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Car Trip

Target Words

around, behind, direction, follow, hurry, left, right, rough, smooth, speed, stop

Materials

none

Directions

The next time you are in the car or on a bus, encourage your child to be a "backseat driver" and act out the motions as you describe the ride. Talk about the road, the route, and the things you see out the window. Invite your child to join in the conversation.

Extension

Before you and your child go on a neighborhood errand or on a longer trip, draw a simple map and talk about where you're going to go. Draw some familiar landmarks on your map, for example, a friend's house, the park, the bus stop. After your trip, revisit the map. Your child can draw additional sights on the map. You could ask, "Do you remember where (you found the quarter)? Let's draw it on the map."

Related Books

kids and Martha in the car

Age Range

4–7

Skills/Subjects

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