Build A City (cars, speed, safety)

Build A City (cars, speed, safety)

If your child is interested in cars the “Build A City” activity is perfect for you. All you need is some painters tape and a few toy cars.

Easy to set up and no mess!

Activity – Build A City (1yr+)

Build a city activity with painters tape

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Supply list for “Build A City” Activity

  • Painters Tape – this one is very affordable and it will last you a long time.
  • Cars of your choice – anything you can find at home.
  • Buildings (optional)
  • People (optional)
  • Animals (optional)
  • Trees (optional
  • Boxes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Put painters tape down to create roads (have your children help you). Make sure you try a small piece on the surface you are planning on using to make sure it doesn’t do any damage. I never had this happen, but I want to make sure it won’t. 
  2. Create parking lots. You could use a box for a parking garage.
  3. Create anything else that comes to your mind. You can even “rebuild” your city back home. You could add parks, additional streets, buildings, etc.
  4. Get out cars and have them drive around the city.
  5. Optional – you can add people, animals, trees to create a city feeling.
  6. Remove painters tape when finished (again, have your children help).
  7. Print out Worksheet, Sizes – Cars. Fill in the different sizes (Small, Medium, Large) in your target language. Then have your kids circle the small cars and count them.

First of all, I created this activity because I wanted to make a nice dinner for my husband. I needed the kids to be occupied while I was cooking. As you can see this is an excellent activity if you need to get something done around the house or even for work.

However, it also makes an excellent activity for you and the kids to play together.

Language

Furthermore, after a short set-up they played for hours while we were talking (target language = language you want to practice)  about the following:

Cars

  • What types of cars we were using while focusing on size and color.
  • How many people specific cars/busses can transport like an SUV or a school bus.
  • How cars operate and why they need gasoline.
  • Why cars are essential to our family.

Speed

  • How fast and slow cars can go.
  • What speed is?
  • Fast vehicles (train, airplane).
  • Slow vehicles (scooter, bike).

Safety

  • Inside the car – not to open car door while driving, wearing a seatbelt, sitting in a car seat, not to unbuckle while driving, not to distract the driver, not to throw things out of the car window.
  • Outside the car – not to run in front of a car, holding hands in a parking lot/street, checking the street for cars before crossing, wearing a helmet while driving on the street
  • Obeying street signs like “Stop Sign.” Why school buses have stop signs.

Also, I love this activity because you can go all out and create a city or just create a road and a few parking garages. It’s entirely up to you and your children.

Clean up

Besides, this is probably one of the few activities where your kids will enjoy cleaning up. 😉 They can drive their cars “home.” And removing the tape, easy to remove from tiles, when done playing.

Enjoy!

Hint: The best part is you can leave it for a couple of days and come back to it while you are cooking, etc.

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