Wednesday, December 29, 2010

January 2-8: Trucks

Book Suggestions:
Trucks by Byron Barton
My Truck is Stuck by Keven Lewis
My Big Truck Book by Rodger Priddy
Truck Board Book by Donald Crews
I Love Trucks by Philemon Sturges
Bright Baby Trucks by Priddy Books
Trucks by Fiona Watt
Trucks Roll by George Ella Lyon


Drive around:
Materials: plastic lid
Description: Using a plastic lid as a steering wheel, you and your toddler can drive around your living room. Talk to your toddler about where they would like to visit. Explain that a truck can help them get where they need to go. Talk about the shape of the steering wheel.

Skills Targeted: motor skill development, enhance creativity and imagination, shape recognition

Cardboard Box Truck:
Materials: A large cardboard box, markers
Description: Create a truck using a large cardboard box. Your toddler can choose what kind of truck they would like to make. (firetruck, garbage truck, pick-up truck etc.) Use a marker to draw wheels and add detail to the cardboard box. You can give your toddler a plastic lid to use as a steering wheel. Your toddler can sit in the truck and you can push them around your house.

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, lanugage development

Truck Hunt:
Description: You and your toddler can go on a truck hunt in your own neighborhood. Walk down your street (or sit in your front yard) and have your toddler point to all the trucks they see. Ask your toddler what color each truck is and if it is big or little. Count the trucks on your street.

Skills Targeted: color recognition, counting, language development, sensory development

Truck Wash:
Materials: bucket, sponge, soap
Description: Have your toddler help you wash your truck (or car). Your child could also wash his/her toy trucks in a bucket of soapy water.
Skills Targeted: develop life skills, motor skill development, sensory development

The Sounds of Trucks:
Description: Go outside with your toddler and listen to the sounds that different trucks make. You and your toddler can have fun together making the different sounds that firetrucks, garbage trucks, pick-up trucks, etc make.

Skills Targeted: sensory development, repeat sounds, language development

Pretend Play:
Materials: Plastic toy trucks
Description: Your toddler will learn a lot about trucks by simply playing with their toy trucks. Talk about the different parts of a truck as your toddler is playing and what shape each part is (wheels, bed, steering wheel etc). You could draw streets with sidewalk chalk outside for your toddler as they explore their toy trucks. You could help your toddler line the toy trucks up and count them. You can also help your toddler sort them by size or color.

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, shape recognition, counting, sorting, color recognition

Materials: Small box, printable coloring page, glue, crayons, small objects to put into the truck.
Description: Print the a picture of a truck from Have your toddler color both pictures of the truck. You, or your toddler, can cut out the two dump trucks and glue them to the sides of a small box. Your toddler can use their newly created truck to haul their toys or other small objects.
Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development

Truck Painting:
Materials: paint, matchbox trucks, paper
Description: Set out several colors of paint and a large sheet of paper. Allow your toddler to drive their matchbox trucks through the paint and onto the paper. The painted wheels will create a fun design on the paper.
Skills Targeted: color recognition, motor skill development, enhance creativity

Red Light, Green Light:
Materials: red and green construction paper, toy trucks
Description: Before doing this activity with your child cut out one red circle and one green circle from construction paper. Show your toddler the circles and have them tell you the colors. Explain to them that red means stop and green means go. Take turns holding up each circle in front of your child. When you hold up the green circle, your child can drive their matchbox trucks around. When you hold up the red circle, they have to make their trucks stop.

Skills Targeted: color recognition, follow directions

Truck Races:
Materials: index cards, markers, matchbox trucks.

Description: Write the letters a-z or numbers 1-10 on index cards. Lay the cards out in ABC or number order. Help your toddler drive their trucks from one index card to the next saying each letter or number as they drive over it.

Skills Targeted: number recognition, letter recognition, language development, motor skill development

Shape Truck:

Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue

Description: cut out a rectangle, a square and two circles. Show each shape to your toddler and have your little one name each shape. Help your toddler put the shapes together to make a truck.

Skills Targeted: shape recognition, motor skill development, language development

Songs and Fingerplays:

Where is Red Truck:

Sung to the tune of Where is Thumbkin?

Where is red truck?

Where is red truck?
Here I am.

Here I am.

I have four wheels.

Listen to my horn beep.

I am red.

I am red.

Continue with different color trucks. You can hold up each different color truck as you say this rhyme.

Garbage Truck
(sung to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush)

The garbage truck picks up the trash,
picks up the trash, picks up the trash.
The garbage trucks picks up the trash,
and leaves an empty can.

Sing this song with your toddler as you both watch the garbage man take your trash.

10 little Trucks:
1 little, 2 little, 3 little trucks
4 little, 5 little, 6 little trucks
7 little, 8 little, 9 little trucks
10 little trucks on the street.

Online Fun:

Flip Truck:
Your toddler will have fun making real and silly trucks using this online flip book.

Fire Truck:
Your toddler will enjoy exploring different fire trucks online.

Truck Sounds:
Your toddler can listen to the different sounds that trucks make here.

Coloring Pages:
Choose from a variety of truck coloring pages to print and color with your child.

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