Aaron Likes Cars
Aaron has discovered lots of ways to play with his
model cars. Maybe you can use some of his ideas!
|Cars and Trains|
Aaron enjoys arranging his cars into
patterns on the floor.
|Two-year-old Aaron has just arranged his entire collection into what he calls a "car tower."||Four-year-old Aaron still makes "car towers," but now he has a lot more cars!|
|Aaron also makes
"car triangles," and other shapes.
Aaron's favorite fantasy games use both his
model cars and wooden railways, like Brio™
and Thomas the Tank Engine™.
|Just like real
cars, Aaron's model cars must wait for the trains to pass. Then they
cross the tracks, "bumpity bump!"
The cars back up at the crossing as they wait.
|Sometimes the backups get really long!||And sometimes the backups get really fancy!|
Sometimes Aaron calls his arrangements
of cars "parking lots." The car drivers talk to
each other as they look for a place to park.
|Parking lots are often right next to railroad tracks. First the cars cross the tracks, and then they park.|
|Some parking lots are made with blocks.|
Sometimes Aaron parks his cars in garages,
instead of on the floor.
|Aaron has four plastic garages, all bought used -- at garage sales! We've found that little kids' garages, made by PlaySkool® and FisherPrice®, hold up much better than garages made for older kids.|
|Aaron uses his garages just like he uses parking lots -- for fantasy play.|
Aaron makes highways with blocks. They
are elevated, just like some of the Interstate
highways near our home.
|Aaron uses long blocks to make bridges, and cardboard and masking tape to make entrance ramps.|
Aaron uses play mats once in awhile -- but you
can't change them, so he gets bored pretty quickly.
|We bought this plastic mat at a garage sale.||This mat was a tablecloth, bought for Aaron's birthday party.|
Sidewalk cities are more fun than play mats.
They are outside, and Daddy draws them
differently every time.
|Even on the sidewalk, Aaron's cars still go "bumpity bump!"|
|Aaron took an old plastic shelf, turned it upside down, and made it into his "car museum."|
|Once or twice a
week, Aaron dumps big bags of play dough on the kitchen table. He
molds the dough into mountains, roads, and bridges. Then he drives
his model cars around, over, and though his squishy landscape.
Sometimes they get stuck!
We make our own play dough using recipes we found on the Web. We like the following recipe because it makes lots of play dough:
|Sometimes Daddy buries Aaron's polished rocks in play dough, and then Aaron digs them out.|
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This page was created on March 12, 2001, and it was last updated on March 3, 2002.