Make a Track: Get Moving & Practice Motor Skills!

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I have tried on several occasions to teach my 3 and 4 year old children how to weave in and out of a set of cones.  It’s such a great way to practice all different kinds of movements, but despite my best efforts, they just don’t “get” it!  As we were playing with sidewalk chalk on our driveway the other day, it occurred to me to set up the cones, and then draw the kids a track weaving in and out of the cones.  Instead of only having the cones as markers, they could actually follow the chalk line.  Finally…success!  And not only did they finally understand what I wanted them to do, they had a blast moving around the track in different ways and got LOTS of exercise!

(Please excuse our sidewalk chalk scenes and sidewalk chalk writing practice that’s also in the track photos.  A driveway is only so big after all!)  

L&L began moving around the track using their scooter boards at first.

Then Lilah started pushing a toy car, and Luke mowed around the track.  

They walked and ran around, too.  L&L even wanted to ride their bikes around the track, but it just wasn’t big enough for that!  I’ll keep that in mind for next time though.

Adapting the Activity

  • You can do the activity with or without cones.  I used the cones because it’s my goal that L&L will learn to weave between cones without a drawn track.  
  • If you are indoors, you can make your track using tape.  
  • If you are on the grass, you can use spray paint to create your track (as long as you don’t mind it temporarily coloring your grass).
  • You can make a track small enough for your child to drive toy cars around, or large enough they can ride their bike around.
  • You can make your track different shapes.  i.e. Walk around the square; be sure to stop at the corners!
  • You can make a figure 8 or an inner loop and an outer loop!
  • Your child can move around the track in a myriad of different ways!  Have them try hopping, crawling, crawling while pushing a toy car, walking, taking big steps, taking teeny steps, walking backwards, pushing a toy, pulling a toy, riding a tricycle or bike, sitting or laying on a scooter board, pushing a child on a scooter board, crab walking, frog jumping, skating, hopping on one foot, or riding a scooter!  
  • See how many different ways your child can think of to move around the track!!  Feel free to join them! 🙂

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • This is a great activity – I really like the chalk track to make the idea more concrete. Where did you get those scooter boards?

  • You can easily get those toys at toys r us or any particular kids toy shops.

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