DIY printable car track and crayola race car drawing

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I have been exploring a little bit on a process where I create a printable page in Microsoft Word and then send it over to have it printed onto large blueprint type paper at our local office supply store called Staples…

Blueprint paper comes in many sizes and the black and white printing prices range $5.oo and below. This car mat was drawn as an 81/2 by 11 inch document but blown up on Staples’ largest blueprint paper to 36 x 48 inches. I created the document in Microsoft Word, saved it, then emailed it to my local store along with instruction to have it printed on 36 x 48 standard blueprint paper.  The enlarged car mat was ready for pick up from Staples the very next day…

This is the kind of thing that I could have laminated but for today, I wanted the children to be able to color and play on it…

The children started out by coloring the houses and many of the children decided to claim at least one house as their own. When I came by the table to take a look, I found that some of the children had written their name under their house. I asked them to tell me which house was theirs and I heard replies like, “I live in house number 12!” …

I set out crayons and cars for the children to use on the car mat and then we taped a few crayons to the cars for a new type and combination of drawing and driving…

The children colored and played on the car mat through out the morning…

I left the materials out most of the day for the children to come and go as they please…

Before long, one of the children decided to add a few road blocks on the car mat so he brought out a few wooden blocks to play with on the car mat…

After our morning of play, I simply rolled up the car mat and tucked it away for another day of play…

Click here for the Printable Car Mat.

 

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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