Good Friday was forecast heavy rain so I was pondering activities that I could set up for J to keep him entertained inside. Recently, I have created a few small worlds for him but I quickly learnt that if cars aren’t involved somehow in the play then the small world won’t hold J’s interest. So rather than trying to fight his love of cars and encourage him to have a wider range of interests, I fully embraced J’s car obsession and decided to create a whole play town for him that centred around a masking tape road.
I used masking tape (almost an entire roll) to make a road system on the floor of J’s playroom. I have used it before for a variety of activities so I know that it comes off our carpet without any damage or trace (our wooden floor has lost some varnish though in the past, so please do a small test prior to using masking tape). I planned out the town in my head as I went using his toys.
To begin with I incorporated J’s car garage into one section of the town, so that his new break down truck can take broken down cars there to be fixed. Cars can also visit the garage to refill with petrol and it has a small car park on the top which J likes driving cars up and down to so this was an obvious toy to choose to have in the town.
Next, I decided to use J’s dollhouse. He loves playing with the figures and they represent our family with a few additions. J enjoyed placing the furniture where he wanted it and dollhouse J played football with daddy while mummy and nana got to sit in the sunshine (it never rains in J’s play town) and eat cake – I like this idea 🙂
Initially, we had a Blaze racetrack and spectator viewing section but J then decided that he wanted to have some countryside so that the family in the doll’s house could walk their dog (just like we do). We used J’s Happyland farm and Duplo farm for a countryside segment. Here J took exception to the character which he calls “ME” being stood next to a girl character! When I indignantly asked him why he couldn’t stand next to a girl, he thought about it and then replied that she was holding a teddy bear and so she couldn’t help him feed the animals. I suggested she put her teddy down. J shook his head adamantly. “No mummy. Then it would get dirty and muddy.” Logic according to a three year old!
Once the farm was in place, we added an airport and a port. The airport had a runway and a car park and then several planes ready to take off. J received a Sainsburys airport play kit for Christmas which has a flight of stairs and a baggage carrier so they got to play too. The port had a crane to load and unload cargo between a truck and a boat. The police helicopter also joined in with the port play and enjoyed escorting the precious cargo from our airport on the truck to the port.
Next, we added a construction area where the vehicles were working at a Bob the Builder site. They were rather useful as every hour or so the road developed a water or gas leak and they were rushed to save the day. I also gave the construction site some Cheerios, Shreddies and uncooked pasta to use as house building materials, which J (and our Labrador puppy, Orion) loved.
Finally, we added the Happyland vets set, a Duplo play school and a Playmobil park to the town and hours of fun were guaranteed.
J played with his town all afternoon on Friday, most of Saturday, Sunday morning and on and off on Monday and Tuesday. Then I absolutely had to hoover so it all got pulled up. 😉 J is most displeased and is asking for a racetrack now! What would you put in your child’s play town?
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