Pretend Play = Learning { DIY Elevator}

My son loves elevators, especially the ones in the high rise office building his dad works in. It’s always a treat to go into the city and visit daddy at work and see the multiple banks of elevators busily dinging , opening and closing. For a few days my son have been pretending to go on the elevator and grabbing my hand to join him. So I decided to make this to help support his play and sneak in some number practice.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of paper ( different colors), scissors or a circle paper cutter, a marker, glue stick and blue painters tape for putting it up on your wall.Pretend Play
  2. Start by cutting out as many circles as you need buttons. We decided on 12 floors, and an open and close button. gourd 002
  3. Write out  your numbers.Pretend Play
  4. Add your glue.
  5. Glue the circles to the other page.Pretend Play
  6. Tape it to the wall, and play.

    Yes that's a swifferhe's holding - although to him it's a guitar!

  7. We would get in our elevator and decide together what number we would push, later he was the elevator attendant and I would randomly choose a number and he would find it. Once we arrived on our floor we would go to the dentist, go to our office to work,  and my favorite ride to the toy store. Your child’s imagination is the limit!


Elevator Magic

Elevator Magic by Stuart J. Murphy was such an awesome library find. We’d just finished our elevator and headed off to story time at the library and the first book I saw when I got there was this!  It’s a simple story about a young boy who meets his mom at work and before they can meet his dad on the bottom floor, they have errands to run in between.  His mom doesn’t tell him which number to push on the elevator just how many floors below each stop is. So the readers must subtract along with the little boy before they can figure out what button needs to be pushed. The math is super simple and my almost 3 year old had no trouble with my prompts. Also each stop is a fun surprise, with settings that will appeal to your child like a speedway and rock band. Fun book- so glad it caught my eye.

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  1. Zoe says

    This is such a brilliant idea – so simple and yet just perfect. My youngest would love this – although she’d insist we add a mirror – for some reason most of the lifts we go in have huge mirrors in them and she adores looking in them! I’m definitely going to look for Elevator Magic (I wonder if it’s been renamed on this side of the pond?!)

  2. Emily says

    Very cool idea. My daughter loves to go on the elevator (or “alligator” as she calls it) in the building where I work. I will have to make her a homemade elevator this weekend. By the way, is that a Swiffer under your son’s arm? My daughter also loves to push my Swiffer around. As soon as I start cleaning she asks if she can get it out.

  3. says

    Such a great idea! My son loves elevators too and number recognition activities are great for him right now. We’ll definitely try this too.
    I also love the traveling suitcase activity you posted recently. We have a trip coming up and I plan to do this with our son beforehand.
    .-= Emily´s last blog ..Takin’ Notes =-.

  4. katherine marie says

    SOOO CLEVER!!! What kid wouldn’t love this activity?? When I was a kid I got stuck on a WILD out-of-control elevator— I still take the stairs… so my kids would really like this!

  5. Marisa (teachermarisa) says

    I love this idea! When we visit my sister at her workplace, a hotel, and stay there, my 3 year old loves to press the buttons in the elevator. We are off to make this craft right now!

  6. says

    NO WAY! I wrote a post about this a few weeks back. The idea just popped into my head one day as my son also loves elevators and needs to work on number recognition. We’ll have to check out the book you recommended!


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