My First Urban Plan

by Josh on March 25, 2008 · 3 comments

in Ideas,Journal

Play town Here’s what a fan of old houses, traditional neighborhoods, and urban design thinks is a fun activity to play with his 4-year-old: It’s My First Urban Plan(tm)! With just some wooden blocks, a few matchbox cars, some people toys, a flattened diaper box and some markers, you too can start designing your very own city.

Do the roads follow a grid or is there a main artery with cul de sacs? Are the buildings set back from the street behind parking lots, or do the buildings embrace the streets? Is there park land nearby? Sidewalks for pedestrians? These and countless other decisions are yours to make when you play My First Urban Plan(tm).

My First Urban Plan(tm) is not available in stores, so rescue that cardboard from the recycling bin and help your little urbanist start planning today.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandy March 26, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Cool! You could make a mint!


Josh March 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I doubt it, Sandy, but thank you for saying so. I can’t even take credit for the idea, which came from Trish Kuffner’s The Preschooler’s Busy Book.

By the way, did you notice the Ford Model T toy in the photo? It’s a 1923 model… there’s just something about that year.


Sandy March 28, 2008 at 8:35 am

I noticed all those little cars. The Model T was a VERY nice touch! Strange, isn’t it, about that year? LOL


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