Some kids have special blankets or stuffed animals that they take to bed with them each night. My 3 year old? He sleeps with his toy cars and trucks.
He just can’t seem to part with his beloved toy vehicles when it’s time to sleep. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been awoken in the middle of the night, to the sound of honking and beeping, when he bumps one of the buttons on the vehicles as he sleeps.
I knew it was about time to incorporate his love of cars and trucks into our learning activities.
We’ve been working on letter identification lately, because his interest has skyrocketed in the past few weeks. This simple game was a fun way for us to combine his favorite toys with learning the alphabet.
What you need:
- Toy truck (we used a medium-sized one)
- Index cards (or other thick paper)
- Construction paper (2 sheets)
I started by cutting some index cards into squares (approx. 1 inch x 1 inch). I folded each square in half (so that they would stand upright), and used a marker to write a letter of the alphabet on each one.
I put them all on a large sheet of construction paper, and set it on the floor next to a toy truck. I also set a second sheet of paper on the other side of the room (this was the delivery destination)…
Zahir (age 3) noticed what I was doing, and was eager to play.
I told him his job was to use the truck to deliver each letter of the alphabet from one sheet of construction paper to the other.
As he picked up each letter to put it into his truck, I had him name it for me…
He named each letter again, as he “delivered” it, without any additional prompting from me…
Once I got him started, this turned into an independent play activity. He was completely engaged, and continued until each letter had been delivered…