It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Not quite with the program

Take one driveway. At one end, draw a square for each tot, all in a row. Do the same at the other end. Between the rows of squares, draw circles in assorted colours.

Ta-dah! A polka-dot driveway! Enough to amuse the neighbours for days and days. Or until the next rain.

Introduce the tots to the polka-dot drive. Explain the idea. You start in a square! And you jump to a circle! Jump! Jump! Jump! Because we loooove to jump. Mary knows this, because they do it — or try to — All.The.Time in the house.


And this is what they do:


June 4, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Wow–I just can’t believe that you managed a photo with none of their faces showing! I tried on numerous occasions to take photos of my preschool class last year, and finally had to resort to using MSPaint to black out the kids’ faces.

    Oh, and kudos on the fun activity–isn’t it frustrating when you come up with something fantastic, and the kids want nothing to do with it? Just ask me about last year’s bread making experiment…:-P

    The irony here is that I’d intended to take a shot I could send to their parents, so I wasn’t trying to avoid faces at all. Maybe that’s the trick: next time, try to get their faces, and every one of them will turn away and/or duck!

    The spots are still in the drive. Maybe they’ll decide today that it’s the best game they’ve ever heard of! Maybe today I’ll tell them NOT to jump; that they must sit quietly on the spots…

    Comment by Kate | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Maybe it’s better to ask the kids how to play the game in the first place. Too funny!

    I so rarely direct their play, the shock of it must’ve made them all sit down in sheerest astonishment…

    Comment by mamacita tina | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. This is reminiscent of my attempts to teach hopscotch (with the rock and everything) to my 3 year old and her friends. Lots of running around and throwing rocks ensued.

    Oh, that sounds healthy and safe…

    Comment by Bridgett | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. Of course.

    Of course.

    Comment by heels | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. Planned jumping outside is never as much fun as spontaneous jumping in the house. Just ask the three year old who lives above us.

    I am soooo glad that I do not have anyone underneath me. It would be awful for everyone. I once lived under a three-year-old whose dad was a trucker, meaning that the little boy could go days without seeing him. When daddy came home, then, even if it were midnight (or later!) they’d often haul the little guy out of bed to visit for a bit. That in itself is their own business, and, sleep concerns aside, rather sweet … but when daddy and son decided that the best form of together-time was a rousing game of hockey in the kitchen? Not so sweet at all.

    Comment by rambleicious | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. Looks like they’re playing toddler twister. Too cute.

    At least your neighbours are amused by driveway drawings, we have some older people on the street who tsk tsk when they walk by and they see us younger neighbours letting our kids draw on our driveways.

    You’d think it was permanent graffiti that would bring down the property values. I mean sheesh, it’s just chalk.

    Some people just like to ‘tsk’. It gives their life meaning. They’d probably do the same if the kids were sweeping the driveway, too: all that dust! Tsk, tsk.

    “Toddler twister.” Heeheehee.

    Comment by Zayna | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. Very cute picture.

    Comment by Cheryl | June 5, 2008 | Reply

  8. I love this idea! I was thinking of trying hopscotch soon, but this might be a fun precursor, because she loves stepping stones in people’s lawns.

    Comment by kittenpie | June 6, 2008 | Reply

  9. They all look deeply fascinated by the circles.

    Hmm. That seems like a good use for all the chalk we have. Plus we need to work on Jeffrey’s jumping skills. (In that he has none)yet. He sort of does this leprecaun leap where both feet leave the ground at different times.

    Comment by Dani | June 10, 2008 | Reply

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