Cars and Brick Roads

As part of our garden renovation, we had to move about 300 block paving bricks to clear a space for our new patio. It took a lot longer than I expected and was back breaking work (I am so unfit). While we were outside, I set this activity up partly so I had fewer bricks to carry and partly to keep Sophie entertained.

I arranged a few of the bricks in a rectangle shape and drew some road markings on with chalk. I have mentioned before that Sophie seems to have the enclosing schema so I wasn’t surprised when she sat right in the middle to play.

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She enjoyed using the chalk to draw her own road markings onto the bricks as well as pushing the cars around and making ‘brrrmm brrrmm’ sounds.

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I plan to extend this activity by including some loose parts in Sophie’s play area so that she can create her own structures. I love the use of the logs, painted wooden planks and the drain pipes in this activity from Forest School which were used to create a race course. It has lots of scope for older children too who could use different materials to make ramps then investigate which ramps the cars travel the fastest on.

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This activity is good for:

  • Shape, space and measure – I arranged the bricks for Sophie but as she gets older she could create her own simple structures and arrangements.
  • The World – playing with small-world models such as cars and roads.
  • The World – exploring that things are used in different ways e.g. a toy car for pushing.
  • Being Imaginative – beginning to make-believe by pretending.

Anna

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