All Things Construction Vehicle!

My son absolutely loves every construction vehicle – diggers, dump trucks and anything that looks like them – without having any clear idea what they actually do! It doesn’t matter to him. So we absolutely had to feature them in our transportation series.

All Things Construction Vehicle!

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First of all, *I* had to learn what these vehicles were called and what each did. As mentioned in All Things Tractor, before I started I had no clear idea what the difference was between tractors and diggers! There is a great resource from Preschool Powol Packets that lists the features of all the different construction trucks, with a quiz AND a free printable poster!

After learning about loaders, backhoes, dump trucks and cement mixers I was ready to go!

Arts and Crafts
Fill-a-Truck Fun!
See here for the truck I made for F that has interchangeable loads!

Fill-a-Truck Fun

Colouring Craft with added “Dirt”
This was inspired by Momstown Moments. I printed out two colouring pages from colouring.ws and gave them to F. After he had coloured the pictures I cut the vehicles out and glued them to a piece of construction paper. Then I prepared some “dirt” – using a mix of old pantry ingredients.

All Things Construction Vehicle!

Then I spread some glue around the picture and invited F to add the dirt.

All Things Construction Vehicle!

Activities
Construction Site Sensory Play
We had great fun with this small world construction site.

All Things Construction Vehicle!

Construction Truck Matching Game
I downloaded and printed this great free printable game from Teachers Pay Teachers.

All Things Construction Vehicle!

F has a matching game on his Kindle but is the first time he’s tried playing a “real” version. We started by matching all the pairs when the cards were face up, then tried matching with them face down.

Touch a Truck Festival
It is worth checking whether there is a festival coming to your area! At these events children get up close and personal with all kinds of trucks, with many that they climb into! We missed the festival that was near us back in May, but we will definitely be going to the one in 2014!

Kindle Apps
Tiny Diggers
There are various options within this game, either free play or learning games, featuring colours, shapes etc. Users get to “drive” the construction vehicles over the site and they can also collect tools.

 

Kids Trucks: Puzzles
This app offers 13 puzzles (jigsaw style) in ascending order of difficulty. They are all based around a construction site but also feature shapes, letters and numbers.

Books
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
This popular book is a lovely gentle read. It features the vehicles on the construction site all finishing work for the day and going to sleep.

I am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
This book clearly demonstrates the function of the vehicles on a construction site – very useful!

Here are some great construction vehicle resources from around the web:

Dump Truck Counting Mat from The Measured Mom

Bulldozer Shape Craft from No Time for Flashcards

Cement Truck Printable Craft from Learn Create Love (also features backhoe and dump truck versions)

Shaving Cream Construction Sensory Table from Preschool Powol Packets

Shape Truck Stamping from Toddler Approved

26 Sensory Alphabet Digs from Growing Book by Book

 

Following this construction vehicle week we gave F’s room a construction site themed bedroom makeover!

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