We’ve had a Hot Wheels week this week! The kids are obsessed with them at the moment, so I thought I would channel that obsession into something constructive. There are so many different ways to play with these timeless toys, and so much the preschooler can learn from them too. Here are just a few of the ways we’ve been playing with them this week.
Hot Wheels Messy Play!
Our first task was to collect up all of the Hot Wheels and other little cars we could find. As we did this we talked about:
- the different colours
- the different types of cars
- why we liked Hot Wheels- “they are just good!”
We used the large lorry to store them and carry them down to the Tuff Spot and then we emptied them into the tray. I asked the preschooler to guess how many cars he thought there were and he made an estimate of 700. Not quite accurate but never mind! We did count them together and it turns out we had 79 to play with this week!
Then we decided to sort them into colour groups. The preschooler helped to:
- sort the cars according to their colour
- count the number of cars in each group
- sound out the number name so that I could write it. I wrote it on post it notes numerically too
The preschooler had a go at writing the numbers and words too.
Next we decided to paint our Hot Wheels. I wanted the preschooler to try something a little different to the usual painting we do. Normally we dip the wheels in paint and use the cars to make tracks on the paper, but this time we actually painted the cars themselves! The preschooler thought this was great fun and we had a lovely conversation about patterns and colours. We used paper plates as pallets and although the colours quickly got mixed up, we still had time to talk about which colours we mixed to make new colours.
We then had a go at some more traditional painting- using the wheels to make tracks. We talked about:
- moving the cars left, right, up, down, backwards, forwards
- the different tracks each car made
- which cars we thought would make bigger tracks
- which cars would move faster through the paint
Then the preschooler, of course, stripped off and started to paint his body!
After all the Hot Wheels painting, there was only one option left for us this week: a Hot Wheels car wash! We filled the water table with soapy water, added some shaving foam for extra bubbles and dropped the cars inside. I also popped in some of the bigger paint brushes, wallpaper pasting brushes and squeegies too. Then we:
- tried to guess the colour of the car we would pick out from the foam
- cleaned the cars and transferred them to the paddling pool to rinse off
- talked about the real car wash and what happens there
- counted the cars as we cleaned them
- sorted the cars into groups once they were clean- according to both colour and size (big and small)
The car wash added a sensory element to the play and the baby was able to join in with this too.
I think the Hot Wheels messy play is the only play session that has not featured dinosaurs in a long time!