Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Intentional Play: Making Roads

For this month's construction and machine intentional play theme, we borrowed Sutton and Lovelock's most excellent Roadworks from the library. From planning and marking the road out on a map to tarring and shouting hooray, the book's a great how-to guide for a road building activity.

With book in hand, we read and clang and crunched and cracked, using his construction trucks to 'clear the path', tip the stones and pack it down. Then we stretched out a long strip of freshly made black play dough (I used a cake-decorator's icing colour to get it really black). We steam-rolled the 'tar' with a rolling pin and then stopped for lunch.

After our non-smoking smoko, we marked the road with bright yellow playdough strips, installed the road signs we had from our railway set, lit the road with carols by candelight candles, planted trees and cleaned everything away.

Then, of course, it was open for all the trucks and cars, zooming up and down our homemade freeway.

If you're interested in other construction activities or craft, take a look at our Intentional Play Pinterest board where I've been collected ideas for each theme. 


  1. This looks like so much fun! When our boy gets older we'll have to give this a go.

    1. It was easy too - the only new thing we needed for this was the black colouring for the play dough. It'd be simple to adapt to whatever you have on hand - packed down dirt and farm animals and fences for a 'country road'; painting long sheets of paper black for a wider 'freeway', etc.

  2. Looks to me that you found a use for our old green vinyl tablecloth. Dear Boy would have loved that activity.

    1. This is a piece we got from Clark Rubber, but perhaps that colour was chosen for sentimental reasons.


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