I always wanted to build a racetrack. Well, sort of. And I thought I could indulge that fantasy and share it with my GG Sprinkles viewers. I decided to use what I had on hand to build my racetrack, and that happened to be poster board, along with tape and markers.
I built a pretty impressive three-lane straightaway, but decided that wasn’t much of a challenge for my race cars, so I built hills in each of my three lanes just to shake things up. That actually worked a little too well, but the craziness only added to the fun. The three cars have been in my when-the-grandkids-visit toy box for a while. These tiny vehicles let no obstacles stand in their way, and they’re very energetic. And a tad noisy. Gracie used to bark incessantly at them when we’d run them in the family room. She’s not a big fan of fast, noisy things. Cooper, on the other hand, is and so I took the cars with me when I nannied. The cars went under every piece of furniture and an appliance or two, but they survived. So these noisy little beauties were just what I needed on my poster board track. I created flags at the finish line and colored them to match the cars and we were good to go.
There aren’t many Sprinkles episodes where I leave the rocking chair and get down on the floor, but this was one. And I had a good time. But it wasn’t just race cars that I wanted to feature; I wanted to do something with roller coasters as well. This was a bit trickier, though. I couldn’t figure out how to build one of those out of poster board. It occurred to me that if I cut strips of plain white paper and taped them together end to end, I could design in miniature any roller coaster I wanted. I have an acrylic ‘table’ I use in my episodes, so I used tape to put the long paper strip on the table, creating loop-the-loops, drops, and death-defying hills. I hoped the kids might decide to create their own racetracks and design their own roller coasters.
I wrote poetry about things that go fast and riding roller coasters. Part of the underlying message here is that sometimes things that scare us become some of our favorites once we try them. In this case, you need only to take that first ride on a roller coaster and then chances are you’ll want another. And another. And the screams as you loop the loop and leave your breath behind you on that last steep drop are a major part of the fun. ❤️