Kids should play all day, and you can integrate Chinese into any activity, including transportation! In our children’s play area, I used road tape to teach that the word car can be written in 2 different ways. 车 (chē) is simplified while 車 (chē) is traditional Chinese! However, she told me that she already learned the traditional Chinese character from her 巧虎 workbooks! Still, it was the first time my daughter has ever interacted with the words enlarged! Plus, both kids had a blast driving and “tracing” the toy vehicles on the Chinese character roads!
Since my daughter can read about 700-800 simplified Chinese characters, I thought it would be a good time to start learning traditional Chinese characters. Therefore, I am going to try to include both sets of characters in our activities as we learn them.
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What you need:
- Toy vehicles! Our kids love the Melissa and Doug vehicle & road signs set! The set includes road signs plus a police car, ambulance, garbage truck, fire engine, taxi, and school bus.
- Play road tape
What to do:
These are the easiest instructions ever!
- “Write” 车 and 車 with the road tape! That’s it! Now it’s time to play and learn!
Side note: I don’t understand why the Chinese character for car (车) was simplified. It is almost the same number of strokes! Plus, as you can imagine in the image below, 車 actually looks like a car from a top-down perspective! Anyways, back to the activity…road tape!
It’s hard to think of activities that both kids can do together! So I was so happy to see both kids having fun playing together! I also wrote the simplified and traditional Chinese characters for car on our easel so that my daughter can compare how they should normally look.
Below is an example of a matching exercise that we often do on our easel. My daughter likes matching, and this was a great way to compare simplified and traditional Chinese characters for different types of vehicles!
One last peek at our transportation-themed play area! By the way, the road tape peels off very easily from the floor! No residue is left. Also, the tape roll we bought was generous, so there should be extra tape to make shapes or other letters!
If you try Learning About 车/車 in Chinese with Road Tape, please let us know! My kids like to see what other kids are doing for Chinese learning! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag @chalkacademy on Instagram and Facebook!
For more transportation activities, check out:
- Craft Stick Airplane Word-Matching Puzzle
- Make-A-Sentence Post-It Note Train Literacy Activity!
- Parking Lot Vehicle Matching Activity
Happy learning, friends!