With four boys in our house, we have accumulated a lot of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars! We have found that they make great manipulatives for all kinds of learning activities. Here is a collection of great ways to learn for kids who love cars! Most of these are geared toward preschoolers, but there are also some addition and reading activities too.
Learn Your Name with Cars from Frugal Fun for Boys
Alphabet Tunnel Play from Toddler Approved. Love this idea!
Alphabet Parking Lot from I Can Teach My Child
Alphabet Car Racing from Toddler Approved
Sound it Out Parking Lot from I Can Teach My Child
Floor Tape Letters from I Can Teach My Child. Some of my boys have benefitted from turning letters into a gross motor activity. This is great for kids who learn best while being active.
Printable Letter Sounds Parking Lot from The Measured Mom
Parking Lot Addition from What Do We Do All Day? Brilliant idea, and easy to set up.
Race Car Math – Use car races (on a ramp) to practice larger numbers.
How Many Cars in One Pound? from The Educator’s Spin on It. This is a great measurement activity.
Car Race Counting Game – A fun counting game involving rolling a die and counting, with cars!
General Preschool Skills
Color Matching Car Race Game from Toddler Approved. Fantastic for young preschoolers, and perfect for burning energy when you have to be indoors!
Color Graphing with Cars – This was a favorite activity!
Painting with Cars from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Old’s
Marker Cars from Housing a Forest – What a fun idea!
You can find all kinds of play ideas for Hot Wheels cars here: The BEST Toy Car Play Ideas