I was so excited to see that Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is the featured book for this week in the Virtual Book Club For Kids. We got this book after my second son was born because even as a young baby he loved farm animals, and it’s still a favorite. This week we are sharing a Little Blue Truck activity to work on name spelling and letter recognition!
For this activity, we knew we wanted to make the Little Blue Truck and/or the the Dump Truck from the story. We wanted to keep it simple and use things we could find around the house, so we used recycled materials and basic supplies. We took this activity outside and drove the trucks we made on a road made from chalk, but you could also to this inside with painter’s tape, like this tape road activity from Hands On As We Grow. There’s so many ways to customize this activity to make it work for your family, and it’s a lot of fun!
Make one (or both) of the trucks from Little Blue Truck:
We decided to make both because I have two kids at home and we had these supplies on hand.
Little Blue Truck:
This craft was inspired by the tractor craft from Toddler Things. It’s just so cute and simple! We adapted it to make it look Like the Little Blue Truck. Here’s how we made ours:
- cardboard tube
- squeeze pouch tops or plastic bottle caps
- blue paint and paintbrush
- hot glue or tacky glue
- blue or white paper
- Paint the tube blue. Let dry,
- Use scissors to cut two lines from the end of the tube, stopping about halfway in.
- Fold the cut piece halfway up as shown.
- Trim the window area to desired height.
- Glue the 4 wheels on with hot glue. I chose hot glue because it dries so fast, but I’m sure many glues are suitable for this.
- Cut out a small rectangle from white or light blue paper.
- Glue the rectangle to the window area of the truck.
- Optional: Paint the inside of the truck blue to match (we skipped this step).
The Dump Truck:
- cardboard egg carton
- yellow paint and paint brush
- 1 chenille stem (a pipe cleaner)
- blue or white paper
We followed the directions in the DIY Dump Truck post from Rub Some Dirt On It. You’ll want to head over there for some great detailed instructions on how to make it. We changed it up a little bit to make it look like Dump in the book, Instead of coloring it, we chose to paint it like we did with the Little Blue Truck we made. We also made two smaller rectangle windows using the same paper we used earlier.
Spell Your Name with Help from the Trucks!
- cardboard egg carton OR paper roll tubes
- Optional: This Name Letters Printable
I just made simple roads using chalk. I made it long enough for both of the boys to play and to fit the letters of their names.
Make the Letter Signs:
Print the printable, and cut out the letters your child needs to spell their name. You can also draw your own letter signs on cardstock and cut them out.
We used egg cartons and cardboard tubes as stands for the letter signs. To use egg cartons, cut each section out individually, and then cut a slit in the top to hold the paper. To use a cardboard tube, first cut small sections off to make several signs from one tube. Then make two small cuts in the top to hold the letter as shown above.
After the signs are made, stand them along the road. You may want to start in order for children just beginning to learn how to spell their name (like my toddler). For my preschooler who already knows how to spell his name, I did this out of order so he had to “drive” back and forth along the road to collect his letters.
My preschooler played by starting at the beginning of the road, driving along, and stopping at his letters. As he stopped, he took the letter off of the stand and loaded it into his truck. He continued this until he got all of the letters in his name. At the end of the road he laid out is letters in order to spell his name.
With my toddler (who is going on 2), we just went along collecting letters in his name in no particular order, just focusing on letter recognition rather than getting the order correct.
I let them free play with it, which of course ended up with the trucks crashing into the letters and a lot of dumping going on. Typical 🙂
Next time it may be fun to make a “barn” or “farm” to round up the letters to put them in!
Another way to play:
Here we used pom poms. I wrote letters on duct tape, and taped them onto the pom poms so the boys could use them as little “rocks” to play with. These were extra fun with the Dump Truck.
Join in on the fun!
There are so many great activities in the Virtual Book Club For Kids facebook group! We would love for you to join in!
More Farm Activities
Farm Animal I SPY & Graph Printable – School Time Snippets
Number Games Based on Little Blue Truck Books – J Daniel 4s Mom
Decorate a Farm Animal – Mama Smiles
Little Blue Truck Farm Animal Story Retelling – Powerful Mothering
Roll-a-Story Fun (Includes Character Printables) — Chickadee Lit