My daughter loves cars, I think she gets it from her dad who has a passion with rebuilding classic cars. She spends hours playing with her car collection but the one thing we don’t have is a floor car mat. But then the other day I came across Alpha Mom blog which had a great example of how to make a toy car road map by using nothing more than masking tape and a black pen.
Picture taken from Alpha Mom Blog
So I went to the pound store and bought a couple of rolls of masking tape and took to our living room floor to create a road map for my daughters beloved cars.
I stuck the masking tape in a circle (almost circle) on going road and then drew black lines every now and again down the center of the masking take strip to create the road markings. To the side of the road I created car parking spaces for the cars waiting to use the road.
When my daughters came home from school they were ecstatic to find I had made them a road map and my eldest door went straight away to her room returning with her basket of cars. After a lot of persuading she did change from her school uniform before playing racing cars. My youngest daughter who would normally prefer to play with dolls rather than cars was also excited to get started playing with the road map. After persuading her sister to lend her some cars to play with she turned the car parking spaces into her own race track.
This activity latest all evening until they went to bed, it was even really hard to pull them away to eat their tea which is unheard off in our house. They even enjoyed packing this activity away when it was bath time, as they had just as much enjoyment ripping the masking tape off the floor as they did playing with the road map its self.
Note to self this activity will be a great one to bring out of the bag on wet weather days!
How do you improvise road maps for your children?