Pizza Delivery Game For Following Directions

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This game uses a floor road map that I made, and writing out and following the directions to get to different houses on the map.

pizza delivery map

I made this huge road map on a new fabric shower curtain that I had lying around (don’t ask why I had a bunch of fabric shower curtains – that was another project). I made the roads out of black duct tape, put pieces of blue duct tape beside the roads to represent houses, and used some white duct tape to write the names of the roads and the numbers of the houses onto. I wasn’t sure when I started whether the duct tape would stick well enough, but I can now officially say that it does. It stays on the fabric very well, and I have folded and unfolded it many times with it staying well stuck in place. I am sure that I can’t wash it though.

pizza delivery map 2

The game we play is having the kids be a pizza delivery person, and they have to deliver the pizza to the right house. I write out directions to get to one of the houses, and the kids then have to read and follow the directions. The directions are simply right on Shell St., Left on Hill St., etc.

pizza deliver map 3

This was a challenge for most of the kids that I was working with, and it helped them work on right and left, following directions, and reading the directions. After I wrote the directions, I had the kids write out directions for me to follow. This task was even harder than following directions. It was very difficult for them to write the street in the order that was needed to follow rather than just jumping ahead to the end.

I will be doing this activity many times this year as it will take the kids a while to really incorporate all of the concepts into the task.

Materials:

  • Large piece of fabric
  • Duct tape (black, white, colored)
  • Pen

Skills:

  • Direction following
  • Sequencing
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Right / left directionality

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

Comments

  1. Love this idea! Really goes with your tagline – this activity is fun and very functional. Is it large enough for the kids to actually walk on it to follow the directions? Very creative.

    • Yes, it’s large enough to walk on. In fact, the kids were crawling around on it, but being older than them, I chose to walk my routes.

  2. Love all the motor planning and directionality. This is a must for all children to practice.

  3. Hello! I was curious as to what population (age and diagnosis) you used this activity with! Thank you!

    • The kids that I did this with were in a range from 2nd grade to 4th or 5th grade, and they had either high functioning autism or a learning disability. Some were in non severe classes, and others were in regular education classes. It was a challenge for all of them.

      • Lauren says:

        Did you use this as an individual activity or as a group? Thank you again.

        • It was a very small group of only two kids. they had lots of trouble giving each other directions, and did better when I was the direction giver.

  4. Bobbie Vergo says:

    Thank you for re-posting this one–what a phenomenal idea!! I’m so excited to create and use this one 🙂 🙂

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