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{Ten for Tuesday} Things That Go Series: Week #3 - Cars!

If you have been following the series, you know that we have done trains and trucks so far (in order of how much Wild Thing preference). Cars are definitely a close 3rd for him. You will also know that we share 10 ways to learn/play/read/create/eat, etc. with our favored mode of transportation for that week. Please enjoy this cars activities round up! 

1. Reading + Learning with Cars - The Pleasantest Thing says that Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry is a hit at her house and shared a fun activity that she did with the book (her activity uses real food, but you could also do it with pretend food and/or playdough). In Lieu of Preschool recommends I Can Draw: Cars and Trucks by Terry Longhurst, though I think Wild Thing is not quite ready for this one, My Little Bookcase highlighted Who's Driving on her site (a Leo Timmers book that looks fantastic) and Teach Preschool recommends My Car by Byron Burton and shows how she had students make cars after reading the book

2. Winter Sensory Play with Cars - Shaving Cream offers great snowy/winter play with cars like In Lieu of Preschool did with her kids.

3. Pretend Play with Cars: Big + Little Car Wash Activities - A favorite quiet time/chill out activity for Wild Thing is our hot wheels/matchbox cars car wash, which is also great for fine motor skills. We also have lots of fun, though, washing the big cars outside too! 

4. Pretend Play with Cars #2: Small World Car Play - I have many small world play set-ups/activities to share: Connecting Family and Seoul shared about how her son learns, creates and observes through roadway play, Go Kid Yourself shares the car mat she uses with her son, and Inspiration Laboratories shows how much fun a Lego/MegaBlock race track can be. Wild Thing loves doing this with his Mega Blocks. Teach Preschool also has a printable car track for small world play (and coloring fun).

5. Painting Cars + Painting with Cars - Wild Thing recently initiated a car painting activity when playing with some colored ice cubes. His cars were nearby and he asked for a paintbrush and started painting them. I love child-led activities like this. (The coloring comes right off the cars too).
Image on left from NurtureStore painting activity and on bottom right from Craft to Art.
NurtureStore shared some great roller painting using cars (+trucks). The tires make interesting patterns, and Loving My Nest also did some painting with cars with her kids. A fun creative take on this is painting with cars on a slide from Craft to Art.  

6. Recycled Car Crafts - As you know, almost all of our crafts utilize recycled materials so I had to share this toilet paper roll car from Craft to Art, as well as our recycled material car world inspired by Radiator Springs from the Cars movie. We are still adding to it!

Toilet paper rolls and coffee filters for the Cozy Cone and cut up toilet paper rolls into rings for tires at the tire store.
7. Draw and Drive with Cars - I absolutely LOVE this creative activity from Putti's World and Little Moments to Embrace - both attached markers to cars to create fun drawings and patterns with their little ones. So amazingly clever! I will have to try this with Wild Thing. 

8. Car-Inspired Food - We used wheel-shaped pasta and cheese to make cars for dinner last night, and Red Ted Art made some adorable traffic light and car cookies. We will have to try this Create-A-Car snack activity from JDaniel4's mom, which uses bananas for the wheels - brilliant! 

9. Make a Cardboard Car (of course) - We made a quick and simple cardboard car for Wild Thing when we had our pretend library/coffee shop outing at home (literally, put him in the box with a steering wheel toy), but Loving My Nest has a cardboard car kids can wear! And, of course, Here Come the Girls also has a great police car cardboard box, since she had the amazing cardboard box train that we featured two weeks ago I was not surprised. 

Loving My Nest cardboard car on left. Here Comes the Girls cardboard car top right. 
10. Just Play! - I always end every Ten for Tuesday Transportation round up with this because open-ended, imaginative play can never be beat. I know Wild Thing and Caterpillar love to drive, swoop, and race their cars and love discovering new ways to play. Another great play activity that I love, inspired by Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth, is the idea of creating a sand tunnel and of car play in the sandbox from JDaniel4's mom, a good reminder that the sandbox is not just for trucks.

(#11) PARTY!! I am cheating this week by adding one more thing after #10 because Red Ted Art created a cars themed party for her little ones that I just had to share.

And Red Ted Art has this cute car wrapping paper, perfect for Christmas. In Lieu of Preschool also shared some cool wrapping paper and a few cars painting activities that you should also check out.

Finally, If you love this transportation series, you will also want to see the Montessori-Inspired Transportation Unit over at Living Montessori Now, and remember that I have a Things That Go! Pinboard that has many of these activities and many more activities for kids obsessed with all things transportation. Now, it is your turn -- how do your kids like to play with cars? (P.S. Next time - buses!)

Things That Go Series: 
Ten for Tuesday: Trucks!
Ten for Tuesday: Trains!


  1. Awesome ideas! Thanks so much for including my post! I pinned your post to my Transportation Unit Study Board at

  2. Those are great ideas. I love the cardboard box car and the road and cars made from recycled materials. The painting with cars also looks like a lot of fun.

  3. Great ideas! Pinning this for sure. Love he cardboard box car. My daughter made one in Kinder and she had so much fun with it in her classroom parade. Very different cars made just from boxes.

  4. I love all these car ideas! A car wash sounds like so much fun!

  5. The car ideas are inspired. I love the milk bottle and kitchen roll tube acting as a petrol filler, such a creative use of recycling! Thank you for joining me on Country Kids.

  6. Oh my gosh! That gasoline tank made with the milk jug and cardboard tube is the cutest idea I've ever seen! I will definitely be making one of those for our pretend play stash around here. :) Thanks for sharing at the "31 Days of ABCs!"


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