All Things on Wheels

Diary of a SAHM – Day 474

I cannot remember exactly when and how it started, but some time towards the end of last year Joshayne became interested in all things on wheels and to date he has not stopped. Since he is fascinated by vehicles, I seized the opportunity to teach him new vocabs – various types of vehicles and their parts.

Here are some of our activities:-

1) Sing the song “The Wheels on the Bus” and do the actions together.

The wheels on the bus go round and round.
round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town!

*wipers – swish, swish, swish
*lights – blink, blink, blink
*horn – beep beep beep
*engine – vroom vroom vroom, etc.

2) When we go for walks around the neighbourhood,  I’d sometimes stop near a car parked by the roadside and point out parts of the car to Joshayne. For example, I’d say “bumper” while pointing at the car bumper and Joshayne would repeat after me. Using this method, he has picked up words such as side mirror, lights, bumper, door, window, etc.

3) Point out or draw his attention to various types of vehicles while on the road; for example, truck, motorbike, taxi, cement mixer lorry, van, bus, steam roller, excavator, etc.

4) For his 2nd birthday, we bought mini toy vehicles to decorate his birthday cakes. Read about it here. He is still playing with these toy vehicles every day and he has learnt all their “names” – motorbike, car, truck, steam roller, ambulance, bus, taxi, bulldozer, crane, jet.

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5) We bought a set of jigsaw puzzles for him. There are 8 puzzles – helicopter, car, train, tricycle, ship, motorbike, hot-air balloon and aeroplane. After only two days, he was able to complete the puzzles on his own. I used the puzzles to teach him the ‘parts’. For example, I’d pick up one piece of the puzzle and he’d tell me what it was and to which vehicle it belonged. From these puzzles, he learnt words such as handlebar, seat, float, rotor, cockpit, wing, wheel etc.

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6) We also ‘read’ books about things on wheels.

7) When we were in KL for a friend’s wedding in May, we took him on his FIRST train ride (actually, it was an LRT – from Kelana Jaya station to University station and back). We also boarded a stationary public bus just to take photos.

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P/S If you have any other ideas, feel free to share by leaving a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

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