Children are always on the go and are looking at ways to move. They watch their parents get in to a car every day and transport them from one place to another.

In a car we have the opportunity to engage with our children with what they see in the outside world.  This facilitates children’s understanding of movement, their right and left when we turn, going fast and slow and stopping. Each lesson can be taught while doing an everyday task.

To help children understand how a car works I thought we could make our own cars using simple items from around the house.

What you need:

  • Big cardboard box
  • Four big lids of a coffee container or formula containers
  • Scissors to cut a petrol tank
  • Foil for the headlights
  • Toothbrush for the windscreen wipers
  • Lego to make the passengers
  • Paint to decorate

How to make the car:

  1. Cut out the shape of your car, you may need to help your child at this stage to get the shape.
  2. Cut out little seats for the passengers or use blocks if available.
  3. Cut semi circular holes for the wheels and attach them to the car with cable ties.
  4. Glue on the windscreen wipers.
  5. Cut out shapes for the lights.
  6. Create Lego passengers and put them in the car.
  7. Paint and decorate and have fun.

This activity will help with utilising both sides of the body, motor planning and eye hand coordination.

Have fun exploring with your cars!

Contributed by Amiee Collison of Clamber Club Sports – Randpark Ridge
Tel: 072 027 9214