Little Blue Truck Book & Sensory Play Activity for Preschoolers

Sensory play activity for toddlers and preschoolers featuring the book Little Blue Truck.

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Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is one of our favorite books. It covers our two favorite subjects - farm animals and trucks! It's the story of a little blue truck and his animal friends who help a dump truck get unstuck from some mud, all while teaching a valuable lesson about friendship. Since my boys love it so much, I thought we'd put together a fun sensory activity to bring the story to life.

To set up this activity, you'll need:
  • Copy of Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  • Large bin or tub (we use our old baby bathtub as a sensory bin)
  • Sand foam - we used this recipe from Paging Fun Mums
  • Toy trucks - a small blue truck and a larger dump truck
  • Toy animals as shown in the book - Toad, Sheep, Cow, Pig, Chicken, Goat, & Duck

Mix up your sand foam in the bin. I doubled the recipe and added a little more sand, so ours was a bit crumbly. Experiment until you get the texture you like. 

Add in your animals & trucks. This activity can get a little messy, so be sure to put a sheet under your bin or play outside.

I started by reading the story with my boys. As each animal greeted the Blue Truck in the book, we picked them out of our bin and repeated what sounds they made.

Then I invited them to act out what happened in the story as I read. 

Here's Toad coming to the rescue!

And the dump truck and Blue are finally unstuck.

Once we finished reading, I just let them play. They loved scooping and dumping the sand foam with the dump truck.

This is a wonderfully simple sensory activity that entertained my boys all morning. And when they woke up from their nap they wanted to play again! I love activities that involve their favorite books and help to make the stories come alive. These activities reinforce their early love of books and reading.

Want more Little Blue Truck fun? Try these other Little Blue Truck activities too!

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  1. What a great sensory play box to go with the book - I love that book too! Thanks for linking up with #ToddlerFunFriday

  2. We had Duck in The Truck and I wish still had it but we got rid of it after my son kind of 'grew out of' the book. I actually donated it to the library and did borrow it a couple of times so my daughter could enjoy it. Great book and this activity goes along perfectly with the story! Thanks for sharing at our FB Share Day, pinning!

  3. This is perfect for warm weather! After an unfortunate experience on our dining room table, I restrict all sand foam play to the

    Thanks for linking up with Family Fun Friday!

  4. This ,looks like so much fun - visiting from the Parenting Pin Party

  5. That book is such a winner!

  6. This looks so sweet! Thanks so much for sharing with the #pinitparty. I have pinned :)

  7. What a fun sensory tub to go with this cute book! Thanks for linking up.

  8. A favorite book in our house! I think I have it memorized! Love this bin! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you join us again next week!

  9. Your blog is fantastic, and this is an epic idea! I love it! My kids would love this, from creating the sand foam to playing in the sensory bin. We haven't read that book before but it looks super cute, and I love the "characters" in your bin. And who would have thought of repurposing a baby bath as a sensory bin?!?!?! Ours has all sorts of bumps for an infant, but that would be perfect for driving cars up, ha ha. I had never heard of sand foam before, thanks for sharing!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #favoritethingsfriday! I haven't seen your blog before and it was a ton of fun to browse, Ill be pinning this! Make sure to add a backlink or button to be eligible to be featured and I hope to see you again this Friday (if you are like me and forget, I made a special newsletter reminder, just a weekly shout out to remember to link up on thursdays, its under the post if you are interested)

  10. I love Little Blue Truck stories and really like the idea of sand foam in a tub for playing with trucks, cars and animals. Thanks for sharing this book and the recipe.

  11. very cute book and activity...know someone who would love this book and ideas...emailing this post to her now.

  12. This sounds fun and I love your activities to go with it - my sons loved Duck in the Truck when they were small. #kidlitbloghop

  13. I LOVE The Little Blue Truck! And my daughter would love the activity.


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