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If you work on or around forklifts, power jacks, and other materials handling equipment and you have young children at home, buying them gifts of forklift toys or forklift-related children’s books is a good way to help them understand what you do while you are at work.
Children naturally look up to their parents, especially when they are very young. So giving them toys that are related to your profession can help kids visualize what you do at work and pretend to be just like you when they grow up.
Forklift Toys and Models
Toys related to the materials handling and construction industries are nothing new. In the 1960s and ’70s, Tonka trucks, erector sets, and Tinker Toys were very popular.
Children could use these toys while playing to pretend to be like their parents when they were at work, using their imaginations to fill in the blanks as to what occupied them all day when they were not at home.
Today, there are many different types of forklift toys and models made from durable plastic that would be delightful to children of all ages. ForkliftAccessories.com even has realistic looking forklift models that are ideal for display at the home or office.
‘Frankie Forklift and Friends’
Another fun and entertaining way for children to understand what their parents do when they are working at their materials handling jobs is a children’s book called “Frankie Forklift and Friends”.
The colorful, entertaining book is ideal for children of all ages. It describes the adventures of Frankie, an imaginary forklift, and his friends who work with him at a make-believe warehouse. Frankie’s friends include Sally Shrinkwrap, Tony Towmotor, Petee Pallet, and many others.
The first book in the series — which revolves around Frankie’s first day at work — is available for sale online now and is expected to be the first in a long series of books chronicling the friendly forklift’s adventures, according to author Frank Clark, who is an executive at an Arkansas-based materials handling company when not writing children’s books.
Clark said his stories of Frankie the Forklift and his warehouse pals thrilled and entertained his children. And when his young sons would occasionally visit their father at the warehouse where he worked, they selected one of the forklifts and even named it “Frankie” after their favorite character in their father’s stories.
One night when his sons asked him to read them a book about their favorite talking forklift, Clark was inspired to put his stories down on paper. And “Frankie the Forklift and Friends” was born.