I love having my little guy in the kitchen with me, but sometimes I just need to get dinner on the table or the dishwasher loaded without any little hands helping me. I needed a fun distraction for him that didn't mean bringing in a ton of toys from the living room. And so Mickey's Refrigerator Road was born.
My son it almost three years old and is totally obsessed with cars and trucks. He's got so many matchbox cars that I'm running out of room to store them! I tried making a road map on the floor with masking tape but it ended up just being a tape pulling experience for him. He would not leave it on the floor!
Enter duct tape… It’s much stronger and gave me the hold and look I was going for. Add some stickers and magnet cars and I've got a new play space that my son can't get enough of. It's also helped me get a lot more done in the kitchen!
For this project I used
•Black Duct Tape
•Yellow Duct Tape
•1/2 inch Round Magnets
•Hot Glue Gun
•Mickey Mouse Stickers
First, I made the magnet cars. I glued some strong magnets to the bottoms with hot glue. I recommend using a cheaper plastic car for this. Hot Wheels cars have a lot of metal in them and are heavier than plastic cars. They will hold much better if a light weight car is used.
Next up was the road. I measured my refrigerator door, pre-planned the dimensions of the squares, and made a rough sketch of how it would look. (It always helps me to have a visual plan before I start something)
I put down the outer square and the inner crossroads. Then I added the road lines with strips of the yellow duct tape that I cut off.
Place some fun stickers around the "neighborhood" and it's time to get crusin'!
I'm so happy with my little refrigerator road map project. And my son absolutely loves it too. He's having so much fun playing in the kitchen while mommy makes dinner.