When my boys were almost 2 and 3 years old, I came up with this harebrained idea for a Christmas gift for our boys. I wanted to give them road signs, their size, so that they could “create” their own city and encourage imaginative play. After searching for them in stores and online, I did not find what I wanted and decided that my husband and I could make them. When Christmas day arrived, we had two stop, and one construction zone, rail road, and school crossing signs wrapped and under the tree. As the boys opened the signs they were thrilled!
|Alex, age 5|
And since that day, these 5 signs have been an integral part of their play.
- One favorite way to play with the signs is to draw chalk roads on our drive way and place the signs through out the town and get their tricycles, scooters, and other riding toys and travel around in their city.
- Another favorite memory for me is that when our road was being paved, the boys spend the day in the front yard watching the construction. The first thing that they did, when the construction vehicles arrived on the street, was grab the construction zone sign and place it in, boldly on the front sidewalk.
- Now that the boys are riding two wheelers, they now use the signs to designate areas. For instance, often they place the rail road crossing near the sidewalk, which becomes the “railroad” and they take turns being the train.
These signs are now 3 1/2 years old and are in great condition – and we use the outside!
Recently a neighbor asked us where we got them, because he wanted to get some for his grandson. That is when I thought - "Hey, we could create these for other kids." So that is what my husband and I did.
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