Design Your Own Monster Truck

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Did you have a chance to read some of our favorite Planes, Trains, & Automobile books?  I put the list together to help me sort through April's Poppins Book Nook theme of..........

  Planes, Trains, & Automobiles!   

We are no strangers to such a theme, but ironically I was at a lost for what to read and do... UNTIL my son decided to pick out some new monster truck books from the library.  There wasn't a specific book that we focused on this month; we just ended up reading all of the chosen monster truck books that my son found at the library and the ones we had at home.   Monster trucks are a kind of automobile, right?!
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Did You Know?
Monster Trucks weigh about 10,000lbs!
First monster truck was named, Big Foot- built in 1975
Monster Truck tires have low air pressure; allows for bouncy landings
Every monster truck has a remote ignition interrupter that can shut down its engine.
Longest jump ever was 202 feet by, Bigfoot 14; jumped over a 727 airplane!!

Just to highlight my son's monster truck love---
My son loves playing with his monster trucks by creating his own ramps with cardboard.
We own about a gazillion of them!
His 5th birthday cake was monster truck themed.
We've had some fun smashing the number line, which was inspired by monster trucks.
He has been to several Monster Jam shows....  

So, for this months Planes, Trains, & Automobiles Poppins Book Nook theme, we set out to unleash my son's creativity by letting him design his own monster truck!   And he's made a lot of them!  We have quite a collection now-- seriously, he's been a monster truck coloring machine!

Just print & color!
As you can see this turned into a family affair!  Little Sis created her own Monster Truck, with the help of Big Brother.  And, I had some fun creating one, too.  Man.... I have a "thing" for polka-dots don't I?!
No monster truck is complete without a name!  Big Brother named one of his first designs, Black Thunder.  Little Sis's monster truck was named Rainbow Smash, and mine was Polka Dot Piranha! It was a great activity for all of us to do together!

I used Microsoft Word to create the first monster truck outline.  After my son saw mine, he wanted to try creating one of his own; he created Monster Truck #2.   I've included our outlines as a free printable for your child to design his/her own truck, too!!

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