When we decided to go on our London Adventure I knew there was one item I could pack that would entertain Adam on the two hour Greater Anglia train journey home – masking tape. Regular readers will know about my masking tape obsession. So far we have used it to transform our entire living room into a car track, created a masking tape train and car park as well as turning our living room into the Polar Express. I love how my husband didn’t even bat an eye lid when I removed the masking tape from our bag and set about creating a Masking Tape City on the train table.
Adam was involved throughout the whole process. He decided he wanted a train track as well as a road within his masking tape city. I soon realised I would not be able to make our traditional masking tape train track as I didn’t have any scissors. Ripping the masking tape with my teeth wasn’t producing straight enough lines. So I improvised and added the track lines using a pen.
We could have left our masking tape city there. However, we still had 1 hour 45 minutes left to the journey and the activity had captured Adam’s imagination. He started to tell me what additional features he wanted in his city. I ripped small sections of the masking tape, placed it onto the table and used the pen to draw the landmarks. These included houses, flats, trees, a supermarket and a car park. Once I had drawn each item Adam told me what was needed next in his city.
Whilst I was drawing Adam had set out his small cars and trains on the masking tape tracks. Suddenly there was a disaster – all of the trains had crashed. “Mum-Mum we need a hospital for all the trains“. I quickly attempted to draw a hospital on the masking tape.
However, Adam realised a problem. How was the broken train going to get to the hospital? He decided that we need an ambulance. As Adam didn’t have an ambulance in his transport selection we had brought from home I had to make him two out of masking tape. I am hopeless at drawing but Adam was happy with my attempt.
He then spent ages using the ambulances to rescue each broken train and transport them to the hospital. It was wonderful to watch him move the two masking tape ambulances, place them on the table, position a broken down train on top and then attempt to move the ambulances to the hospital.
Our Masking Tape City kept Adam occupied for the entire two hour train journey. He was captivated throughout and we loved listening to his imaginative play. Unfortunately the majority of the photographs came out blurry due to the movement of the train.
We didn’t know how Adam would react to the idea of having to remove the masking tape city at the end of the journey. However, we explained that other passengers needed the table and that we could make another city whenever we came on the train. He took the news well and helped remove the masking tape. This was an easy process and in no time at all the table was exactly how it was two hours beforehand.
Our Masking Tape City was so easy to make, cost 25p for two hours entertainment and kept Adam occupied during the whole journey. The only problem is now he keeps asking to go on a train simply to make another masking tape city!
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