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.
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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
See here for the truck I made for F that has interchangeable loads!
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.
Then I spread some glue around the picture and invited F to add the dirt.
Construction Site Sensory Play
We had great fun with this small world construction site.
Construction Truck Matching Game
I downloaded and printed this great free printable game from Teachers Pay Teachers.
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.
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.
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.
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!