Regular readers will know Adam loves his car tracks. From a giant track to an edible one, a portable car track to one that covered our living room – we have created several different types. It seemed a natural progression then to have a summer themed track for us to take on holiday – cue our seaside car track busy bag.
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Our summer time car track had to be small enough to fit inside both our hand luggage and a beach bag. I found the perfect container – Adam’s sunglasses case. Next I needed material that could be turned into several pieces of track that would fit inside the sunglasses case. Lolly craft sticks were an ideal size.
I needed approximately 20 lolly sticks and used a laundry peg hanger to hold the lolly sticks in place whilst I painted them black. Once the first coat of paint was dry I turned the lolly sticks around and painted the remaining parts. I used a Tipp-Ex Pocket Mouse to create the white lines running down the middle of the car track. It took a little practice to get the Tipp-Ex to make a straight line.
For our Seaside car track busy bag I decided to have an additional element and make road signs. With the help of Twinkl I printed their “Small World Road Signs and Traffic Lights” sheet to make six different types of road signs. I cut out eight versions of each road sign and laminated the pieces. I used sellotape to attach two road signs back to back and inserted a lolly stick through the middle. The track and interchangeable road signs fitted perfectly inside the sunglasses case.
With our seaside car track busy bag completed there was only one thing left to do – take it to the beach to test it out.
The lolly sticks formed a great car track that could be made in a variety of ways. We pushed the road signs into the sand so they stood upright.
Adam was able to choose a road sign and slot it onto the lolly stick independently. Although Adam’s small cars looked huge on the car track Adam didn’t seem to mind.
After a while Adam rearranged the lolly sticks to form another car track and started to experiment by adding stones to the scene. I will no doubt be taking our Tipp-Ex Pocket Mouse to the beach in the future to see what features we can add to the stones to make it look like a small world.
At the end of a long day of playing the sand was beginning to rub the black paint off of the lolly sticks. I wonder if adding a layer of watered down PVA glue to act as a varnish will this improve this for future play. We are certainly looking forward to taking our seaside car track busy bag abroad with us on holiday!
* Lolly craft sticks
* Black paint
* Sunglasses case
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