Construction Theme

Book List

B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC - June Sobel and Melissa Iwai
Construction Zone - Tana Hoban
Construction Vehicles: Dump Truck - DK Publishing

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Songs & Fingerplays

Construction Song - sung to "The Farmer in The Dell"

The backhoe scoops the dirt.
The backhoe scoops the dirt.
Hey-ho! Look at it go!
The backhoe scoops the dirt.

Each time the song is repeated, replace the line with one of the following:

The dozer moves the dirt.
The loader dumps the dirt.
The dump truck bumps away.
The cement mixer spins.
The crane moves up and down.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Arts & Crafts


Glue sand onto a dump truck outline.


Find a picture of a crane to color and cut out. Glue to a large paper. Next glue on a collage of precut sandpaper shapes. Discuss with the child what shapes their crane is going to lift.

Popsicle Stick Buildings

Discuss the properties of buildings: sides, roofs, doors, windows, etc. Show them pictures of different kinds of buildings asking about the different types of roofs, etc. Have the children glue popsicle sticks onto paper to make building shapes. To make smaller sizes let them break them in half. Have paint and small brushes to let them paint their constructed "buildings."

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Construction Art

Have the children pretend to be bulldozers while they paint. Supply each child with a piece of finger-paint paper, finger paint, and a wide craft stick. Have each child choose several colors of finger paint to put on the paper. Show the children how to place the craft stick horizontally on the paper and push the paint--like a bulldozer! While the children work, encourage them to talk with you about their creations. Help them recognize that they are pushing the paint with the craft stick much like a bulldozer pushes dirt with its blade.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

In The Kitchen

"Build -a -sandwich"- offer a variety of cut up cold cuts, shredded cheese and lettuce, and mayo with soft buns. The children build their own submarine style sandwiches.

"Gravel" - applesauce with granola mixed in.

"Dirt Pudding" - chocolate pudding topped with crushed chocolate cookies.

Square Jello jiggler "blocks"

"Cement mixer smoothies"- make a smoothie or milkshake in a blender . Talk about cement mixers

Theme Ideas

Get actual blueprints and point out to the children the lines on them that indicate walls, windows, doors, etc. Point out that this is what architects (new word) use when they are planning buildings before they are built. At the art table have large pieces of blue paper with white crayons or white colored pencils and rulers. Let them create their own blueprints.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Tell or read the story of the Three Little Pigs with a flannel board set. Display props such as straw, sticks, and a brick. By touching & handling these materials the children can better understand why bricks are the strongest of these building materials.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Sensory ideas - place sand in your sensory bin along with construction toys. Could also use cornmeal, oatmeal or real mud instead of sand.

Wooden blocks with construction toys/tonka toys.


Construction Themed Centers & Activities for Little Learners - Pocket of Preschool
Construction Activities for Preschool - Pre-K Pages
Community Helpers Preschool - Preschool Plan It
Construction Theme Ideas - Pre-K Fun
Preschool Construction Theme - Everything Preschool
Construction Theme - Weekly Home Preschool

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