These construction theme letter crafts have a fun, interactive element. I created them for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. This week’s book is Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.
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Construction Theme Letter Crafts
My son went through a big construction phase when he was in preschool. He wanted to know what every construction vehicle did and how it worked. I barely knew the difference between a backhoe and a bulldozer before he came along.
I wish the book Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (affiliate) had been in our home library then. The story tells of construction vehicles finishing up their day’s work and resting for the night. I could’ve happily read the lovely rhyming text every night at bedtime.
I love the lulling lines like, “He dims his lights, then shuts his doors, And soon his engine slows to snores.”
When daytime rolls around again, though, you may like to do an educational craft or activity that goes along with the story. The five construction theme letter crafts here mostly match – except that I couldn’t find an ‘M’ shape in the cement mixer. So I added in a backhoe, which most definitely has a ‘B’ if you look at it the right way.
My twin girls can happily play cars, trains, and trucks with their brother. Even though they’re in first grade now, they were eager to get their hands on these letter crafts.
Letter Crafts – Materials
The paper fasteners are what make these letter crafts interactive. Alternatively, you could just glue everything down – it’ll still be cute!
- Construction paper
- Printout of the construction vehicle templates (free download below)
- Pen or pencil
- Glue or glue stick
- Paper fasteners
To download the templates for a bulldozer, backhoe, dump truck, crane, and excavator, fill in the form below. You’ll receive a download link via mail. You’ll also receive a second email inviting you to subscribe to my weekly-ish newsletter.
Letter Crafts – Instructions
IMPORTANT: Don’t do a letter ‘b’ craft and a letter ‘d’ craft together – children will confuse them. It’s much better to teach easily confused concepts one at a time.
- Choose a template and trace it onto construction paper. Cut out.
- Glue everything but the letter onto a full sheet of paper.
- Snip a small starter hole in the letter where you want the paper fastener to go. Then fasten the letter to the vehicle picture.
- If you like, label the vehicle with its name to provide opportunity for print awareness.
If you want additional creative, multi-sensory, and developmentally appropriate activities for helping children learn their letters, you might like to pick up 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet (affiliate). In addition to all the fun activity ideas, it also answers your burning questions about teaching the alphabet, such as…
- What should my child know about letters at different ages?
- Do I teach letter names or letter sounds first?
- Do I teach uppercase letters or lowercase letters first?
- In what order should I teach the letters?
- How many letters should I introduce at one time?
- What letter style should I teach first: print, D’Nealian, or cursive?
- How do I teach letters that make more than one sound?
Research has found that letter knowledge is the strongest predictor of first year reading achievement. And then, it continues to be an important factor through at least seventh grade. So teaching the alphabet is one of the most important ways to set young children on the road to reading success.
I’m glad I got my own kids off on the right foot. They’re strong readers now. Liam has outgrown his construction obsession, but he’s still insatiably curious about how things work. I notice that all three kids still watch carefully when we drive past construction sites. I think I like it that way.
More Construction Activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids
Construction Site Counting Game – To be a Kid Again
Cloud Dough Construction Site Sensory Bin – Powerful Mothering
Digging Up and Sorting Construction Equipment – J Daniel 4’s Mom
4 Easy Construction Play Ideas for Kids- Toddler Approved
Painting with Trucks – Clare’s Little Tots
Construction Site Brain Breaks- Sugar Aunts