Make This Fun Car Maze Play Mat with Kids

Let’s make a car maze play mat with kids! Making a maze with kids is always fun and develops critical thinking along with fine motor skills. Preschoolers are going to love helping to make this fun car maze play mat. Make the road maze in any size for your favorite cars and trucks and then play for hours. This maze drawing activity works great at home or in the classroom.

maze drawing of a city streets finished and seen from above with hand driving cars along the maze of roads - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s create maze roads for our toy cars

Make a Maze Drawing

When I was a kid, my mom made a homemade car playmat using a big piece of green felt and a black Sharpie marker. It was a simple 2 color map that resembled our neighborhood streets, cul-de-sac and nearby parking lot. My brother and I spent hours playing on that car maze with our Matchbox cars and block city.

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Creating a car maze today is a little more elegant, but it all comes down to the hours of play kids will put in on something that catches their imagination!

How to make a car maze play mat

Here are easy directions on how to create a maze. After we made the maze we got our toy cars out and had a blast. Keep the maze simple, or decorate it using colorful markers. You could even add cardboard tunnels, bridges, and more.

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supplies needed to make a road maze play mat for kids
You need a poster board, markers, a ruler, and a pencil to make a car maze play mat.

Supplies needed to make a car maze play mat

Instructions for making a car maze play mat

Toddlers can help drawing lines with the ruler and pencil, and coloring in trees and houses. This is a great activity to do together.

Step 1

Step 1 - how to draw a car track for kids matchbox cars
Place a car on the cardstock and draw a road on either side of it.

The first step is to create the route for your road maze. Use a pencil and ruler to draw the lines. You can erase any that don’t work until you get your maze just the way you want it. Don’t forget to add dead ends.

Craft tip: Place the largest car you’ll be driving on the road onto the card stock as a guide for the width of the roads. Keep moving the car and turning it as you draw the lines.

Step 2

Step 2 - instructions for drawing a road maze for kids
Use a marker and ruler to finish off the road for your maze.

Once you have your final design worked out, trace over it using the marker and ruler.

Step 3

Step 3 - how to make a fun road play mat for kids using supplies you have at home
Use colored markers to draw houses, trees, lakes, and parks.

Decorate your play mat using colored pencils. You can add houses, buildings, lakes, parks, a hospital, a shopping mall, and more!

Our finished car maze play mat

poster board car maze for kids
Kids will love making this poster board road maze.

Get your toy cars out and have a blast!

To enrich this activity, have the kids take turns giving each other or you directions. Solving mazes are great for developing problem-solving skills as well as learning spatial reasoning and discerning between lefts and rights with our kiddos!

Yield: 1

Car Maze Play Mat

Car Maze Play Mat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0

Materials

  • Poster board
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Markers
  • Ruler

Instructions

  1. Place the car you will be using on the poster board. As you move it around the track use the ruler and pencil to draw a road. Make sure to add in lots of dead ends.
  2. Once you have your final road design, trace over it with a black marker.
  3. Decorate around your road with markers to make trees, houses, buildings, lakes, parks, and more.

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Have you made a car maze with your kids? How did it turn out?

12 Comments

  1. LOVE this idea! Thank you!! My maze loving boy will get a kick out of this!! I love your idea of marking the ‘path’ first! That makes things SO much easier!!!

  2. what a neat idea, I need to be trying more things on your blog

  3. Thank you for sharing your maze ideas!

    Ring true,
    Nancy

  4. Great idea! This would be good for practicing using a straight edge.

  5. What a wonderful idea! And so simple! I think that maze will keep them guessing!

  6. I can vouch for this being a truly captivating activity for young children. The simplest ideas always seem to be the best.

  7. My oldest used to love it when we drew mazes for him. We never made them like this though! You are brilliant!! Your maze rocks!

  8. Hi Rachel,

    I love your post, sincerely. I am actually an elementary art teacher. I was browsing the internet to collect ideas that I could integrate in their activities. Hope you wouldn’t mind me following your steps. I’d love to see more of your post.

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