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August 2, 2011

Story Time "Little Blue Truck" with Craft

Have you read this story?? It's called "Little Blue Truck" by Alice Schertle. I am often on the hunt for children's books that illustrate values to children and this book was perfect to show the importance of being nice.

It is about a friendly old blue truck who always says hello to all the animals as he drives by every day (by honking) as opposed to speedily driving by thinking he is much too important like a big haul truck in the story. When the big haul truck gets stuck in the mud and none of the animals listen to his cry for help, the little blue truck steps in to save the day and the animals follow his lead when they hear him honking. By helping the little blue truck gets covered in mud from head to toe. It is a sweet story that opens up great discussion on the importance of being nice and friendly.

After reading the story we re-created a scene in the story and Luke retold me the story in his own words.

Materials you will need:
-Template found HERE or you can create your own
-white sheet of card stock paper
-brown paint
-paint brush
-large wiggly eye
-white sheet of paper
-glue stick

1. I started by creating a simple truck pattern on the computer which I printed out on white card stock paper. If you are going to do this craft and want to use my template you can print it out HERE. (After all, this is a story about being nice haha!) Mine is obviously very plain looking so you are welcome to create your own with more bells and whistles.  :)  PS-The template does have the tires finished, I went back and corrected it after taking this picture and realizing my mistake.

2. Color the blue truck.

3. Using the brown paint and paint brush, make mud splatters all over the truck and under the truck. Let the paint dry completely.

I stepped away while Luke was painting his, and if I was gone any longer he very well may have covered the entire page in brown paint. LOL!

4. While the paint was drying, Luke drew and colored some animals that he wanted to ride in the back of the truck like in the story. Then he cut them out.

5.  When the paint is dry, glue a large wiggly eye on the truck to make the headlight eye.

6. Since Luke's animals all had legs, they weren't going to fit in the back of the truck, so I decided to take a razor knife and make a slit in the back of the truck and under the window so we could slide the animal's legs in the truck. See picture below.

7. Now just slide the animals through the slit so it looks like they are actually riding in the back of the truck and glue their heads to the paper with a glue stick. Now admire your child's beautiful artwork and have him retell you the story.

Luke drew a frog to drive the car just like in the story. Here is a close up.

His other animals are a cow (with the black dots), chicken (in the front) and a lion (not in the story, he just wanted one in there).

Even if you don't do the craft, I highly recommend the story. It was really cute!

Linking up to THESE wonderful parties!

Happy Reading & Crafting!!


lindsy said... Best Blogger Tips

We JUST returned this book to the library. It was a favorite while we had it. I LOVE your ideas and know my boys would love coloring the truck (great template!) and then making it all muddy. love it. Thanks!

mandytaylor said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! Love all your ideas for reading responses!

Rachel Kaylynn said... Best Blogger Tips

Fun idea! I think we'll be checking this book out from the library this week, looks like one my boys will love.

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

"Little Blue Truck" is the sweetest story. I love it and so does my youngest son. What a clever craft to bring this story to life!!! Thanks for sharing!

Jenny @ Adventures of the Smith Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute! We checked out "Little Blue Truck Leads the Way" from the library a few weeks ago. Great books!

Brimful Curiosities said... Best Blogger Tips

We read this one last month and enjoyed it. My son would love this craft. You could use chocolate pudding for the mud and make it a finger painting craft!

artsy_momma said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome craft! Love the mud :)

andie jaye said... Best Blogger Tips

super cute! we love that book too!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

His muddy truck art is so cute! I love the slit in the back too :-)

Mercedes said... Best Blogger Tips

My son loves this book. We will have to do this craft for sure. Thank you for the tip! Up on my pintrest it goes!

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

JDaniel would love spattering brown paint. The book and craft both look awesome.

This post counts as a Summer Reading Challenge August entry.

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said... Best Blogger Tips

very cute! love that the craft was also an aid to help re-tell the story. This sounds like a great lil book. I love the "mud"

Thanks for linking this up to the Sunday Showcase!Hope to see you link up this weekend on the Sunday Showcase. Looking forward to seeing what you have to share.


TravisAnn Sherman said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your little blue truck -- had never even heard of it until I saw your pin. Thanks! I'm including it in my squidoo on Farm Animal Storytimes! said... Best Blogger Tips

Is it possible to still get this template.I am not a member to cribed and it won't let me download it without paying. I wouldn't mind if the money was going to you and not the site. Thank you. Mrs. Valerie