- Poster board or large piece of cardboard
- Blocks and animals for “destinations”
|As you can see I am not the best artist but it really doesn’t matter. Just do your best.|
This activity really is so simple to put together but it has some great educational value to it. If you are like me, you want your kiddos to have fun exploring and playing but also want what they are doing to have some meaning and purpose. These road maps help create a foundation for writing as well as listening and following directions. Because the roads are straight, zig zag, and curved it helps to teach writing strokes that will be used later on. By creating “destinations” I was able to give Spencer directions for his cars to follow. For example, I put a dinosaur at the end of one road and a block at the end of another. I then told him to drive the car to a certain toy.
I’ll be honest, getting him to drive his cars to the “destinations” didn’t always work so great. He 23 months old so he is easily distracted. However, this activity has been a huge hit and success with him. I originally did this activity with him several days ago. He is still entertained with it and plays with it every day. I’m actually now going to put the poster board onto some cardboard to make it sturdier so he can play with it even longer. He loves driving his cars all over the place and I love that we found an activity that is keeping him entertained but is also secretly educational. This easy to make, cheap road map has really been a lifesaver for us to distract Spencer from being bored and creating his own “fun”.
|Sorry, this picture is blurry. I had to be a sneaky ninja with the camera otherwise Spencer would have seen it and not let me take a picture. He also decided that using his big cars along with the little ones would be a good idea.|