I don’t know about you, but all my boys can play with are things that go… you know… things with wheels!
I’m not saying its “a boy thing” because I know girls like their fair share of ‘things that go’ too.
It seems that if I add a vehicle of some sort to an activity, the boys are much more interested and excited to take part of the activity, whether it’s a craft, art or learning activity. They’re much more involved.
So, I’ve found a few ideas to add vehicles to activities.
35 activities for ‘Things that Go!’
Quite a few that use the vehicles that you already got. And even some that create the vehicles for an activity.
And I also couldn’t leave you without adding in quite a few of our favorite books. They all happen to have vehicles in them [of course!].
So, for the avid vehicle lovers, here are some activities to get them interested. And maybe give their motors a break [and your ears a relief] for a while.
Using the vehicles that you got for activities
- Haul corn. Corn kernels and vehicles. Let the hauling begin.
- Tape a maze on your floor and add some numbers. Have your child drive and count their way through the maze.
- Draw out a big maze on the driveway and drive through it!
- Set out some flour to explore and play with. Before long the vehicles will be added in for some hauling and track making, too!
- Build a city of blocks and drive through it.
- Stack block towers, but all the blocks with a dump truck or semi. Count the towers as you’re building them!
- Paint with Vehicles! Add some trucks, tractors, cars, whatever vehicles you have to some paint and paper and compare the tracks that they make!
- Make a learning activity for counting with grain bins and tractors. Use marshmallows to haul and count!
- Simply add a few vehicles to some play dough and make a construction site.
- Be inspired by a favorite book about vehicles and act it out! [such as The Little Blue Truck book. See more vehicle books that we love below!]
- Reuse bubble wrap for a road. Drive some big vehicles on it to hear the Pop!
- Make and indoor activity course and use a big vehicle to take through the course as they do their activities.
- Put together an ice investigation to see if salt or sand makes the ice less slippery for vehicles driving on it.
- Make a ramp from a cardboard box and test out how the cars and trucks make it down.
- Use wagons, or semi trailers, or even dump trucks and experiment to see how much water each vehicle holds.
- Convince your child to clean up! Have a car wash for the toy vehicles! – Famiglia & Seoul
- Draw a race track on some paper for some fun play together. – Mommy with Selective Memory
- Use printables to sort your own emergency vehicles! – Taming the Goblin
- A color coded parking lot to match your own toy vehicles to. – A Happy Wanderer
- A very fun sensory activity, a shaving cream car wash. – Lessons Learnt Journal
- Construction sensory activity with construction vehicles and rocks. – Pink and Green Mama
- Use a box to extend train play, make The Sports Enough Tunnel. – Celebrate Every Day With Me
- Another sensory activity that might be better than the sandbox, cloud dough with vehicles. - In Lieu of Preschool
- Counting with trucks! Use dump trucks to see how many dominoes it can hold then count them! – Inspiration Laboratories
- Monster Smash! Add crayons and monster trucks to a cardboard box and create your own Monster rally arena! – Small Potatoes
Making the vehicles for activities
- Create a train with a recycled egg carton and a pipe cleaner.
- Hand over a cardboard box to the kids and see what kind of vehicle they can make with it.
- Dive into your child’s interests and make a book. Head to the local dealerships and get their catalogs!
- Count semis! Or dump trucks, or other vehicles while on a road trip.
- Create a busy town, complete with vehicle ‘puppets’ to drive along the road. – The Art Annex
- Put the kids to ‘work’ with a pretend car wash using washable markers and craft foam. – Inner Child Fun
- Create a dump truck out of egg cartons. - Rub Some Dirt on It
- Make a picture of a truck out of drinking straws. - No Time for Flash Cards
- Put together a train with your chairs and invite your stuffed animals to ride in the train cars! – Family Fun Notebook
- Sort toys in homemade train cars of paper bags, by letter sounds! – Think Magnet
Our Favorite Vehicle Books
Almost every book that we read very regularly has to do with vehicles too. Mostly tractors and trucks, but a few trains in there too.
First of all, I ran across this list of books from Slimy Bookworm that is geared towards boys, but almost every one on there is about a vehicle.
Here’s our 10 favorite vehicle books:
- Flip Flap Farm (Usborne Flip Flap Board Books), by Katie Daynes
- Thomas the the Magic Railroad : Little Engines Can Do Big Things, by Britt Allcroft
- The Little Book of Farmyard Tales (Farmyard Tales Readers), by Heather Amery
- Building Opposites (Sparkle Fun!)
- Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
- Little Blue Truck Board Book, by Alice Schlerte
- Big Board First 100 Machines (Bright Baby), by Roger Priddy
- I Drive a Snowplow (Working Wheels), by Sarah Bridges
- That’s Not My Train (Usborne Touchy-Feely Books), by Fiona Watt
- A Year at a Construction Site (Time Goes By), by Nicholas Harris [not one we own, but a favorite from the library.]
Are your kids stuck on vehicles?
[please tell me my kids aren't the only ones...]