This week I decided to focus on vehicles. One of Strawberry’s favorite books is Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. Let’s face it: it’s one of my favorite books too!
There is so much to enjoy on every page. My oldest child’s first imaginary friend was “Goldbug,” the little creature who hides out on every page.
As I pondered what activities we could do to correlate to the book, I thought of making our own little town to drive around, something more compact that I could fold in a storage envelope for easy retrieval when we revisit this subject again. A few simple printables make this just the imagination activity for my little one!
Vehicle Town magnets is the first part of my Vehicle Town set. I put some roads (which I made) together with some houses and buildings into a special little town. It’s two pages, and after laminating they easily fold together. I put these on our magnet board (I also could use my cheap baking sheet I have for just this purpose) and we are set to go.
Then I printed the vehicles on cardstock, glued them to a piece of foam, and cut them out with a straight Ex-acto knife when the glue was dry. Some sturdy tape keeps the magnet in place on the reverse. Although I could easily pull the magnet off and reuse them on a different game, I’m surprised by how well they stay on the foam vehicles while playing! I may just keep them in this set, because it sure is fun!
You could also simply keep the vehicles with the roads without worrying about the magnet board or the magnets: I love how the magnets follow along the road and keep the many vehicles in place!
Strawberry enjoyed being silly by putting the airplane on the roads (instead of the airport) and the boats wanted to go on the roads too. She loves ambulances and fire trucks, so those prompted some fun and noisy minutes of “rescuing” other cars from the fire. I love hearing her little voices as she has the vehicles “talk” to one another. In all, I’d say it was a success!
Raisin loves this too, apparently! I was finishing up the final touches when they came in this morning. Both of them insisted on playing for a little while before breakfast. Sounds good to me!
As a free download for you, I’ve also created a “Does It Go?” sort page with silly things like a banana, a window, and a bucket in addition to a car, a bike, and a little red wagon. Richard Scarry’s BusyTown book has a variety of silly “cars” so now Strawberry can sort out the real versus the not real vehicles.
To coordinate, I also sent some of these activities in her workbox today:
- A car-themed coloring book and crayons
- Cars and trains stickers
- A train puzzle
- A roll of masking tape and some Matchbox cars for making roads and driving on them
In all, I love our magnet game! I have all sorts of additional ideas for magnet games to create.
The Vehicle Town Template is available for purchase in my shop!