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Drinking Straw Truck

Truck Craft

This was a collaborative effort, my son was watching a show about the Three Little Pigs and the one pig with a straw house sparked his interest in making something with drinking straws. So his first request was a train, but we didn’t have enough straws so we settled on a pick up truck. This does require some prep but I love how it turned out. The placing of the straws is tricky but it’s a great lesson in fine motor and patience!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need drinking straws, 2 pieces of construction paper, a marker, crayons, scissors, glue and 2 milk caps.AASept8 001
  2. Start by drawing a truck on a piece of paper, if your child is able to have them do this.  Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, mine certainly isn’t, as long as your child knows it’s a truck you are set.AASept8 002
  3. Give your child the 2nd piece of paper and explain the truck needs a road. We used black paper and white and yellow crayons. AASept8 007
  4. While they are doing this ( or before you even invite them to the table) cut the straws to fit over the truck, I did the cutting them made three piles, the hood, the cab and the bed. AASept8 003
  5. Add glue, a lot of glue.AASept8 004
  6. Spread said glue around.AASept8 005
  7. Add the straws.  We did them by group, and I showed him how to do it for the first , then he did the rest. This is tricky so I find if I prepare him for it to be delicate, and tricky he doesn’t get frustrated when it’s hard. I tell him over and over how tricky it is, but that I know he can do it, and it’s okay to ask for help, even mommy thinks it’s hard.  It works for us ( most days).AASept8 006
  8. Keep adding them until the picture is covered.AASept8 010
  9. Add the milk lids for wheels and let dry. It takes ages to dry.AASept8 011
  10. Cut out and glue onto the road way they made.Transportation Craft

Books

Three Little Rigs

“The Three Little Rigs” by David Gordon is a fresh twist on the classic Three Little Pigs with trucks instead of pigs. My son ate this book up, he loved it. The “wolf” in the story is a wrecking ball that smashes and crashes the Little Rigs garages , I thought he was a little scary but after reading the book I asked my son his favorite part and sure enough he said the wrecking ball. I loved the illustrations and was not surprised one bit to read that the author/illustrator has done work for Pixar.

Trucks Whizz Zoom Rumble

“Trucks Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!” by Patricia Hubbell was another hit with my son. The book is about all the trucks that one can find on the road, from armoured trucks to diggers and of course garbage trucks! My son is a huge garbage truck fan and was elated when there wasn’t just one but two in this book!  The text rhymes and chugs along well with the whimsical collaged illustrations by Megan Halsey.  Many of the drivers in the book are animals and when I asked my osn if elephants really drive trucks he looked at me seriously and said ” Sometimes they do! ” , regardless of my son’s take on reality he really enjoyed this book and if your child is as into trucks as he is they will too.

When Daddy's Truck Picks Me Up

“When Daddy’s Truck Picks Me Up” by Jana Novotany Hunter is not so much a book about trucks as it is about trust in your parents.  A little boy is excited to see his dad who is a truck driver and away from home often, today is the day he comes to preschool to pick him up, or maybe not. What I like about this book is that your child gets to see that the dad is eager to get to the school to see his little guy as much as the littl eboy is eager to see his dad. Sadly sometimes even when arents try to get there on time they just aren’t, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get there as soon as they can and still love you .  I can say that in all my years of teaching classes a late parent was almot a daily event, and while it was nothing to us teachers a young child is thrown for a loop! I think this book is a wonderful resource for parents to talk about the possibility of this happening.

Road Trip !

Cereal Box
Gas Pump!

We are on vacation ! Don’t worry there will still be something new every day , I have been saving up and have some super fun guest posts from amazing bloggers lined up as well. We’ve been prepping our son for the trip , we have made up songs , talked and read about driving and Sunday we made this! He played with it all evening and had to gas up every single car today.

  1. Gather your materials . You will will need a cereal box, some tape ( any will do),2 pieces of construction paper, markers, some stickers with letters and numbers, a pipe cleaner, a bendy straw, and a picture hook You will Also need a hot glue gun, which wasn’t pictured .
  2. Start by having your child color the construction paper.
  3. Next wrap and tape the paper around the cereal box. I used painters tape because my son was excited to help tape. The painters tape lets him help and when the tape folds on it self it’s not the end of the world because it doesn’t stick too hard. It also doesn’t pull out hair when it ends up in it. I left access to the inside of the box but NOT covering the bottom.
  4. Add your signage and amount per gallon. When I asked my son how much he said 1.99 , earlier in the day we went past a sign for 1.99 milk and he asked me about it.
  5. Time to make your hose. I wish I had one of those bumpy straws from kids cups at restaurants , they would have been perfect for this , but I didn’t have one. Cut your straw into small pieces .
  6. Thread the straw pieces onto your pipe cleaner. I was so excited when my son was able to do this. It’s awesome fine motor and hand eye coordination practice!
  7. The last piece should be the piece of the straw that bends to make a spout. Bend the end of the pipe cleaner around the end of the straw.
  8. Poke a hole in the side of the cereal box.
  9. Thread the bottom of the pipe cleaner through the hole and tape inside the box .
  10. Using hot glue add a painting hook to the side.
  11. Hang up your hose and gather some cars to play !
  12. Get your gas now before the price goes up!

Books!

“This Is The Van That Dad Cleaned” by Lisa Campbell Ernst gave me a good chuckle, I only have one child and my car seems to multiply sippy cups, cheddar bunny crumbs and a mess on it’s own! This book is about a dad with a van, a clean van and 3 kids who ruin that very quickly. The siblings act like siblings teasing and fighting while making a growing mess in their poor dad’s clean van. The book is a poem that keeps growing and growing like the mess. In the end the kids are the ones that clean up the mess and I like that, in our house like the book even the baby helps clean up.

“Trucks Roll” by George Ella Lyon got a huge compliment from my son today when we read it. When he really really wants more of something not only does he ask for it with words but the sign language he learned so long ago comes out. This book got the “More Trucks!” out loud and the frantic more signs! The book is the perfect length for 2-4 year olds who like my son love anything you can drive. It also explains well what trucks drivers do and how so many things make it from one place to the next. Cute book, worth a read for sure!

” Truck Driver Tom “ by Monica Wellington is one of my son’s picks. The story is simple, Tom and his puppy drive produce from the farm to the market and see the country side and much more along the way. The best part of this book are the fun bright and detailed illustrations, there is a wide variety of trucks, cars , emergency and construction vehicles! Also it’s a great lesson about how our food gets from the farm to us

More Transportation Books !

“Freight Train” by Donald Crews is best reviewed by my son who loves it so much he “reads” it to us. This video was taken for grand parents far away but it was perfect for this post. Clearly proof of how many times we have read it, renewed it from the library and genuinely enjoy it as a family.


“My Truck is Stuck”
by Kevin Lewis is a fun book full of great rhymes and funny illustrations from Daniel Kirk. The story is simple a truck is stuck and even though other vehicles come to help, nothing budges until a tow truck arrives. The best part is the cargo of bones in the truck are slowly stolen by hungry gophers while the others work to free the truck. It’s got a great message about helping people and the illustrations make me giggle, especially the guy in the moving van who is blowing bubbles. I have never understood that but it makes me laugh.


“Trucks Go”
by Steve Light is a new find for us. I spotted this board book from across the library during preschool story time today. There were kids everywhere and I was not sure that I would get to it before someone else did. I kept my composure , didn’t have to elbow a single person and popped it in my bag. The minute of worry was worth it , what an awesome book! The illustrations are so beautiful that I would seriously consider framing every page. The book goes through different trucks ( garbage truck, cement mixer, fire engine etc..) and the sounds they make. My son was laughing and repeating the sounds while we read this at bedtime and enjoyed the water color illustrations almost as much as I did. Grab this one like I did.


“The Truck Book”
by Harry McNaught is another favorite in our house, mostly because it has a forklift in it. There isn’t much of a story, instead it’s a collection of labeled illustrations. If your child is like mine and loves , no obsesses over things that move this is a fantastic book. I admit I get bored reading it even if my son doesn’t. To fight that boredom we play I spy and both of us are happy.


“The Mighty Street Sweeper”
by Patrick Moore is a rare book, it’s rare because it is a story about self esteem clothed in a truck book. The street sweeper isn’t the biggest, the fastest or the most powerful truck but it’s still mighty and proud. I really like this book, we read it before nap and again before bed and I liked it even more the second time. The message about being happy with who you are is really touching . I liked that the book says that you don’t have to be the best at everything to still be proud of your hard work. My son really enjoyed this book as well and it was excited to read it again at bedtime.

Submarine Craft

submarine craft

This was a spur of the moment craft. We were going to make a lady bug but at the last minute my son said “I know! Ubb-marine.” So after I drew a few funny looking things I came up with this. Because it was last minute we only have one book today. If you have a great submarine book please leave the title in the comments for everyone to check out!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a piece of construction paper, some crayons, a marker, scissors, tape and tissue paper.
  2. Start by drawing a basic submarine.
  3. Hand it to your little sailor and have them color it to their hearts content!
  4. While they do that cut the tissue paper into small squares.
  5. Cut it out
  6. Fold in half and cut circles on the fold. I asked my son how many he wanted. Older kids can do this step independently.
  7. Flip over and add the tissue paper. Tape right over it all. I did this step, but handed my son some tape to tape some scrap paper and you’d think I gave him a huge bowl of ice cream he was so excited. So even though I was taping our project he was still participating.
  8. Pop it up in your window and let the sun shine through the portholes!

Book!

Super Submarines (Amazing Machines) by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker has been on my son’s dresser next to his bed for months. It gets read all the time. It’s the reason my son knows what a submarine is, and can say periscope. The text is fun and has great rhymes, the pages are filled with information presented in a fun way. I am in awe of the author and illustrator for being able to help me teach my 2 year old about sonar, propellers and submersibles! I admit I have learned a lot from this little book!

 

Recycled Box Town

Recycle Town!
We are all about being frugal and recycling at our house and after a certain someone got a new recycling truck for going potty consistently we decided to make a recycled town for the new truck to drive around. This has been a big hit with my son, and because the store fronts can be changed up, or just taken off the boxes can be used to play store , for another craft or finally make their way into the blue bin at the end of your drive way.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cereal boxes, and smaller boxes ( like mac and cheese, or cracker boxes), scissors, markers, and tape. You will need a box and a half for each building. Don’t forget your recycling truck!
  2. Start by talking with your child and deciding what to draw, I drew our buildings but if your child wants to , go for it! My son decided on a church, fire station and the aquarium. Make as many or as few buildings as you wish.
  3. Open up the cereal boxes and draw inside.
  4. Have your child color the buildings if you drew them.
  5. While they color, draw some roadway.
  6. Hand them the road way when they are done with the buildings and let them at it !
  7. Cut out the buildings and roadway.
  8. Tape store fronts to the full boxes.
  9. PLAY!

Song!


My Backyard!

Don’t throw your junk in my backyard,
my backyard,
my backyard ,
Don’t throw your junk in my backyard,
my back yard’s full!

Rocks and trees and butterflies
butterflies,
butterflies,

Rocks and trees and butterflies

Dirt and leaves and bugs!’

Don’t throw your junk in my backyard,
my backyard,
my backyard,
Don’t throw your junk in my backyard ,
my backyard’s full!



Books !

” The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute ( anymore) “ by Stan and Jan Berenstain provides an excellent overview of a whole bunch of concerns for our world. It touches on recycling, deforestation, air pollution and more. The text would be far too long for the younger crowd but Pre-K on up would be an appropriate age range.


” The Whole Green World”
by Tony Johnston is a celebration of the Earth and it’s beauty. The text is short enough to hold young children’s attention and the illustrations by Elisa Kleven are bright and so detailed you will fall in love! I think it’s important to teach our children to see the beauty of the Earth, especially when we are teaching them to conserve it!