I love how this group of cousins turned a single roll of car tape into hours of pretend play! Definitely something to have on hand for the next rainy day! It’s the perfect activity for kids at birthday parties or family reunions.
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Besides being fun, puzzles are an often overlooked educational tool. I’ve used puzzles to teach my children about the world. I also love using 4D Cityscape Time puzzles in our history lessons, as they allow children to see how historical events shape cities and countries.
I believe in hands on learning wherever possible, in all school subjects. So when I was offered the chance to review three new Dr. Livingston human body jumbo learning puzzles, I said yes. I knew these puzzles would be fantastic for teaching my children about the human body.
Using Puzzles to Teach Children About the Human Body
When we received a box of car tape in the mail to review, I knew it would be perfect for the next time I needed an engaging activity for the kids! Car tape is safe for use indoors or out – it will peel right off without any trouble. We don’t get much rain in California, so I decided to let the kids try it in the common courtyard we share with our neighbors.
How One Roll of Car Tape Inspired Hours of Pretend Play
I pulled it out on a day when my brother’s two kids – aged 3 and 5 – were visiting. It provided just enough structure to get all six kids playing together! They started off laying the tape into roads and driving matchbox cars through the neighborhood. Soon they pulled out our colored chalk to add neighborhood details.
They build stores, houses, a library, and a hospital, as well as many, many parking spaces.
The parking lots were incredibly popular. Maybe because a significant portion of our life revolves around finding a decent parking spot where we live? I am incredibly excited to have a driveway of my very own in a few months…
This activity kept them busy for much of the afternoon. I was able to cook dinner and get a few other things done while they played together. When it was time to come in, we pulled up the tape. I was impressed that it came up with no trouble, in spite of having many cars, knees, and feet run across it on our concrete courtyard. I have a couple more rolls stored away for our next rainy day (if we get one), or the next time we have cousins or friends at our house!
Do you have a favorite pretend play activity for birthday parties or family reunions? Have you played with car tape before? How did you like it? Please share in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram.