During our truck study, I use a variety of shapes and colors for children to choose from and make their own trucks. We talk about trucks, how they look, the number of tires on a truck, the back and front of trucks, the colors of trucks and more. There are also scissors and paper available in case a child wants to make their own shape.
Some children choose to cut out their own circles for their truck tires. Each child’s truck is unique. One child watches the others before starting on his truck. He likes to get ideas from others before beginning.
Here is one truck with a big yellow back.
There is no right or wrong. This child put a triangle at the front of her truck.
What learning can happen with this activity?
Emotional – choosing their own designs and papers for trucks helps a child feel good about himself and her choices
Cognitive – labeling the shapes and colors. Are the tires on top of the truck or under the truck?
Language – talking about the type of truck. Where will it go? What will it carry in the back? Who will drive the truck?
Physical – fine motor skills are being developed as a child picks up the construction paper pieces, puts glue on the paper, presses the shape on the glue, writes their name, and cuts their own shape.
This is a great time to encourage and acknowledge the wonderful choices each child makes!