Start your engines! 9 awesome road mats for little revheads

Beep beep mum, move out of the way dad and move over sis, I’m coming through. Little revheads will spend hours of imaginary play driving around and around their very own racetrack activity rug.

More than just a toy prop, these race track play rugs make a decorating statement in the play room or nursery. Whether your home decorating style is mono cool or colourful and bright, we’ve found a rug to suit.

Here are nine of our favourite racetrack play mats to get your engines started.

Dakar rally

For car adventures near and far comes the Dakar play mat ($91.50). This road play mat from Etsy seller The Bears Design will deliver fun in spades.

Race you

IVI interactive road rug play mat

Have the finish line in sight with the IVI Interactive Play Rug ($174.95). Carpet softness is good on the knees, too.

City limits

Kmart road play mat

It’s a road play mat jigsaw! The Cityscape Activity Mat ($16) from Kmart comes in four foam pieces to create a busy city scene.

Zoom zoom

OYOY Adventure rug road play mat

A simple design with a curved road on the handprinted OYOY Adventure Rug ($97.95) will make for happy children – and happy parents who won’t mind having this road play mat out of the play room.

On the road

Le Toy Van car play mat

Lots to discover along these roads including a fire station, garage, hospital and town hall. The Le Toy Van First Town Play Mat ($49.95) has a non-slip backing.


Octopus and road floor play mat Etsy Wow Mom

Which way will the octopus’ tentacles take you? The Octopus and Road Floor Mat ($155) from Etsy seller Wow Mom  has eight options to take little cars on a new journey.

Pack and play

This beauty will let the kids play cars to their hearts’ content … and then make the whole clean-up easier too. It’s the Play and Go 2-in-1 Storage and Toy Mat ($62.95) and it’s genius.

Tabletop tracks

Babee & Me table top car play mat

A mini road play mat that’s just the right size to take with you or for placing on a side table to keep little wheels away from little siblings. The wool felt Table Top Play Pad ($43.95) is from Etsy designer Babee & Me.

Honk and drive

Ikea Lekplats road rug

Playing cars is serious business, so a rubber packing keeps the IKEA Lekplats Rug ($29.99) right where you want it.

Beep Beep

Pottery Barn Kids Rugs

Construction trucks move gravel and orange cones mark the path on this imaginative rug from Pottery Barn Kids ($549) perfect for a playroom.

And when it’s time to pack it all away check out our next article about creative ways to store toy cars collections.