Boys love construction vehicles!
Our preschool alphabet activities using construction vehicles were a huge hit with my son, and are sure to be a hit with other dump truck fans, too. They were the latest in our series of Alphabet Activities with Toy Vehicles.
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Each time we work on a new letter, I like to find a fun way to practice writing it. For the letter “D” I used a highlighter marker to write lower and upper case letters on our preschool writing paper.
I asked my son to trace the highlighter letters using a broken piece of crayon.
Why a broken 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!)
Preschool Alphabet Activity with Toy Trucks
This Vehicle Letter Transport activity was a big hit.
To recreate the activity you will need a collection of plastic bottle caps.
Use a permanent marker to write the letters of the alphabet on the plastic lids.
You can easily customize this for your child, using either lower case or upper case letters. You can also focus on just certain letters if you want. We did the activity using all 26 letters of the alphabet.
Start off the activity by having your child load the letters into the back of a toy dump truck, saying the name of each letter as it is loaded.
Your child can use their hand, or if you have a toy front loader, they can use the digger to help load the letters. This is so much fun!
You can take this activity further for older children and use the letters to spell out short words.
We came up with 3 short words: dirt, rocks,and mud. These are all things a dump truck might carry. You could also use your child’s sight words or spelling words.
Write each word on a square of paper.
To work on capital and lower case letter recognition I wrote them 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.
Preschool Truck Activity for Math
Construction vehicles are also great for counting!
Since we were focusing on dump trucks and diggers, I decided to only use these for the activity. (And, wow, do we have a lot of diggers and dump trucks!)
Using a set of number cards, have your child line up the trucks and then count them while putting the number cards in order. This is great for working on one-to-one correspondence as well as number indentafication and counting.
If your child loves diggers and dump trucks as much as mine, then they will love this Diggers Stencil Book.
We have used the stencils in the book kind of like a puzzle, matching them back to the pages they go to. Plus, tracing the stencils is a fun way to work on fine motor skills.
These preschool alphabet activities using toy trucks are sure to be a hit with boys (and girls) that love construction vehicles.
For more hands-on preschool activities:
- Learning Activities with Toy Cars
- “M” Is for Monster Truck — hands-on learning activities using toy monster trucks
- Construction Truck Word Construction from Family Days Tried and Tested
- 40+ Hands-On Activities for Letters and Numbers
Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy says
I have to start collecting bottle tops and we need more trucks! Great idea.
It’s amazing how fast those bottle caps add up! I’m hoping to use them for his big sister in practicing site words, too!
I did the same thing with my son Beck. We focused a lot on trains too. To engage younger learners is a plus in my book! Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂
Trains are definitely in our future! 🙂
Crystal @ Crystal's Tiny Treasures says
These are all great ideas, especially the lunch! Thank you for linking up to Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you this week at Crystal’s Tiny Treasures.
Thank you so much for featuring it!
The dump truck letter find is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing and linking up!