The Park and Learn Lot {A Game for Preschoolers}

Brody is OBSESSED with cars and vehicles of any kind.  I know I've mentioned that factoid about a dozen times here on my blog.  But when I say obsessed I mean that he likes to play cars all day, every day.  He's the only child {until September}, so most days he wants me to play cars with him.  I love him to pieces but sometimes I think I am going to go crazy if I have to play cars one more time!!! 

Today, I decided it was time to change it up a bit.  I pinned this pin on Pinterest many months ago, but finally decided to give it a go.  To no surprise of mine, it was a HUGE hit for Brody.  Why in the world did I wait so long to make this parking lot learning game?!?

I took some white cardstock and drew parking spaces wide enough to park little Matchbox cars inside.  Then I wrote a letter in each space, using the capital as well as lower case of each alphabet letter. I chose to write them in five various colors: red, blue, orange, purple, and green.  I had four spots leftover so I drew in four different shapes for fun {and, let's be honest, aesthetics!}.

I laid the parking lots on the floor and told Brody to bring over his basket filled with cars.  As he giggled with delight, I called out one letter at a time and he drove a car to park in each designated spot.  

We did this for each letter until the parking lot was full.  He was so proud of himself and had a truck load of fun!

He had so much fun that he asked what any three year old asks when they love to do something, "Can we play it again?"

Play again? A learning game? Of course! But let's change it up a bit...

We cleared the parking lot and played by matching the color of each car to the color in each parking space.  This game proved to be just as much fun!

"Can we play it again?"

At this point I knew I needed to go back to the drawing board, literally.  I decided it was time to expand and add three more parking lots to include more shapes as well as numbers 1-20.  Brody waited patiently for me to make some more parking lots.  {In the mean time he grabbed some extra paper and drew some circles too.}

We played the game, yet again, but with shapes and numbers this time.  There was enough variety to keep me interested and plenty of parking spaces to keep Brody interested. All in all, we played for about two hours! Whoa!

Ways to play:

  1. Call out a letter, shape, or number for your preschooler to find and park on.
  2. Call out a color and have your preschooler park a car of the same color in a matching spot.
  3. Make the "sound" of each letter and have your child park on the corresponding letter.
  4. Park the cars yourself and have your preschooler tell you what letter, shape, number, or color you parked in.
Can you think of another way to play this game? If so, Brody and I would love to know!! :)

One Artsy Mama


  1. KP must have gotten the car bug from Brody the other day ... I drew a "town" on an opened-up shopping bag, and she's been driving her one Minnie Mouse car all over it! I may have to get that girl some more cars. I LOVE your idea, though--both for you and for Brody!

  2. That's a great idea! I love fun easy games for kids to learn.:)

  3. Love this idea! My son is in love with his matchbox cars too. He's a little too young yet to play this exact version, but I'm thinking I can adapt it a little more to his age level (20 months). Maybe just start with colors and go from there. Thanks for the idea! I'm pinning it to my education board.

  4. That is such an amazing idea! My son loves his cars and plays with them ALL day long. Excited to be your newest follower via the Sunday Social! I'd love for you to follow me back at!

  5. Oh, i love this idea! Thanks for sharing! My boys will enjoy this!

  6. This is an excellent idea to get your child to recognize letters, shapes and colors. I definitely have o try this, but with a girl I do not think cars will work. I'll figure something out.
    Following you from the Mingle with Us Hop and hope you follow back.

  7. I don't know how I missed this blog last month! Has anyone ever told you that you are the MOST AMAZING mom EVER? You continually keep me shaking my head and thinking, "WOW, she is just the most awesome mom!" Brody is extremely blessed!


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