cardboard tubes + box = hours of fun! We pieced together TP and paper towel tubes. Used marbles. The kiddo loved it and even still pulls it out to roll the marbles into a dump truck. He wont' let me toss any cardboard tubes now.
DIY Sand and Rock Box by FSPDT. Gdjk -> made this with toilet rolls (aka tunnels) and moon sand instead of play sand. My son loved playing with it. The moon sand cleans up nicely indoors but play sand will be easier to play with when using the small cars.
portable roads that are easy for kids to put together and will travel easily, made out of old denim and yellow paint. velcro helps them stick to carpet - awesome idea! I'm so doing this with a pair of my old jeans!