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Children are naturally drawn to cars and other mobile toys. Let your child experiment with their vehicles before suggesting a particular game. Do you feel like your child is ready to expand their vehicle research? Here are some of our favorite ways to play with vehicles:
Develop a world
Collect blocks or other building tools and add them to the play area. Encourage your child to think about how their cars and trucks work in a specific place (real or imaginary). Where do you park What are you driving on? How do you know when to stop and leave? Use the building materials to develop this environment. Ask questions that stimulate storytelling and bring the world to life: Who drives the blue car? Where is the taco truck going? What happens in the event of an accident?
Practice sorting and creating categories
If your household has a large collection of vehicles, collect them all in one room and figure out how you could organize them. Start with categories like size, color and shape and then more complex ones like function, speed and number of wheels. If your child likes the process, consider using the sorting as a tool to encourage post-game tidying up. Empower your child by giving them responsibility for the process. How would you like to organize your collection? Provide containers and labels and work together to create storage space that is fun and functional. Repeat the process every few months with different categories to keep your child motivated and motivated. If this method works with your vehicles, try other toys too!
Experiment with inclines and speeds
Collect building elements like boxes, wood and poster box. Discuss with your child how you can use it to create slopes. Work together to create a variety of different ramps, then experiment! Note that vehicles move faster on certain inclines than on others. Why does your child think this is so? Introduce words like “angle”, “steep” and “speed”. Set up races to test different variables: Which car is the slowest when everyone is on the same ramp? On which ramp do vehicles move the fastest? Can you connect two ramps at different angles? What if you try?
Test outdoor terrain
Go out! Take your transport toy with you into the yard, park, or on a stroll through your neighborhood. Encourage your child to experiment with their cars on different surfaces and terrains. Ask questions: how does it feel to drive on the lawn? What about the sidewalk? Can this truck drive up a tree? Under a bush? Through the mulch? Children will enjoy the different sensory experiences of each material and will likely want to experiment more. Think about ways to create environments that you may not have access to nearby. For example, create a runway out of ice by filling a sheet pan with water and freezing it. How do cars drive in a frozen tundra? Do they move differently when the ice begins to melt?
Find resources and do research
Ask your child about the cars and trucks they are playing with. Do you all know their names? Who is driving them? How do they work If your child is curious to find out more about their vehicles, take the opportunity to do some research. Discuss where you could look for more information. Think of books, magazines, experts, and articles. If your child is engaged, go for a walk or drive and see vehicles in the real world. See if you can find any that are similar to those in your child’s collection. Consider documenting your findings by creating a diary page for each vehicle with photos, drawings, and / or notes detailing what you discovered together. The next time your child takes out their transport toy, watch how they bring their new knowledge to the game.