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Welcome to the fourth installment of the Popping Book Nook! This wonderful free book club includes a lot of your favorite bloggers and will be taking a themed monthly topic and selecting a book that is appropriate to the theme. Then, on the last Monday of the month we will all present our books and something homeschooling related, like a craft, project, diagram, report, collage, etc. directly related to the book on our blogs through the Poppins Book Nook. These will not be planned out, or mapped, or set items that you need to create, it is simply up to the participant to reach into their bag of tricks and secrets and share something themed related to the boll that they selected. The age range of each project will also be selected by the participant so it can range from Pre-K to 12th, the sky is the limit. Please make sure to follow along with the Poppins Book Nook on Facebook!
I hope that you and your children had fun learning about what all the other participants are doing with the Travel and/or Transportation this month. Last month was dinosaurs, so this month’s fantastic new theme is anything related to Travel and/or Transportation! Transportation is right up my husband’s alley, since he is a civil engineer who happens to have taken lots of classes on how to build roads and highways I thought that together we could come up with a great activity. Well, while we were discussing what could be done it dawned on me, transportation is about cars, trucks, city things, roads, and things like that, right? The kids have a lot of Lego sets and love to build random things with their parts as well. So this month I came up with a great activity: build your own transportation vehicle using your Lego bricks. To explore what Lego theme deals with transportation we picked the storybook: Lego City: Fix That Truck! by Michael Anthony Steele.
In the book, Lego: Fix That Truck! the Lego mini-figures find and fix their Lego vehicles. To help bring this to life I had Beck and Elizabeth try to pick something from the book that they wanted to make. After much discussion they decided that they wanted to try to make the Garbage Truck. They took a little bit of time to try to make one on their own, but then decided to ask my husband, the resident Lego expert in our house, if he could help them. So, with the help of my husband they surfed onto the internet and went right to the Lego Service Area where old instruction manuals are housed. (I told you he was an expert on all things Lego, right?) If you want to go there yourself please follow this link: http://service.lego.com/en-us/buildinginstructions/ This is the home of the Lego Building Instructions. They typed in Garbage Truck and Lego 4432: Garage Truck came up. They downloaded the instructions in a PDF format, printed them, and then set off to build their garbage truck. The first step was to see what Lego bricks them had. They have a lot right now and this is what my family room looked like all day (can you picture the Lego’s flying everywhere?) …
Together, Beck and Elizabeth then took a few hours to find the parts that they wanted to use and built their version of a garbage truck out of Lego bricks. They had a blast trying to find the parts that were needed to make their garbage truck. They had to use different colored parts of course, but here is what their garbage truck looks like:
And here it is driving down the table with its Garbage Men:
And here it is picking up the trash in Lego City:
Overall, Beck and Elizabeth had a blast creating their garbage truck. They have since also made 4431: Ambulance, 4434 Dump Truck and 7639 Camper. I think that they will be making more and more this summer too as they have a lot of the Star Wars sets too. Aren’t Lego (no matter how many you have they are called Lego Bricks) kits, pieces, mini-figures, and toys great?!
Here are just a few more excellent transportation themed storybooks:
Next month the Poppins Book Nook is on to the topic of the beach/ocean. Beck, Elizabeth, and I are planning on creating another creative and innovative activity to share with you! Please make sure to hop on over to all of the other magical blogs participating in the Poppins Book Nook this month to see what other travel and/or transportation fun they came up with to share with everyone:
Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – Royal Baloo – 3 Dinosaurs – Monsters Ed – Chestnut Grove Academy – Growing in God’s Grace – Royal Little Lambs – Life with Moore Babies – Teach Beside Me – The Usual Mayhem – Mum Central – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Kathys Cluttered Mind – Play Create Explore – Toddler Approved – Growing Book by Book – Adventures in Mommydom – B-Inspired Mama – The Fairy and The Frog – Edventures with Kids – Learning & Growing the Piwi way – A Gluten Free Journey – Rainy Day Mum – Mom to Crazy Monkeys – No Doubt Learning ~ Our Crafts – N – Things