Here’s a fun idea for the child who likes construction – a take along construction set for pretend play!
One of the fun things about Jonathan is that he is very happy to be 3. Owen has always wanted to leave his age behind to do whatever his oldest brother is doing, but Jonathan is content to be a preschooler. Even though no one else is into construction trucks right now, he found a tub of pinto beans in the pantry and asked if he could dig in them with trucks. We ended up creating this whole little tub. It’s great because everything fits in the box for storage, and it’s easy to take places!
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The storage tub came from Target clearance, so unfortunately it is probably not available anymore. (I bought it two weeks ago.) Finding something equivalent shouldn’t be too hard, however.
Here’s what we put inside:
- Toy trucks
- Felt roads
- A shovel
- Colored rocks
- Pinto beans
When I went to round up the construction trucks that we have accumulated over the years, I discovered that every single one of them was broken! The quality of toys these days is pathetic. I replaced our broken trucks with this pack of 5 Caterpillar Construction Mini Machines (Toy State). Amazon’s price on this set kept changing, so I ended up buying them from Target for $5.99. I did the pick up in store option which means that this is an item that they have in stock in most stores, but we had already looked for trucks at Target and I sure couldn’t find them. I’m not sure where they had them in the store although the lady at guest service assured me that they did! ANYWAY, they are cute little trucks and just the right size. They are lightweight plastic and I’m not sure how long they will last, but at least I got 5 for only $6, and they actually dig and scoop.
The felt roads are super simple. I just cut out the road pieces and glued on yellow stripes with hot glue.
I have found that having “something to dig” keeps preschoolers busy a long time! We used pinto beans, but you could also use another type of dry bean, small rocks, or even Lego bricks. This is obviously for kids who are past the stage of mouthing things.
The colored rocks are the melted crayon rocks that we made a few weeks ago.
This would make a great gift for a kid who loves construction!
Here are some of our favorite construction books to go with it:
My Big Truck Book (The boys have always liked books with real photos.)
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go – This is a FAVORITE book! Jonathan loves choosing his favorite vehicle on each page, and of course looking for Goldbug!