Tuesday, November 13, 2012

{Ten for Tuesday} Things That Go Series: Week #2 - Trucks!

I started this series last week. We started with trains, a major obsession for Wild Thing, and people seem to like it, so I am excited this week to feature ways to learn/read/explore/snack/play/etc. with trucks. 

1. Reading with Trucks - Wild Thing loves truck books, maybe more actually than train books because there are so many different types of trucks. He takes his time looking through the books and focusing on every single truck. I will never forget the heads that turned when we were waiting in line for swimming lessons this summer and my (then) 2.5 yo, upon seeing a truck, exclaimed - A backhoe! (and it was). Our favorites are: Trucks Roll, Toot! (this author has a great series of books, and we actually love them all - his 15 month old brother is really getting into this series now too). We also like You Can Name 100 Trucks, which a good friend gave us. Creative Connections with Kids shared the book Little Blue Truck and related play activities inspired by the book.  


2. Watching Trucks - Garbage and Recycling Day cause great excitement at our house. The boys both love to sit on the back step and watch the trucks pick up the trash and recycling. Another idea is to check out a construction site - of course watching from a safe distance. 

3. Learning with Trucks - Toddler Approved shared a shapes craft for making trucks, and shapes definitely work well in the world of truck learning. Her activity also makes use of patterns and puzzles as other concepts for the tot/preschoolers to learn. In fact, she has done lots of learning with trucks including Monster Mash (Letter Learning Activity) and Counting Crush truck play. Royal Baloo made ABC truck printables for letter learning.

4. Truck Sensory Bins/Small World Play - At home with Ali made a very cool construction world with pebble cloud dough, blocks, trucks and even a homemade crane. You have GOT to check it out. Plus, Dirt and Boogers made a sensory construction site that is too cute. Another great sensory activity for toy trucks is using shaving cream like Creative Playhouse. I know Wild Thing would get really into this turning his trucks into snowplows and imagining the shaving cream as snow! 

I created a sensory play experience for the boys with their trucks too with corn meal cloud dough (cornmeal mixed with some baby oil. The suggested ratio is 8 parts corn meal or flour to 1 part baby oil, but I just eyeballed it), ice cube bricks, popcorn kernels (that did not pop in a bag of microwave popcorn and that I tucked away for later) and some leftover lavender, oats and salt from when we made a Lavender Bath Scrub for grandma.

I think the added element of the trucks for exploration kept Caterpillar from trying to put the kernels in his mouth. Both of the boys enjoyed playing with this in different ways. Eventually, Caterpillar stood up on the cookie sheet and explored the different textures in the bin with his feet. I loved the different sensory experiences they both chose to have.
(This is actually the third use of the corn meal, which was first used in our Bee Sensory Bin, then used for a sifting and sorting activity). I put towels under the cookie sheet to help contain the mess a bit. 

5. Play Games with Trucks - I think someone over at Toddler Approved loves trucks because she also has a truck matching game using a file folder and photos. (I think that makes 4-5 truck activities, so if you have a little one who loves trucks and such, you should definitely start following her blog). I also want to share this fun memory game from Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk using toys and a truck (with toys being placed inside the truck).

6. Paint with Trucks - Truck tracks make cool patterns so painting/art created through driving trucks through paint and onto a surface offers a creative way to use your trucks. Also, I recommend activities like this for transportation loving kiddos that might be reluctant artists. Mess for Less shows us just how much fun it can be. 

7. Truck Food - Not trucker food, but truck-shaped food (of course). Not as clever this time as we were with the train pancakes, but the truck food did work in terms of getting the boys to eat. Caterpillar loved his peanut butter truck (with 18 wheels - we counted) and Wild Thing ate all of his baked chicken nuggets, which is rare.    

8. Play Dough Construction Site - Hands On : As We Grow shared a play dough construction site that looks like lots of fun and would be less messy than a sensory bin, if the mess intimidates you.

9. Make Lego/Block Trucks - Wild Thing loves turning his blocks into anything that goes and that includes trucks. Here is his latest truck masterpiece. He insisted on taking the photo himself, too. 


10. Just Play!! - Just like last time, simple play with trucks always goes over well. Wild Thing prefers playing with his trucks in the sand box or with dirt. He also loves to make a road for his trucks. 



While we do have a sand box and some (much more basic) trucks at home to play with, these photos are from Underwood Family Farms (on our Top Ten Budget-Friendly SoCal Outings for Families list) where they have a much bigger sand box and many more truck options. 

Next week? Cars!! Please share (in the comments or on my FB page) any of your favorite car activities, blog posts or books so that I can make sure and include them in the series. Also, make sure you are following me on Pinterest as I recently created a new Pinboard just for this series called Things That Go!. The board includes the activities featured in the series and many other activities for kids obsessed with all things transportation!

One last quick thing: Day 13 (of 21 Days of Gratitude) - Grateful for messes as they usually mean we are having fun! 

This post was featured at Moms Library Link-Up by Chicken Babies.

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Ten for Tuesday: Things That Go - Trains!
Ten for Tuesday: Fire Trucks
Things That Go Pinboard

7 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to your cars post! For whatever reason, none of my kids have really done trucks or trains, but Johnny and Lily both will play with cars for HOURS.

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  2. I love the food creations! What fun ways you have to play with trucks!

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  3. Thanks for the great Book recommendations!!! I've been trying to find some good ones for my Construction Equipment loving guy!! And some of these have a variety of "trucks" that will be perfect for him.

    And to Maryanne @ mama smiles, i only have 2 kids, but their names are Lily and Johnny also! And they both love to play with trucks/cars etc... (and the trains of course too)

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  4. I think we need a bigger sand pit here on the farm, that giant one looks perfect for hours of play. Keeping the sand in the box is always the greatest challenge! I love your series and look forward to the next installment. Thank you for joining me on Country Kids

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  5. Love the ideas! Thanks for linking up to Mom's Library. I featured you today!

    http://chickenbabies.blogspot.com/2012/11/moms-library-link-up.html

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  6. Another great post from you.

    The activities listed here are just fab!

    And at the end of a hard day playing with trucks I'd recommend reading 'Good night, Good night, Construction Site"

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  7. This is a great list. SO much fun to be had in these posts. Thank you :)

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