19 Literacy Ideas for Car and Truck Play

My kids spend the majority of their waking hours playing with cars and trucks.  I’m an advocate of taking a child’s interests and building learning opportunities around those interests.  Today I have some of the best literacy ideas to utilize during car and truck play.  Let’s get rolling!

19 fun and playful literacy ideas to use with your child's car and truck pretend play.

Literacy Ideas with Cars and Trucks


ABC Tunnels from the Pleasantest Thing are so fun and easy to make.  We all have cardboard tubes on hand so you can do this activity today!

Letter Delivery

Letter Delivery is a fun movement activity for learning the alphabet and it has a cute book about a car to go along with it.

Does your little one love to knock things down?  This ABC Knockdown from Teaching Mama lets the kids knock down alphabet towers with construction trucks.

Race to a Letter from True Aim Education is a fun activity for building letter recognition and also working on science and math concepts.

Monster Truck Letter Smash from Toddler Approved caught the attention of my son when I was searching for ideas in this post.  He can’t wait to do this one!

Race the Alphabet from Life with Moore Babies is another variation of the activity above and it includes a fun racing book recommendation.

Kitchen Floor Crafts shares an easy to make a Letter Match Race Car Village.  My kids love this kind of play mat.

Playdough to Plato shares a set of lowercase and uppercase tracing letter tracks.  These would be perfect for a busy bag.


Environmental print signs great to use when playing with cars and trucks from growingbookbybook.com

Billboards are a great way to introduce your child to environmental print.  Now, they can have a custom set for their own car and truck play!

Are We There Yet?  Maps are great for taking in the car on a road trip.  Another way for kids to learn about environmental print and stay busy on a long or short trip!

Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails shares a fun paper city for lots of fun car play.


Organize cars and learn to spell your name with this parking garage activity from growingbookbybook.com

This Parking Garage activity will have your child practicing their name and cleaning their room!  It is one of the most popular posts on Growing Book by Book.

Buggy and Buddy share a toy car activity for learning your name.  I’ll be using this idea next week with my kids!


Alphabet Rocks Construction Site Activity from The Imagination Tree is a scoop and spell activity that would be perfect for building simple sight words or word family words.

Sight Word Parking Lot from Juggling with Kids is a fun way to drive your cars to a word parking spot.

Ready, set, race!  P is for Preschooler shares a racing activity that involves learning those sight words.


Car Track Delivery from Stay at Home Educator is a great way to let the kids move while they work on their spelling skills.

Sound it Out Parking Lot from I Can Teach My Child is a great activity for helping kids sound out and blend words.


And this last one from Learn with Play will have the kids using their books as part of their car and truck play.

Check out the video below to hear about some of the car and truck literacy play ideas.

Weaving literacy into car and truck play!

Posted by Growing Book by Book on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The ultimate book list for kids that love construction vehicles from growingbookbybook.com

Oh, don’t miss our Ultimate Construction Vehicle Book List!

I hope you are inspired to add a little literacy practice into your child’s car and truck play.


4 fun reading games that use common household items such as a muffin tin. Simple and expensive reading activities to get the kids learning!

8 magnetic alphabet games to build literacy skills from growingbookbybook.com

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19 creative literacy ideas to with your child's pretend play using cars and trucks.

About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. These are great! I’ll definitely try these activities with my grandsons who play with cars all day long.

  2. Brilliant! I love the idea of racing to a letter or zooming over to a sight word. Such a great post for a mo of 2 little guys who like to race. #laughlearnlinkup Pinning!

  3. These are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing, they are all fabulous ideas. Have pinned! 🙂

  4. Fun! I have a little boy that will appreciate this very much. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I really love your ideas and as soon as I am able to get back in the classroom I will try them. I am getting information so that I will have things in order. Thank you

  6. We love playing with cars here! I’ll have to try some of these activities! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you stop by again next week!


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