DIY printable car track and crayola race car drawing

DIY printable car track and crayola race car drawing

I have been exploring a little bit on a process where I create a printable page in Microsoft Word and then send it over to have it printed onto large blueprint type paper at our local office supply store called Staples…

Blueprint paper comes in many sizes and the black and white printing prices range $5.oo and below. This car mat was drawn as an 81/2 by 11 inch document but blown up on Staples’ largest blueprint paper to 36 x 48 inches. I created the document in Microsoft Word, saved it, then emailed it to my local store along with instruction to have it printed on 36 x 48 standard blueprint paper.  The enlarged car mat was ready for pick up from Staples the very next day…

This is the kind of thing that I could have laminated but for today, I wanted the children to be able to color and play on it…

The children started out by coloring the houses and many of the children decided to claim at least one house as their own. When I came by the table to take a look, I found that some of the children had written their name under their house. I asked them to tell me which house was theirs and I heard replies like, “I live in house number 12!” …

I set out crayons and cars for the children to use on the car mat and then we taped a few crayons to the cars for a new type and combination of drawing and driving…

The children colored and played on the car mat through out the morning…

I left the materials out most of the day for the children to come and go as they please…

Before long, one of the children decided to add a few road blocks on the car mat so he brought out a few wooden blocks to play with on the car mat…

After our morning of play, I simply rolled up the car mat and tucked it away for another day of play…

Click here for the Printable Car Mat.


Available on Amazon

Links to Grow On

This post is linked up to No Time for Flash Cards early learning Link and Learn!

and to…

Classified: Mom


  • Lauren Brown Posted April 22, 2012 9:40 am

    What an awesome idea! My son would love this! Any chance you could share the word document you created? I’m not sure how to create my own.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 22, 2012 10:08 am

    Hi Lauren,
    I have added a link to the printable car mat at the end of my post. It is a pdf you can download 🙂

  • Tina Posted April 22, 2012 10:43 am

    There is also a wonderful website called where you can enlarge any of your pictures and it will print them out as a
    Poster you tape together. I live in a rural area ( 5 hours north of any major centre) so when i stumbled upon this gem for enlarging I was thrilled! I am going to try this car mat when i get to work tomorrow. Thanks Deborah!

  • Shonda Posted April 22, 2012 11:01 am

    Love it!

  • Karen Posted April 22, 2012 11:02 am

    Deborah you never cease to amaze and inspire. I am fortunate enough to have access to a poster maker where you simply put in your 8 1/2 x 11 and it prints out a poster. We are doing this tomorrow! Thank you for adding the pdf, too. I feel like looking at your site is cheating a bit– you have the best ideas and you’ve done them with your kids so we already know they will work!

  • Lauren Brown Posted April 22, 2012 12:33 pm

    Thank you SO much!

  • Tami Posted April 22, 2012 1:59 pm

    I shared this amazing idea on my facebook fan page. I would of never thought to make a blue print size. You have amazing visions!


  • Julie Locke Posted April 22, 2012 4:36 pm

    I love this idea! I had never thought about making such a large mat before – thanks for the great idea.

  • jen Posted April 22, 2012 5:01 pm

    I have done something similar but only drawn in the roads and the kids get to draw in houses, ponds, schools ect. On the blocks

  • Barbaral Posted April 22, 2012 5:04 pm

    What a great idea…our students would love the “large size” car mat. Off I go to Staples this week :).
    Deborah, I have a question or should I say I am looking for suggestions and perhaps you can help!
    We have large classes this year 16-18 3,4 and 5 year olds together as a group. Our daily routine has been that as they arrive and put thier pictures in attendance chart , then go to tables for a simple activity such as name printing, puzzles, stringing beads etc for approx 15 minutes until everyone is there. What I am looking for is alternate arrival activities that basically can be done independently and are open ended…How do your students begin their day?

  • [email protected] Posted April 22, 2012 8:52 pm

    Wonderful idea!!! I have used blockposters before but it is time consuming to put it together and not seamless like blueprint paper. I am definitely going to try this.

  • Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam Posted April 22, 2012 11:40 pm

    Great idea! The price isn’t bad either! This would be wonderful for some of my larger mandalas. It’s such a chore drawing them on poster board. It would make life so much easier to make it regular size and have Staples enlarge it for me. =)

  • Kat Posted April 23, 2012 12:36 am

    Just placed my order at Staples 🙂 will pick up tomorrow for 3 boys under 3 to do on Wednesday when it’s supposed to rain!

    Thank you for your awesome ideas for kiddos! AND for keeping your blog so updated! I’m impressed!


  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 8:57 pm

    Why thank you Kat! Did your order work out okay for you? This was my first time trying this and it worked like a charm for me.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 8:57 pm

    It would be awesome for your mandalas!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 8:58 pm

    I haven’t tried block posters but have seen them. I thought this might be a nice change in our daily routine.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 8:59 pm

    We loved things very large in our classroom! LOL! This way, everyone gets to play!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 9:00 pm

    Thank you for sharing Tami!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 9:01 pm

    Haha – well it isn’t cheating if I am handing it over – it is a gift! Thank you for reading along with me:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 9:01 pm

    Thanks for the tip Tina! It is nice to know of other resources folks can use!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 9:03 pm

    We did it by just drawing a large mat too and that was also fun but I thought this would bring in a new large group experience for the children to explore:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 9:12 pm

    Hi Barbara,
    We have gone back and forth with different ideas but since we have such a short day, we found it best to have the children come in – move their name over on the name chart to “at school” – hang up their jacket and backpack then come and sit down on the carpet. I usually use the waiting time for the children to tell me about their morning and on some occasions, the children will pick a book or puzzle out to do but because the children know we are going to jump right in and get started with our morning circle, they just like to talk with me or Miss Abby while we wait on the others. I don’t make them sit and wait – they often run to the door and greet each other or help each other hang up back packs or remind each other to do the attendance chart. In other words – it is a flurry of morning hellos and chatter until I announce that it is time for everyone to come and join in for circletime. I have the table set up for what we will be doing after circletime already. So when the children arrive, they also often walk around and look at what is out. They know they need to wait until after circletime before they can play with the materials but they like to look things over and ask me what it is for. I often say – “well, it is a surprise” or “we are going to find out as soon as we finish circle time.” This gets everyone over to circle time pretty quick so we can get on with our day.


  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 23, 2012 9:17 pm

    I thought I would mention that one idea I do like is called a “tray system.” A tray system is simply setting up different trays with simple – non-messy activities on each tray… Usually each tray is different and they are easy to set out and when you don’t need them, you simply stack them up and put them on the shelf or other place. Activities like file folder games or velcro puzzles or magnets are kept on each tray then switched out through out the year. Each child can choose a tray then put it back up and choose another tray as desired.

  • Kat Posted April 23, 2012 11:18 pm

    Just picked it up! Looks great! At Xmas I’m definitely making a HUGE Xmas tree and letting them make their own ornaments to stick on 🙂

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *