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My Own Road

Book: The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities

Toys & Games/Manipulatives/Table Toys/Fine Motor






Gross Motor


2 Years Old


Large Group

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masking tape or painters tape
permanent markers in a variety of colors (adult only)


1. Use the masking tape to create a network of “roads” on the classroom
floor. Keep the design simple, but include a few intersections to make
things interesting. Make this network as large or as small as you please.
2. Make sure you have one complete road (with a beginning and an end)
for each child.
3. At the beginnings of the roads, put three pieces of masking tape to
create a small square. Use a marker to print each child’s name and a
road name. For example, “Caitlyn Circle,” “Clayton Court,” “Ashton Alley,”
“Lucy Lane,” and “Devonte Drive.” Using alliteration is a nice addition but
it is not necessary.
4. Show the children where their individual roads begin.
5. Add small cars and trucks to the props and materials in the block center.
Encourage each child to use a car or truck to explore their road.
Encourage the children to use polite words and kind actions when they
meet up with another child and vehicle at an intersection.
6. Let the children explore and use the roads during center time.
More to do Create traffic
signs using
small square
pieces and
small dowel
rods. Cut a
square of
cardboard for
the base.
Attach the
dowel rod
using a small
dot of hot
glue. Create a
sign (STOP,
MERGE, ONE WAY) and attach it to the top of the dowel rod. Add these to
the block center to enhance play.
Provide small trucks and small items for the children to place in the trucks.
Related song We’re Riding in Our Cars
(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
We’re riding in our cars,
We’re riding in our cars,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
We’re riding in our cars.
We’re going to the fair,
We’re going to the fair,
Hi-ho, the derry-o,
We’re going to the fair.
(Continue, naming other familiar destinations.)

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