I’m really excited about these ‘things that go’ loose parts – magnetic roads! Super easy and so versatile! So how did they come about? …
I have been enjoying watching B (3yrs) zoom various vehicles around the house, including up the walls and in and around furniture for some time, and thought that a bunch of relatively durable road pieces could be fun additions to his loose part collections.
Black paper + Guillotine (Scissors) + White Label Stickers = Road Pieces
Road Pieces + Laminating pouches/laminator —-> Cut up + Bits of Magnet (we used recycled magnets such as the local pizza shop!) =
Although they were a bit tedious to make with all the cutting, you certainly don’t need to make so many, and as I was in no rush – I just cut a couple over a few nights, whilst relaxing in front of the TV!
And how many ways can young fans of vehicles use these magnetic roads? My first idea was on the fridge (of course!), which is great as it provides a vertical surface to work on. This encourages shoulder and upper arm strength, stability and control, all of which are essential in preparing for other fine motor tasks including handwriting later on. The magnetic roads – whether on the fridge or other vertical surfaces, the floor or anywhere else, offer a novel way to practise line, shape and letter formation too.
The other great magnetic, vertical surface in our house (apart from the magnetic white boards stuck to the back of Master B’s bedroom door), is our washing machine….
And although the road pieces have magnetic backing, there is no reason why they need to be restricted to use on magnetic surfaces – our living room window sill has long been a favourite ‘highway’ …
We have even had car races and airport landing strips along the ledges of the bath! If the weather is fine, they are extremely portable and fun to take outside, even for a trip to the park!
When it came to finding a storage spot for these little beauties, I couldn’t look past the empty box from the snap lock bags sitting in our recycled pile…
As they are so easy to carry around, I think they would make excellent travel toys – or additions to ‘busy bags’, tucked away in my handbag for our next restaurant outing, transfer lounge, doctor’s waiting room etc…
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