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 on our bookshelves 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 an opportunity for print awareness.
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.
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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