Both my kids love playing with cars and recently they’ve developed an interest in maps (I say recently but it’s gone on for a few months now). As soon as a toilet roll finishes U or A grab it and cut it in lengthwise, unroll it, and draw a map on it which they hang on to until the next toilet roll finishes and they can make a new map. Don’t ask me why they decide to use a toilet roll and not regular paper as I have no idea- maybe it feels more like a scroll as in the pirate treasure maps? I’ve more often than not had to break up fights over these toilet rolls which are very much a prized possession in our house. Even I’ve been wanting to collect some -not for drawing on but planting seeds (but that’s a story for another post inshAllah). They take these ‘maps’ everywhere including car journeys and are always giving me directions on how to get to wherever we’re going. They’ve even taken to passing them out to people so said people can find their way to our house!
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to do a unit on maps for a long time now to fuel their interest…in truth I’ve been wanting to do so many things I feel my head is going to burst with all of the ideas in them…but the last month, maybe longer, has been so busy that the kids have really been left to their own devices. Mashallah that has been a blessing in disguise though and a learning curve for them and me. Usually they expect to spend the day with me and a lot of what we do is stimulated from my input but this last month I’ve watched them get on with things themselves and they’ve played and played and played. And I find that great! They’ve been playing make-believe, roll-play, building constructing, often just turning the house upside down while bringing all sorts of items into their elaborate scenarios. Anyway, I’ve gone off on a tangent. What this post was supposed to be about was a play activity based on the kid's interests in cars and maps.