My kid loves big vehicles. The biggest ones he’s seen are construction vehicles. He would sit and watch them work, full of amazement at how they moved.
I was surprised at how many things you can teach a young kid just by using different construction vehicles: Counting, rhyming, ABCs, and behaviour modelling.
We have been reading to our son since he was about 4 months old. We gave him picture board books to flip though and enacted some of the sentences. It’s never too early to start reading to them.
Here are some of our favourite construction-themed books.
- Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Illustrations by Jill McElmurry
This was one of the first books he enjoyed reading. He would point it out to us and we would read it to him.
The book talks about how we need to be kind to people around us. The catchy rhyme and the animal sounds make it fun to listen to since babies can try and mimic some of the sounds as well.
- My Big Truck Book by Roger Priddy
This one we used to keep in our car. We’d point out the picture if we came across one of them from the book. It made car rides a little less annoying for everyone.
- Dig, Dig, Digging by Margaret Mayo & Alex Ayliffe
This book gives a quick introduction to some of the bigger vehicles, not just in construction but also emergency and farming vehicles. We loved the sound effects of each vehicle.
- The Construction Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Illustrations by Rob Bolster
This book lists construction vehicles and equipment from A to Z. Younger kids can just look at the ABCs and as their interest and understanding grows, you can read them the descriptions. It’s quite comprehensive and will keep kids of different ages interested for a few years.
- Push! Dig! Scoop! By Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrations by Daniel Kirk
This book is great for learning to count till 10. Different construction vehicles and their babies are hard at work at the construction site. See what they do all day and then sleep at night. A good bedtime book too.
There’s a plethora of themes available to suit your child’s interests. Don’t start with preconceived notions that boys and girls will love certain topics. Start with a diverse set of themes and your baby will guide you to what excites them.
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