My toddler is a hard-core construction lover. He loves everything from backhoes to cranes and one of our favorite things to do is hit up the home improvement store and watch the forklifts. He knows every single big machine that works at a construction site, down to the correct name, and what they do. I think a lot of this comes from the many construction-themed books he has, which we read every night without fail.
We also have puzzles, big machines, little machines, excavators that work, wooden dump trucks…you name it, we have it.
So I thought I’d do a run-down of Harrison-approved construction-themed trucks. These are all toys he owns and plays with on the regular, so they get a toddler and momma stamp of approval:
Bruder Loader and Backhoe 1 of 10As the mom of a rough and tumble boy, I can say with experience that Bruder toys are the BEST. They're made of steel and ready to be played with on a daily basis. They're also extremely realistic.
Buy on Amazon for $34.41
Chunky puzzles 2 of 10Melissa & Doug make awesome chunky puzzles for small hands and this one has all the construction guys on it!
Buy on Amazon for $9.40
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherry Dusky Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld 3 of 10A wonderful book to read right before bed. You tuck in your toddler and he can tuck in the bulldozer!
Buy Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site on Amazon for $10.19
Mini CAT set 4 of 10Smaller versions that don't work, these are PERFECT for car rides and church and waiting rooms. They don't make a sound and are easy to carry around in a bag.
Buy on Amazon for $12.65
Wooden excavator and tow truck 5 of 10Melissa & Doug are so awesome - I love how this wooden set allows my son to make all the noises and use his imagination. They're also super-sturdy.
Buy on Amazon for $14.74
Steel Tonka dump truck 6 of 10This is a favorite. So sturdy and life-like, it will be something that lasts into grandkids. Harry loves to take it outside to haul rocks and sticks, just be sure not to leave it out in the rain.
Buy on Amazon for $28.76
Little tuffies for the sandbox 7 of 10These plastic bad boys are PERFECT for the beach and sandbox and pool. They hold up great in the elements and aren't expensive - I usually find them for $2-3 apiece at Target in the summer.
Buy on Amazon for $12.94
Roadwork by Sally Sutton 8 of 10It can feel a little mundane as it repeats words, but Harrison is able to repeat with me and he loves seeing all the different machines building a road.
Buy Roadwork on Amazon for $10.87
Melissa & Doug stacking puzzle trucks 9 of 10These things are awesome - they're a "puzzle" that he can build each truck, mix and match pieces, and then play with. Harry got these for Christmas when he was 1 1/2, but they're more for 2 1/2 upwards.
Buy on Amazon for $15.23
Edushape bath toys 10 of 10The fun doesn't stop just because it's bath time - these stick to the walls of the tub!
Buy on Amazon for $13.03
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