Create your own race track, highway or neighborhood street using colored chalk. With toddler ride ons, scooters or tricycles, ride on the chalk race track and reinforce following directions, building coordination and learning colors. Below are some simple games to play. This would be a great way to entertain an active toddler....have them help plan and draw our the street lines and then ride on their favorite toy.
Materials for Drawing a Race Track
- Colored Chalk (you can find this on Amazon, Craft Stores, Dollar Stores and Walmart especially during summer.
- Tricycle. scooters or toddler ride on toys.
- Helmet and knee pads (optional but always recommended)
- Draw street lines using colored chalk. Depending on age and skill of child you can make it straight or with curves. You can be creative and make it a neighborhood street, highway or a race track.
- If you use a variety of colors you can direct your child to ride a certain color track from beginning to end.
- If you made turns, you can reinforce direction by instructing your child to turn right or left.
Tips and Suggestions
- Have your child practice safety skills like looking left and right even if it's just in your driveway. Great time to reinforce good safety habits.
- Got a push truck or a little wagon? Reinforce colors by instructing your child to drive on the red track or blue track.
- You can direct kids to turn right or left.
Wavy Race Track
Make a wavy path for a fun ride! Build coordination and following directions skills. Use directional language and if your child is a
proficient rider, let him follow a particular colored line.
Encourage your child to some fun competition and challenge him or her to a race! This activity will build coordination, gross motor skills as well as reinforcing learning to follow directions.
Tips and Suggestions
According to the CDC each year, more than 500,000 people in the US are treated in emergency departments. Children are at particularly high risk for bicycle-related injuries.
So while many of us never wore helmets as children, why not provide that extra protection to minimize injury for your child. Do a little research on helmets to find one best suited for your child and if you are not familiar with bike helmets, visit a bike shop or sporting goods store to learn about proper fit and how to adjust the straps properly.