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Mommy & Me: Parking Lot Game

by Sara McClure on February 21, 2011

Jonah and I have been slowly, but surely getting ready for my next post on Totally Tots. (It goes up on Thursday, but every day is full of pure preschool awesomeness around there!) One of the things we’ve been playing often is the Parking Lot Game! It’s fairly simple, but Jonah loves it!

Parking Lot Game

Materials needed:

  1. Dice (We used our new Education Cubes)
  2. Ten Cars or other small space markers
  3. Parking Lot Game Mat (click to go to the download page)


  1. Roll the dice
  2. Count the dots on the dice or identify the number
  3. Place a car in the correct “Parking Space”
  4. The first person to fill up their parking lot wins!

It’s a fairly simple game, but just hard enough for Jonah during this time of learning to identify numbers. Jonah’s interest level with numbers is really low for some reason. He would much rather talk about the alphabet and their sounds. I’ve been trying to come up with some fun ways to get Jonah interested in learning numbers. Like most boys, using his cars was a sure fire way to get Jonah’s interest!

I’ve made a printable available for you and your little one to play the Parking Lot Game! Feel free to download it and use it over and over! I recommend printing the game mat on cardstock and laminating it for durability.

Linked to ABC &123′s Show & Tell Party

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1 Dawn February 21, 2011 at 8:39 am

I’m filing this idea away for when my son is a bit older-he loves cars!!! Great idea to take what they love and use it to help them with something else. Have fun playing!!!


2 Scott February 21, 2011 at 9:12 am

Very cool. My kids like these types of games, so I’ll definitely “borrow” this idea.


3 Sara February 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

Enjoy Scott! Let me know how the kids like it!


4 Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids February 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

I love this! So simple. I hope it is okay if I pass this on to my families at work. They will all love it!


5 Sara February 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

Definitely feel free to share the link Kristi! Hope everyone enjoys it!


6 Julie February 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thanks. My 18 month old is really into cars. I can see him enjoying this in a little bit.


7 Sara February 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

You are very welcome Julie! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!


8 Maureen February 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Sara this is great! I’m going to use it this week in my preschool co-op group. I know they’ll love it!


9 Sara February 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Thanks Maureen! Let me know what they think!


10 Patty Patterson February 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

That looks like a pretty cook game for learning numbers. Sometimes simple is what we need. When things get to complex they cause frustration, but with simple a kid can celebrate every small success. And learning to count and identify numbers is a good skill to be learning!


11 Kerri February 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

LOVE this idea. We have not purchased an education cube but it is on our list. My little girl loves cars and trucks. So, this would be a hit with her. Thanks for including the link to the download. I following from Show and Tell. Kerri


12 Sara February 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

So glad you stopped by and found something useful Kerri! Enjoy the game!


13 amanda November 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

awesome idea!! thanks for sharing


14 Rachel February 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

HI! I just saw this post floating around Pintrest adn LOVE the idea. i have a question about the game and I may be over thinking it..hahah So I see the board has 10 spaces but the dice only has 6 sides? how do you get cars parked in the higher #’s??

My guy LOVES cars adn we have PLENTY! We will be using this game..:)


15 Rachel February 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

UMM so NM…I didn’t download first..hahah THANK YOU for the GREAT GAMES!!!


16 April March 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Looks like fun, but I’m trying to figure out how you get up to 10 with only one dice, isn’t it 1-6


17 Missy @ Dot-to-Dot Connections November 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Thank you for sharing this! We are using your Parking Lot Game for sight words right now :)


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