My 3 1/2 year-old has really started to notice billboards when we are driving on the highway. Billboards are loaded with environmental print which is one of the first things our kids “read”. We decided to create our own mini billboards as a fun and easy reading activity to do at home or school.
Environmental Print Billboards
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Paper towel or toliet paper rolls, square cardboard pieces (approximately 7 x 3 in.), paint, variety of advertisements, markers and scissors
Creating the Billboards
1. Cut two small notches on the top of each paper towel roll. This will become the holding spot for your billboard.
2. Using the cardboard pieces, design your billboard. Ideas could include local restaurants that you frequent, stores, attractions and services.
3. Slide each billboard onto it’s toliet paper pole.
Playing with the Billboards
You are now ready to place your billboard along your road. We have a variety of road play mats that work great for utilizing our billboards. Bring out the cars and begin your drive. The kids can slow down at each billboard to “read” it.
For another neat toliet paper roll literacy idea, check out my ABC Tunnels guest post I did on The Pleasantest Thing.
And, see a great list of car and truck literacy play ideas for even more driving fun.
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