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Aaron Likes Cars

Playing with Model Cars

Aaron has discovered lots of ways to play with his 
model cars.  Maybe you can use some of his ideas!

Arranging Cars
Cars and Trains
Parking Lots
Garage Play
Highways
Play Mats
Sidewalk Cities
Car Museum
Play Dough

   

Arranging Cars

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 circles,"
"car triangles," and other shapes.

   

Cars and Trains

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!

  

Parking Lots

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.

   

Garage Play

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.

   

Highways

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.

  

Play Mats

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

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!" 

 

Car Museum

Aaron took an old plastic shelf, turned it upside down, and made it into his "car museum."

   

Play Dough

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:

http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/pep/playdo.htm 

 

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.