Natural Learning

5 Ways Natural Learning Can Be Supported by Toy Trucks

by Therusticfive-
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Natural Learning to me is simply when children, or adults even, use their interests to learn. Our little Scout loves toy trucks. She loves to push them across the floor while saying vroom vroom. She also loves sitting or attempting to sit in her large Mega Block CAT dump truck.

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Scout is naturally drawn to her trucks, so this makes natural learning opportunities widely available.

A girl playing with her toy trucks in the window
We love our set of 5 Plan trucks that include a mni garbage truck, mini roller, bulldozer, mini excavator and mini fire engine. These mini trucks are made out of wood and offer many different learning opportunities. Not to mention are non-toxic and the company cares about the environment by using environmentally friendly practices according to their Amazon description.

These trucks offer hours of play and really keep her attention because she loves trucks. When she’s busy playing with her toy trucks, mommy and daddy can sneak in some learning opportunities. Get your own Plan mini trucks here.

Plan Toy Trucks being used for play
Here’s some ways we use the trucks to develop skills with her toy trucks….

1. When she pushes them around the house, she’s building her gross motor skills or developing her large muscles. She really cruises around the house with these.

2. When she pushes them side to side, picks them up, or pushes the buttons to make them work, she’s developing her fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are the development of small muscles. This development will help her with her writing skills later on.

A girl playing with her toy trucks
3. They offer language building opportunities when we sit and play with her. When we call the trucks by the name, she’s hearing new vocabulary words. We can describe the trucks while playing which helps build her color identification skills and other descriptive language skills.

4. The toy trucks offer plenty of imagination play. Scout can use them any way she wants too. Pretending to be on a construction site, building a house with her blocks, racing them around the track, or digging in the dirt.

A girl playing with her toy trucks and Mega Block farmer
5. One of the most important skills for her and all toddlers to work on is problem solving. Scout can work her problem skills through using the toy trucks and learning what each button or feature does. For example, the bulldozer has a button that lifts the “blade”. She also builds her problem solving skills by simple playing with them. Some times she gets them stuck on something, “debris” has fallen into her road (aka toys that have been left on the floor), or any other situation her toy trucks put her in.

A girl playing with her toy trucks
How does your child use toy trucks for play?


5 Ways Natural Learning Can Be Supported by Toy Trucks


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Therusticfive

I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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17 Comments

  1. Alexa Brooks

    My coworker has a young son that loves “Digger trucks” this post is perfect him!

    25 . 01 . 2017
  2. Krysten

    My little man loves toy trucks, I have used them to teach him to count an to learn different things like cause and effect. Well… as much of CandE as I can.

    25 . 01 . 2017
  3. Cori

    I am a big believer in hands on learning even from babies. Play is so beneficial so children and how they learn.

    26 . 01 . 2017
  4. Therusticfive

    I couldn’t agree more! 🙂

    26 . 01 . 2017
  5. Jessica

    Love that they are made of wood.

    26 . 01 . 2017
  6. momtessorilife

    Yes! Something as simple as a toy truck can be used to teach so many different skills — and even if you don’t know what to look for as a parent, your child will figure it out for herself!

    27 . 01 . 2017
  7. Therusticfive

    Absolutely! Follow the child’s lead. ❤

    27 . 01 . 2017
  8. ericaaugust

    We recently got cars for my daughter and I’ve noticed how much more hands-on she has been. This is great for learning to incorporate more into our daily play activities.

    27 . 01 . 2017
  9. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    This is great! So often people can see kids playing and miss the immense amount of learning they are doing!

    27 . 01 . 2017
  10. Kate A

    My youngest is almost 18 months and just starting to get into cars, trucks, and trains. So many great ideas here, I am going to keep them in mind.

    28 . 01 . 2017
  11. Andi

    I love this! I’ve never thought of it in that way before— thinking about the fact that they are learning and fine tuning their motor skills while they play actually makes me really happy!

    28 . 01 . 2017
  12. Stephanie Lowry

    This is 100% true. We used to teach this to new moms when I was in nusing school.

    28 . 01 . 2017
  13. Nermarí

    Trucks and ” things that move” can be so much fun for little ones, even the girls! Love that she loves trucks 🙂

    28 . 01 . 2017
  14. birdieandjack

    I love how something so simple can be so beneficial to babies!

    28 . 01 . 2017
  15. Sane Mama

    Trucks have been a huge part of play for both my daughter and my son. Although recently, since my son turned 2, he is going through a phase of play where he insists on throwing the trucks or crashing them. I hope it’s a short phase…

    29 . 01 . 2017
  16. daniadams111

    Wonderful points made here! I love encouraging learning through play.

    29 . 01 . 2017
  17. Kathy

    I can’t wait for my little girl to play with trucks! Thanks for all the great ideas.

    30 . 01 . 2017

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