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We are renters and it happens that every single room in our house except the bathroom is carpeted (even the kitchen...ugh). One of the issues that this causes is that there is no where in the house for my son to play with toys that require flatness. Stuff like small rc cars/robots, zhu zhu pets, matchbox cars, etc - just get stuck in the pile of the rug.
I was thinking about making a small square - maybe 2'x2' or even 3'x3' - with a slight lip around it - to allow him to play with such toys in his room. I'm not terribly handy though - so I'm not sure what material would be best to do this. I would want something light so he can move it himself and store it as needed - but strong enough to not break if a 6 yr old kid steps on it.
Any ideas on good materials to use that would be easy to work with?