If you’ve stopped by lately you know that this year we are doing a very boy-oriented home preschool — currently focused around his vehicle obsession. This week we did vehicle activities for the letter “D” — which means dump trucks and diggers!
To practice writing upper and lower case letter “D,” I asked him to trace the highlighter letters using a broken piece of crayon.
I was hoping the smaller writing object would correct some of his pencil grip. Since the crayon was so much smaller than a typical pencil, he did put his fingers on it closer to the standard pencil grip kids are taught at school. (I’m thinking we will use more broken crayons in the future!)
In all honesty, he really didn’t want to fuss with writing this time around. I mean, there were dump trucks and diggers everywhere and he just couldn’t wait to see what we were going to do with them. And who could blame him?
Our first activity was a big hit.
I got out our bottle cap letters and he right away started loading them into one of the dump trucks, saying the name of each letter he loaded.
I let him play for a while before I introduced the next part of the activity.
Earlier I had asked him what types of things dump trucks carry. We came up with 3 short words: dirt, rocks,and mud. I wrote each of these on a square of paper in all capital letters. Then I asked him to have the dump truck bring these items to our building block construction site. He loaded up the lower case letters needed to spell each object.
He had so much fun with this one that I am pretty sure we will be doing it again!
Next I brought out the basket of diggers and dump trucks that I had collected from around the house.
I also had a stack of number cards. I asked him to line the trucks up and count them while putting the number cards in order.
I was kind of amazed by how many diggers and dumpers we had, just upstairs. (Please tell me I’m not the only mom of a boy with tons of construction vehicles!)
For our craft this time around I got out the (affiliate link for your convenience) Diggers Stencil Book a friend of mine had given him for Christmas.
Until now he has primarily used the book as a puzzle book, removing the stencils and then matching them back up to the correct diggers in the book.
This time around we got out paper and he traced the various diggers. Afterwards he spent time coloring each of them. Not only was it a fun craft for him, but it was also good practice for that manual dexterity he will need for better writing skills.
As he was coloring his diggers, I started to get lunch ready. That’s when he threw me for a bit of a loop. “Yeah! Dump truck lunch!”
I guess he figured since we had a car snack when we did the letter “C” that Mommy had something great planned….
I didn’t want to let him down, so this is what I came up with:
Thank goodness for scissors and tortillas! I just cut out the basic shape of a dump truck from the tortilla, put rolled up ham, cheese squares, and carrot sticks in the dumper, used a cut piece of ham for the window, and added banana wheels and carrot accessories. I decided to have it drive over a bumpy grape road.
My preschooler had lots of fun with all his vehicle activities for the letter “D” — and so did I!