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Books About Transportation
The topic of Plains, Trains, and Automobiles is always associated in my mind with the book that was immensely popular in our house in toddler years – Cars, Trucks, and Things That Go by Richard Scarry. I swear that all early language advances of my Smarty and her love of mechanics come from reading this book over, and over, and over again for a year or so. Now this book went into a very special box where we keep books for our future grandchildren (one can hope, right?)
Because of our love of Richard Scarry, I was quite excited to find a “perfect book” for our little engineer – Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems written by Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian and illustrated by Jeremy Holmes. We admired inventive text and elaborate illustrations in this poetry book and were kind of sorry that the book ended so soon. We got our copy from the library, but Poem-Mobiles would make a terrific gift for a young car enthusiast, and I am seeing us purchasing it to give as a present very soon.
An Engineering Challenge for Kids
I kept some empty egg shells from making Mexican brownies before Easter, and we made several egg people. Smarty really enjoyed making her character all girly with a beautiful bow. When we were done giving character to our eggs, I suggested an engineering challenge – create a safe and fast Lego car for your Egg driver. Our Master Lego Builder (aka my husband) took on this challenge as well, and we all headed upstairs to our sizeable collection of loose Lego bricks.
Smarty dived into her project with abandon and built her standard “box car”. Obviously, her egg driver is using the sixth sense to navigate.
I used a Duplo platform and went with an “Egg Motorized Carriage” motive.
Our Master Builder was the only one building an aerodynamic car. The top was built after this shot to keep an egg driver safe.
Testing Our Lego Egg Racers
Once our Lego egg racers were ready, we put them to test by trying them against each other. Smarty (and I) learned a few things about Lego cars from this test:
- Duplo plastic wheels are very slow – my racer was dead last.
- You need to make sure to align the wheels and pick the best possible wheels – Smarty’s car kept veering to the side.
- The size of wheels does matter, Master Builder’s car easily won the race with its bigger back wheels.
- Building Lego cars to race is a blast, and we should definitely do it again!
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