If your tiny tot goes wild when the bright yellow bulldozer rolls across the neighboring construction site, you can take his love of mega-machines home with a few fun-filled activities. From hands-on artsy adventures to showing off his dramatic flare during pretend play, bulldozer activities can entertain, educate and inspire your preschooler to learn about all things construction.
If you don't have the time, or the artistic hand, to come up with a full-on bulldozer craft project, print out a free template from the Internet for your preschooler to color or paint. Visit a printable or kids' activity site, and choose a bulldozer page. Download the template to your computer and print it out on white paper. Give your preschooler her choice of crayons, washable markers or colored pencils to decorate her construction vehicle in any imaginative way that she wants.
Preschoolers, according to the child development pros at the PBS Parents website, enjoy exploring the outside world through the magic of dramatic play. Encourage your child to put his imagination hat on and design a construction-centered bulldozer scene. Give your child toy bulldozers to pretend with or help him transform a large cardboard box into his very own machine. Add in dress-up clothes such as a construction hat or vest, and have him spend the afternoon coming up with his own bulldozer scenarios. Throw in a few soft blocks or make mock rocks by stuffing brown paper lunch sacks with newspaper for him to doze.
Cool Colorful Collage
Help your preschooler learn her shapes and colors with a creative collage. Get crafty and cut out yellow -- bulldozer-colored -- construction paper squares and rectangles in different sizes. Give her a base piece of paper onto which she can glue the yellow shapes, helping her construct her own bulldozer. She can use craft foam circles to make wheels and yellow craft foam triangles to make a bucket for the front of the vehicle.
Instead of leaving the books in the quiet of the library, bring on an interactive bulldozer book reading activity. Choose a few different construction themed books, such as "B is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC" by June Sobel, "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld or "Bulldozers" by Amanda Askew. Read the book with your child, pointing out the pictures and asking open-ended questions such as, "What do you think that dozer does?" or, "How do you think that vehicle moves those rocks?"