Transportation Time

Build a vehicle out of household items.

  • Target Age: 4-6
  • Skills/Subjects:
    • Creative Expression
    • Vocabulary
    • Engineering
  • Related Episodes:
    • #901: Night Shift
    • #901: Under Construction
    • #903: Cliff Hanger, the Pheasant, and the Phone
    • #903: Terrific


  • Found materials for art constructions, such as boxes, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, empty spools of thread, pipe cleaners, twigs, et cetera
  • Glue or tape
  • Any other craft supplies to decorate with

Together with your child, look at all the materials and shapes you have to work with. Discuss what vehicle you could build out of those objects — a boat? a bicycle? a dump truck? Then get to work! Have your child use glue and/or tape to attach the different parts and build the vehicle. Decorate it with whatever you have on hand. You could even give it a flag with your child's name on it.

Think about where this vehicle normally goes. On water, over land, or in the air? What is the vehicle's job? Does it transport people or objects? Find a spot in the home or outside that is similar and drive/sail/fly your vehicle around!

Talk about It
Different vehicles have different kinds of parts. Bicycles have wheels, pedals, and handlebars. Boats can have sails, masts, and a bow. Look at the vehicle your child made, as well as pictures of other vehicles (for example, in the related books below) and ask your child to name the different parts. Talk about how they are different and how they are similar.

Related Books

  • C is for Construction: Big Trucks and Diggers from A to Z by Caterpillar
  • Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson
  • B is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC by June Sobel
  • Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman

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