“Little Blue Truck” ~ with cars, dinosaurs and a John Deere tractor!

Little Blue Truck

I recently discovered Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle, with illustrations by Jill McElmurry.

It is a fun story. It has a cute main character,

farm animal sounds,

…adorable illustrations, rhyming words, and more animal sounds…

But best of all, it is a story of friendship and helping others.

I plan to use this book and incorporate dramatic play with cars, animals, blocks, boxes, and toys.

Match box cars were recently on sale at Walmart for dollar each, a great find!

I used a small blanket, blue painters tape, duct tape, scissors, a wrapping paper tube, and a variety of toys that I have used over the years to make a portable community.

Blocks can be stacked to create buildings and various constructions.

Your children can use whatever action figures they have to create action in their play.


Clean up is easy. Just toss the toys in a box and roll up the blanket and you are ready to go!

Another option:

For a more washable version, I have decided to use an 8 foot vinyl table cloth, fold it in half, then sew or hot glue the edges together. This gives a smooth surface on both sides that can easily be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe. We can then use dry erase markers to draw rivers, buildings, woods, and etc. on the surface. The possibilities are endless!

Have fun together!

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13 comments to “Little Blue Truck” ~ with cars, dinosaurs and a John Deere tractor!

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    Having photos are important for me, it’s hard to scroll through a bunch of underlined text trying to figure out what is exciting to click on (but that might just be me)

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  • What a lovely blog … love ur wonderful ideas !!!

  • No problem Kristi! I’m new to all this as well, I’ve had a family blog for a while and made the leap to the “public” blog just a little while ago. Link parties and blog hops have been my way of “mingling” these past 2 months. I’m no expert by any means, LOL!

    You know, I’m willing to bet that based on the popularity of the “link party” that blogger and wordpress and possibly typepad might be rolling out their own widget versions sooner rather than later.

  • Wouldn’t that be great! I really like the photos too and find myself bypassing text only linkyies. We love ‘visual’ at my house. :)

  • Pip

    oh i do love the idea of making your own road mat. So cheap and simple too. We use a lot of different blankets and sheets to make hills and fields in our farm play. or beaches with the sea and sealife in it. This would be a fun new thing to try!!
    Pipx

  • This is a very good idea. Love the little tunnel :)
    We are planning to make a car park and this road mat would be perfect to go with it.

  • Pip and Mermaid~I definitely like the vinyl tablecloth version. It doesn’t pick up so much dirt. Plus I like being able to draw on it. Thanks for stopping by.

  • My daughter would love this book and the activity!
    Thanks for stopping at my blog!

  • Shannon

    My son loves this book! You need to check out her book about Blue- Little Blue Truck Leads the Way. It’s also very fun and he loves them both.