How to Make Train Tracks for Pretend Play

Kids love playing with trains and locomotives. You can easily extend imaginative play by adding train tracks to the fun. Kids can help design and build the track, and add play pieces such as a train station and passengers.

DIY train tracks for pretend play - Preschool Toolkit

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This train track is simply made with a large piece of cardboard and a roll of electrical tape. 

We started with a piece of cardboard 26 x 59 inches (66 x 150 cm) but you can use any size you have on hand, or tape two or more pieces together. 

We used black electrical tape to make the track but it would be fun and creative to use colored masking tape or washi tape!

The dimensions provided in the instructions below are based on the size of our locomotive.


DIY train tracks for pretend play - Preschool Toolkit



1. Cut 4-inch (10 cm) 'railway ties'  and tape to the cardboard approximately 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) apart.

2. Tape long pieces of tape for the 'steel rails' onto the 'ties'. Make small cuts in the tape on the corners to overlap and smooth out the tape.


DIY train tracks for pretend play - Preschool Toolkit


You can easily extend the play by adding grass, trees and a pond to the area inside the tracks, with crayons, markers, paint, or pieces of felt.

Now you are ready to make a locomotive, a train with train cars and a train station.



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