Shout Out for Tonka Trucks

Grandsons' Tonka Truck for Mellow Yellow Monday

Did you know that...

The impact of the Tonka truck concept has been enduring and pervasive, especially the Mighty Dump Truck and associated "Mighty" line of construction equipment models introduced from 1964. The all-metal "Tonka Trucks" were sold throughout the world and earned a reputation as being indestructible, although the steel has been increasingly replaced by plastic from the late 1980s onwards. The company was purchased by Hasbro in 1991... Tonka trucks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 2001. Wikipedia

What I do know is that our grandson loves to fill his yellow Tonka Truck up with dirt, leaves and twigs. Then he drops everything out into the field in the front yard. Is that how it is with your boys? Sometimes he races the trucks down the driveway to see how fast and far they will go, especially where hos truck ends up. We all have a laugh and repeat this process over and over. The same with you? When I've had enough excitement, I usually go inside to prepare a meal but isn't it amazing how one Tonka Truck can keep a boy entertained for hours?!

Grandson's Blue Shovel for Blue Monday

A shovel is a tool for digging, lifting, and moving bulk materials, such as soil, coal, gravel, snow, sand, or ore. Shovels are extremely common tools that are used extensively in agriculture, construction, and gardening. Wikipedia
This mighty blue shovel helps Grandpa with compost in the garden, mulch for the orchard, sand castles at the beach and a variety of other uses, like throwing dirt on top of my grandson's hair! You'll find our hostess for Blue Monday meme, Smiling Sally, to be a very friendly blogger who will leave you a nice comment and she has lovely followers who are very nice, too!

Photo credit: manuere 

Scholastic offers a cool site that is fun and engaging for children. They have games, stories, books and videos at

Tonka Joe ® Tonka Joe’s Machines Sticker Book™
By Sonali Fry
Illustrated by The Thompson Brothers
Ages 3–7; $5.99
ISBN: 0-439-25913-4

Sticker fun with Tonka Joe! Super-mechanic Tonka Joe is ready for any disaster-with his custom-built mega machines! Complete each action packed-scene with lots of colorful stickers!

One of my favorites for Book Sharing Monday

Driving my Tractor

Chug along with a farmer and his tractor on this multi-season animal adventure! A busy farmer picks up fifteen animals along his route, but when his trailer hits a stone, chaos ensues. This colorful book combines simple counting instruction with humor, repetition and rhythm to encourage learning fun. Book with CD edition includes song sung by acclaimed children’s performer SteveSongs.

Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Jan Dobbins
Illustrated By: David Sim
Sung By: SteveSongs 

As  always Barefoot Books  are available for online purchase at

Happy Blue Monday!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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  1. Love your grandson and his blue!

    Happy Blue Monday, D.

  2. Your grandson and my son would be great buddies.

    My Mellow Yellow

  3. Most boys are given trucks and cars, but my sense is that if the parent would give their girl a truck, the same would happen, because it's "a container" that would hold something, and "it moves," 2 great things for their developmental age:) - oh, I forgot a 3rd one: a bright color! Happy MYM:)

    1. So true, in fact we plan to give our granddaughter her very own truck in a few weeks.

  4. That company has been around a long time. Still just as popular as when it started.

  5. What a cute kiddo. We still have all my sons old tonka trucks. What fun!

  6. You have a handsome grandson- he surely likes to dig using his blue shovel:)

    Visiting for Blue Monday! Hope you can stop by:)

  7. Cool Tonka Truck and perfect for mellow yellow:)

    Visiting for MYM! Hope you can stop by:)

  8. Great vidéo !
    Best regards from Paris,


  9. what a cutie is your grandson :-) my K use to play tonka, beautiful pictures too :-) Visiting from Blue Monday, hope that you can return the visit too.

  10. what a cutie your grandson is :-) looks like he had fun playing the tonka trucks :-)Visiting back from MYM :-), hope that you can return the visit too.


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