A few days ago, I found a large piece of paper that I’d set aside for a future project. I think it came to me as packaging material at some date long ago. I decided it had been collecting dust on the shelf long enough and to put it to use. But what to do?
The idea came to me while one of my daycare kids was playing cars. As I watched him drive the cars around the table, I wondered how I could bring some new elements into his play. Then I remembered the paper.
I brought the paper over and asked him if he’d like to draw some roads. He was immediately interested. I offered some crayons and we both got to work.
We started with roads, then began adding buildings, forests, lakes and parking lots. He was more interested in driving and coming up with ideas than drawing, so I asked for suggestions as we went along.
When he named buildings I labeled them immediately, spelling out the words while he watched.
After some time, the crayons were discarded in honor of focusing on play. We visited various locations including the zoo, the ice cream shop and the dog park. We revisited the written names as well as the art.
How Does this Transportation Activity Support Literacy?
This transportation activity is a ton of fun and supports a lot of learning! Not only does it stimulate creativity and offer a chance to be artistic, it is a great way to support literacy development through play.
Writing down children’s ideas makes writing exciting. Sounding out words while you spell them demonstrates phonics. Revisiting the names of landmarks and buildings shows why writing is important. All while playing cars!