Amazing Cars and Trucks
What little boy doesn’t love cars and trucks? Many little guys say “vroom-vroom” before they say Mama. For some reason boys are mesmerized whenever a car or truck zooms by. There’s just something about fast moving vehicles that excites the masculine gender.
If you have a son, you’ve probably spent time pushing toy cars and trucks around the playroom. Unfortunately playing cars and trucks, for hours, sounds like a great idea to little boys, but to parents it’s just so long before the vroom-vroom becomes blah-blah and you start figuring out places to hide those shiny vehicles to avoid more auto playtime.
Car and Truck Games that Parents Will Love
Well, it’s your lucky day. You’re about to learn four exciting toy car and truck games you can play that will excite your child and keep you happily zooming along with him.
The Mystery Road
You’ll need a toy car or truck and a big piece of sidewalk chalk to create a mystery road. Head out to your driveway with your son and his vehicle of choice. Draw a long winding line and have your son push his car along it slowly. Along the line draw made-up symbols representing traveling pit stops, such as a gas pump, a house, a store, a rest area, a restaurant, a park etc… Be creative!
When your son gets to each pit stop on the path, pretend-play as if you’re on a long trip. Pretend to fill his car with gas, pretend to visit a friend, have him buy something in your store, serve him a drink and snack at the restaurant etc… Go through the motions as if you?re really traveling. You might even consider getting some props to make this game even more exciting. Be creative and let your son use his imagination to create a true travel adventure. Take several trips along your mystery road creating new adventures along the way.
Get poster board, a bag, glue, crayons and markers for this fun project. Head outside to go on a nature hunt to find rocks, sticks, grass, leaves etc… Take your nature stash inside and have your son draw a winding road on the poster board using markers or crayons. Then let him go to town gluing all of the nature items along his windy road. To add a lively touch you can even cut out pictures of animals from magazines or printed off the internet to paste along the path. Once the nature trail is created, lay the poster flat and let your son push his car or truck around the path, enjoying his wild ride.
Everyone loves a race, especially little boys. But what do you do if you don’t have self propelled cars or trucks? That’s simple. You create a giant hill and start at the top. This can be done using any long flat item such as pieces of wood, large lids from plastic bins, giant books, thick poster board, hard couch pillows or even a soft pillow can work if set up correctly. To make your race more thrilling you might consider creating several hills, at different levels and using a variety of cars and trucks for races. Prop the flat object against a chair or over a pillow to create a downward slope. Place two cars or trucks at the top and let go! Cheer them on all the way to the bottom. If you set up your hill on a hard floor then you can create a finish line a short distance from the hill and watch the vehicles race to the end.
If your son has a large collection of vehicles you can each select 5 or 10 and race them against each other. Put the winners aside and race them again until one vehicle conquers all in the end.
I’m not referring to the ice cream flavor, you’ll actually be creating a road of rocks. The fun beings with a long rock collecting adventure. Search high and low for as many rocks as you can find and put them in a bucket or bag. Select a roomy spot in your driveway or basement where you can create a long, windy rocky road. You’ll line the rocks up creating the two outside edges of the driving path. Make sure they’re far enough apart to fit your child?s car or truck between the rocks.
Once the road has been created, watch your son have fun pushing his vehicles along the path, keeping them between the rocky lines. If your child has a remote control car or truck he’ll love maneuvering it through this rocky terrain. You can change the path direction to create many new driving adventures.
Bonding with your Child
You’ll never again think of car and truck play time the same once you?ve experienced a mystery trip, traveled through the wild, raced to the finish and veered your way through a rocky excursion. These four games will spark your son’s imagination and enhance your parent / child bond through pretend play, motion and speed.