DIY paper car mat

On my list of things to do is to make a set of felt car mats for the block center but I just haven’t had the time. Since I haven’t had the time to make a felt car mat, I decided we could improvise and make a paper car mat…

I placed a large sheet of butcher paper inside a large box and invited the children to come and help me make a car mat…

This was actually my own project but I was glad to see some of the children decide they wanted to join in…

Before long, we had roads, parking lots, parks, houses, trees, swings, and anything else the children decided our car mat needed….

And once the car mat was completed the children brought over cars to give it a try…

The car mat was then moved to the floor area over by the block center for even more play…

And somehow, a giraffe ended up in the middle of the road…

We have had this car mat for over two months now and sometimes I take the paper out so I can use the box but the kids always ask me to put it back into the box for more play…

I think this is probably one of the least expensive investments I have made in the block center and yet it is definitely the most popular item used in the block center…

So I will continue to put off the felt car mats for now and perhaps when the children get board with this mat, we will just color us another one!

By |2012-03-23T16:00:49+00:00March 23rd, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Teach_Ohio March 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I loved making these when I was a child! We never had big paper, so my siblings and I would tear off all the covers from our coloring books and tape them together and draw a city on the white side. I haven’t tried making one with my Pre-Kinders, but I might have to try it! I love it when simple, inexpensive projects become some of the most well-loved!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      I love how you improvised! And I love the simple activities too!

  2. Barbaral March 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    So many great ideas….Thanks so much, Deborah. It appears that you do preschool 24/7. Bet you have a patient husband!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 24, 2012 at 12:29 am - Reply

      I have a very patient husband – most of the time:)

  3. Donna March 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    We made these with refrigerator boxes for our family. The map could be folded and stored. The first one lasted about 3 years even being used occasionally outside.

  4. debra July 13, 2012 at 12:00 am - Reply

    This is really a cute idea. We use black construction paper, cut into strips and the students make white lines down the middle to make roads for their cars. We also use small and medium boxes for buildings.

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