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. This train track is simply made with tape and cardboard. Kids can help create the design, apply the tape, and add play pieces such as a train station and passengers.

DIY train tracks for pretend play - Preschool Toolkit

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We started with a piece of cardboard 26x59 inches (66x150 cm) but you can use any size you have on hand, or tape two or more pieces together.  We used black 3/4 inch electrical tape to make the track but it would be fun and creative to use colored tape or craft 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 the 'steel rails' onto the 'ties'. Make small cuts in the tape on the corners to overlap and smooth out the tape.

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.

DIY train tracks for pretend play - Preschool Toolkit


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

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