“Horn went, ‘Beep!’ Engine purred. Friendliest sounds you ever heard.” Little Blue Truck is this week’s featured book for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Try out our farm animal races and then check out all of the other Little Blue Truck activities and farm themed ideas at the end of the post. Affiliate links are included in this post.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Little Blue Truck is always a kid favorite. Blue is beeping along saying hi to all of the farm animals he passes when a dump truck goes roaring by. The dump truck gets stuck in the mud, but no one wants to help a big mean truck. Little Blue tries to help, but he gets stuck too. He calls for help, and all of the animals come to his rescue. The dump truck learns a valuable lesson in kindness. If you love Little Blue Truck, you’ll enjoy the rest of the books in the series as well. Look for Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, Little Blue Truck’s Christmas (with twinkle lights), and the latest Little Blue Truck’s Halloween (a lift-the-flap board book).
Farm Animal Races
All three of my kids (ages 6, 2, and 6 months) enjoyed this activity. We built a simple ramp and raced farm animals in a truck.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a ramp
- animals (we used Little People animals)
- a little blue truck (we used this Green Toys Pickup Truck)
Build a ramp with materials you have around the house. For this ramp, we used plastic storage bins and a piece of cardboard. Place the truck with a farm animal (or two or three) at the top of the ramp. Let the truck full of animals roll down the ramp.
What happens if only one animal is in the truck?
What happens when you add more animals to the truck?
Does the truck go down the ramp faster or slower? Time the races to find out.
Lily wanted to see if the animals would roll down the ramp, too. She gave them a push and watched them slide down.
If you make the ramp short enough even babies can play, too. Use materials that are safe for mouthing (skip the cardboard and any small animals). Let your baby push the truck and play with the animals.
Read more about exploring ramps and the energy of motion in our K is for Kinetic Energy post (part of the A to Z Science series for toddlers and preschoolers).
More Little Blue Truck Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
See more farm themed ideas and Little Blue Truck activities:
Farm Animal Beginning Sounds and Bingo Game from Rainy Day Mum
Little Blue Truck ABC Animal Pick Up from Growing Book by Book
Farm Alphabet Scavenger Hunt from Sunny Day Family
Spell Your Name With The Little Blue Truck from To be a Kid Again
Play & Count Farm Animals from My Storytime Corner
Farm Animal I SPY & Graph Printable from School Time Snippets
Number Games Based on Little Blue Truck Books from JDaniel4’s Mom
Litttle Blue Truck Sensory Bin from Adventures of Adam
Haystacks Snack for Kids from Views From a Step Stool
Mud Pit Chip Dip from Preschool Powol Packets
Little Blue Truck Magnetic Farm Activity from The Educators’ Spin On It
Colour Sorting with Farm Animals from Clare’s Little Tots
Decorate a Farm Animal from Mama Smiles
Little Blue Truck Farm Animal Story Retelling from Powerful Mothering
Roll-a-Story Fun (Includes Character Printables) from Chickadee Lit
Farm Themed Brain Breaks from Sugar Aunts
Hide & Match Farm Animal Puzzle Game from Toddler Approved
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See our entire Virtual Book Club for Kids book list here.
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