Is your child fascinated with trucks? Do they get excited at the sound of the firetruck zipping through the neighborhood with its flashing lights or the sight of the garbage truck pulling up to your house? If so, they willl enjoy the book Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Author), Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator). And if you’re teaching them French, I recommend the French translation, Bonne nuit, les camions.
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It’s a fabulous French book for kids to discover the different types of construction vehicles in French. Tara, my two-year-old, loves reading it, and she can now differentiate many of the trucks she sees on the road, especially now that construction season has started again.
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What’s more? It’s a sweet bedtime story as all the trucks finish their work and get ready to go to sleep. Your child will love saying “Chuuut, bonne nuit” to their favourite trucks.
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What is truck in French? A truck in French is un camion.
Construction vehicles in French
Here are the trucks that your petit chou will learn about in the French book for kids, Bonne nuit, les camions.
Crane truck – une grue
Cement mixer – une bétonnière
Dump truck – un camion à benne
Bulldozer – un bulldozer
Excavator – un excavateur
Construction truck toys for kids
In addition to naming the vehicles you see when you are out with your child, you can also use toys to practice the vocabulary. I’ve linked examples of toy versions of the trucks in the book above, but here are a few other options to check out.
Ravensburger Construction Fun Puzzles for Kids
This 24-piece Ravensburger puzzle is perfect for 3+ year old kids. Not only will they be practicing the names of the trucks, but they can even work on the parts of the vehicles.
Kinetic Sand, Construction Site Folding Sandbox with Toy Truck and 2lbs of Play Sand
Let your little builder create buildings with brick molds, and watch them have even more fun destroying them with the working crane.
If your kid likes Duplo, this playset is a great addition to their collection. They also have a bulldozer set that you may be interested in.