The love my girls feel for crafting is as instinctively strong as Rowan’s love for construction vehicles. He’s just drawn to them. (And I’m guessing you mothers to sons are nodding your heads at this moment as if to say, “Well, of course!”)
I’m doing my best to remember all of the names of the trucks we see when we are driving. I’ve now know the dump truck, backhoe, crane, bulldozer, and some other ones. (I’m trying to remember more to show off to you that I know more but I can’t think of a single one!)
None the less, Rowan loves truck books and plays with some of his trucks but it wasn’t until I made him his own table-top construction site have I seen him really use those trucks!
The site is such a simple concept. It draws Rowan to it throughout the day for long stretches of play and my girls when they are at the kitchen counter. (They usually turn it into a fairy construction site but I’m sure you already guessed that.)
You can use any small construction vehicles you have. Rowan received these awesome trucks for Christmas from his grandparents and now they have a place to get pushing, lifting, and building.
rice construction site
extra large, rimmed metal pan
small, medium, and large rocks
play houses, blocks, wooden people, trees, etc.
- Fill the metal pan with rice about halfway. Depending on your pan, you may need more or less rice depending on how shallow it is. (And just know going into this that you will hear sprinkling of rice hitting the floor during play sometimes and that’s ok.)
- Nestle in some differing sizes of rocks that can be pushed and lifted, etc.
- Add any other pieces like a growing town with buildings or blocks that the trucks can use to make buildings and such. Wooden people and trees make a great addition by creating a more realistic developed plot of land.
- Turn the “construction site” over to your child at the table and let the truck sounds begin!
Did you try our fall sensory seeds + colored rice activity?
Here’s a tip for keeping multiple sensory activities:
I like to keep one sensory activity out for about a week (usually on a kitchen counter). Then I’ll simply bag up each activity in its own gallon bag and keep it in my kitchen pantry. When Rowan wants to play, I just pull out the large metal pan and let him choose which activity he wants to play with. Then I pour the activity into the pan, set up the activity, and hand it over.
I hope you mamas give this indoor play a try! I’d love to hear what construction takes place on your counter.
the sleepy time gal