Roll-a-Story Fun With Little Blue Truck

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I’m thrilled to be part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids this year. If you are a parent or a teacher of children between 2-6 years old, join the fun in our Facebook group. Your blogging co-hosts (including me!) will be sharing book-based learning activities on a weekly basis, and the group is filled with encouragement and inspiration.

Check out my past Book Club posts here.

This week (October 9), the chosen book for the Virtual Book Club for KIds is The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry. 


If you aren't yet familiar with this awesome book, here is the synopsis: 

Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up--that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road. With a text full of truck sounds and animal noises to read aloud, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

My kids and I are huge fans of Little Blue. I adore reading all of the books in the series because of their fun rhyme and rhythm and the positive messages they teach. My kids love making all of the barnyard noises and beeping their way through the pages. 


Did you know that there is a new book in the series? Little Blue Truck’s Halloween is available now, and it is one of my top picks for brand new Halloween picture books and board books this year. It is not scary at all and is a fun, hands-on way to introduce the concept of costumes to little ones.

The activity that I prepared for the Book Club this week is so, so simple. It is a roll-a-story cube that can be used to encourage pretend play and storytelling.

Just print the cube (below), and assemble it by cutting, folding and gluing the flaps. I used glue sticks to put it together, but some scotch tape would work just as well. 


The publisher of LIttle Blue, HMH Books for Young Readers, created some book-based activities of their own—including a set of characters that can be printed and used for play. (Also available for a free download below.) 


I paired the story cube with the characters and worked with my three-year-old to imagine new scenes for the beloved friends from LIttle Blue’s world based on the cube's prompts. The cube can be used in this manner, or it can be paired with any number of storybooks and writing center activities as a tool for imagining new settings and problems to work out.

Printing later? Pin it now.