Cars: a DIY Car Mat & Redbox Sweeps

Cars, the movie and the toys are beloved friends of my four year old.   This summer, Redbox is asking moms, “What’s the best animated movie that both kids and parents can enjoy?”  Plus, they are rewarding 2 lucky people with a chance to win $10,000 as part of the Redbox Summer of Fun & Games Sweepstakes.

. DIY cars play mat

We love movies we can interact with.  We all watch movies.  They are great for those moments when we need a break, or when we have a sick kiddo, or for when we want a “special family tradition”.  Our family’s way of engaging the kids through movies is to incorporate them into our pretend play.  Let the movie be the diving board – for our ideas to bounce and explode off of!

DIY cars play mat

We also love toy cars, making them race, drive, dance, even sing (check out our car puppets)!  We were inspired by our favorite movie and by this parking garage by Kinderpendent, to create our own parking garage for Lightning McQueen and his buddies.


DIY cars play mat Take 4 manilla folders, a marker, some tape, and we added a construction paper “city skyline” view.  Cut the ends off three of the folders (so they don’t have tabs).


Cut one of the other “tabbed” folders in half.  Tape the folders together so they make an accordion.  With the remaining folder.  Cut it lengthwise to make declines transitioning between the parking garage’s levels.


Get your cars out and have fun parking, driving, bonking, even chatting about which car is going to marry whom – that’s my 5 year old girl’s contribution.

DIY cars play mat

Redbox is celebrating summer family time with a great line up of family-friendly titles, awesome savings and two chances to win $10,000 as part of the Redbox Summer of Fun & Games Sweepstakes.*

4 Easy Ways to Enter:

1. Enter your email address at

2. Rent a movie or game at a redbox kiosk (and provide a valid email address at checkout)

3. Reserve a rental online at

4. Text ‘SUMMER’ to 727272

Enter to win today!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Redbox. The opinions and text are all mine.

*Each item rented earns one entry, regardless of how long it is rented, up to three entries per day. Limit 3 entries per day, regardless of entry method. The sweepstakes begins May 27, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends on August 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CT. No purchase necessary. See official rules at


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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).