Overview: The Little Blue Truck is a favorite among most preschoolers and toddlers. Here’s two fun activities to go along with the book.
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“Again Mommy! Again!” Sicily shouted as I finished The Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle for the hundredth time in the past hour.
Even for little girls, this beloved book is a huge hit.
So naturally, I came up with a few fun activities to extend the learning.
The Little Blue Truck Activities
As usual, I love messy activities. But I know most parents don’t like to get the mess out, so there are two activities. One for the mess makers and one for the non-mess makers.
The Little Blue Truck Sensory Activity
This sensory activity was a huge hit. Both kids played with it for over an hour.
And I had to bring it back out everyday for over a week.
We didn’t have a blue truck, so we substituted for a blue car.
- Cocoa Powder
- Corn Starch
- Farm Animals from Story
- Dump Truck
- Blue Truck
- In a bowl, mix 1 cup corn starch and 1/2 cup cocoa powder.
- Add water until you get a goop consistency. When you poke the mixture, it should feel solid. But when you pour the mixture, it should look like a liquid.
- Add the mixture to the tray and add the other materials.
- Set it out on the floor and let your kiddos explore.
I like to do these messy activities either in the kitchen or on a plastic lid to keep the mess contained. I always have wipes or a sink nearby for easy clean up.
The Little Blue Truck Literacy Activity
Sicily liked this literacy activity as well. I even differentiated it for little man.
I gathered a few objects and placed in a basket. Some objects were from the story and others were not.
Then I took a tray and labeled one side Yes and the other side No.
After reading The Little Blue Truck, I showed Sicily the objects. We went through each one. If it was in the story, she placed it in the Yes tray. If it was not in the story, she placed it in the No tray.
I always start by asking her without using the book, but if she can’t remember we go back and look through the book together to find out the answer.
Even though Kade couldn’t talk at the time, I still did a little vocabulary with him. I took each object in the basket and held it up. I said the name of the object 3 times before grabbing another one. He spent a good 10 minutes exploring each object in the basket.
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