Battery Powered Car Racing: Plan this kid’s activity in a large area to ensure that participants have enough room for their race. Many kids enjoy battery powered cars because they are like a smaller version of real automobiles. These products allow kids to “drive” around on the pavement with ease. A yard will be sufficient if there are only a small number of children participating in this racing activity. You may have to get a permit to close your street for the day for a larger party. School gyms, parks and basketball courts are other places where this auto racing activity can be planned. Make a race track using yellow or orange cones.
You can also use other items like small bricks, sand bags, stones and green or yellow tape. Make a finish line at the end of the track using a soft ribbon and greet the winners with checkered flags. Auto racing activities for kids like this one can also be planned as a community event. Otherwise, you will have to make sure that all participants have their own battery powered car. These automobiles are not cheap and can cost over $300. Power Wheels have been a popular brand of battery powered cars. There are other options of battery powered cars available for young kids.
Radio Controlled Car Race: This is among the auto racing activities for kids that can be easily planned in and around the house. Draw a rack track in your basement or backyard using sidewalk chalk. The chalk can also be substituted for small pieces of clay. The track will have to be wide if kids will be racing each other simultaneously. You can also get the kids to race each other by timing each run around the track.
Kids who complete the course in the least amount of time would be the winners. A “top 10” list could be created much like professional motorsports or even have a “chase” theme for this kid’s activity. All participants should either own or borrow a radio controlled car. However, these are not too expensive that you cannot provide them for participants. Radio controlled cars cost between $19.99 and $30 at the low end. You could also give them out as prizes during these auto racing activities for kids.
Pit Crew Race Car Challenge: Careful planning is required for a pit crew type of race. It is one of the most interactive auto racing activities for kids. Set up two or three stations in your home depending on the number of kids participating. These stations should have all of the necessary tools needed to build a race car. You can save some money by using supplies around the home or purchasing small craft items.
There are a few tutorials on making toy cars that can be found online. Show the kids how to make a model car before this challenge. Afterward, time them on building their own using the same materials. There are also car kits available from Creativity for Kids, Automoblox, EZ Build and other companies that can be purchased for this racing activity. Divide the kids up into small groups and have each station race to complete a working car.