Over the course of twenty-six posts, I will introduce my own simple lessons for the letters of the alphabet. I will provide enough ideas and suggestions for a week's worth of activities.
For the letter C, we focused upon Construction.
Coloring.WS from DLTK's Construction Vehicle Coloring Pages
Super Coloring's Construction Vehicle Coloring Pages
Our neighbors recently had their driveway removed and repaved, which prompted my son to ask lots of questions about the equipment and construction in general on our walk to the library. He went to the library hoping to find books about Bob the Builder, but sadly our library doesn't have any about this famous TV contractor. Our librarian did pull out a half-dozen books on construction including Bulldozers by Jean Eick. My son looked over the book selection and chose two (this one and One Big Bulldozer by Michael Dahl).
We both enjoyed Eick's Bulldozers book with the many photographs, explanations, and definitions. The book explores what constitutes a bulldozer, how they are used, the different parts, and tools -- as well as how they are used worldwide.
Bulldozers teaches its readers several things in addition to facts about the construction vehicle. One can learn mathematics when Eick discusses the weight and height and geography with the inclusion of the world map when reading "Where in the world can you find a bulldozer?"
As so many construction vehicles have a rectangle as a base for the truck, practicing drawing rectangles this week is perfect.
For example, when I sketched a fire truck for my children to color, I used three rectangles along with three circles and a trapezoid.
Crafty-Crafted.com has a Basic Shapes Dump Truck Craft that is perfect for this week!
Make a dump truck-themed cake to share. Your kids will love to help not only with the decorating but also with the eating of the cake!
My kids love Melissa and Doug puzzles. They received this construction-themed one for Christmas.
Painting with Trucks
Use some of your children's older trucks and cars to paint. Run the trucks through paint on a tray and have them make tracks on paper. If you use large paper, you can even turn it into wrapping paper for a party when it dries.
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