The first one to cross the finish line wins.

Racing cars can be a fun activity especially when you make your own Grand Prix track. On the next page, find out how artwork is transformed when it becomes a tag-team event.

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