Celebrations Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

How Do We Get There?

Books to Share

The Bridge is Up! by Babs Bell.

Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough.

Freight Train by Donald Crews.

I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan.

The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort.

Books to Show or Booktalk

The Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus by Meghan McCarthy.

Bunnies on the Go by Rick Walton.

Lisa’s Airplane Trip by Anne Gutman.

The Wheels on the Race Car by Alexander Zane.

Bulletin Board

How Do We Get There?

Adapt the “Wheels on the Bus” bulletin board from DLTK at www.dltk-teach.com/boards/viewerschool/wheels.htm. Change the title of the bulletin board to “How Do We Get There?” Instead of just having buses on the board, add an assortment of different types of transportation around the giant bus. Under each type, add a message like, “The wings of the plane go up and down.” or “The train on the track goes choo, choo, choo.”

Nametag

Bus

Use the pattern found at Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at www.preschoolexpress.com/pattern_station02/bus_patterns_aug02.pdf or a die-cut to create bus shaped nametags.

Displays

Display a collection of Matchbox™ or similar brand cars or trucks. Ask patrons and staff for help filling the display case with toy vehicles.

Refreshments

Make a bus using a Twinkie™ for the body of the bus and any circle-shaped cookie for wheels. Attach the wheels to the Twinkie™ with a dab of frosting. Serve milk to drink.

Incentives

“Sports Car Pencils” are available from Smilemakers, www.smilemakers.com.

Rhymes and Poetry

Recite, “Five Little Boats” on page 42 in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra. Accompanying flannel board patterns can be found on pages 43-44.

Recite, “I’m a Little Airplane” to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.” Lyrics can be found at Hummingbird Educational Resources, www.hummingbirded.com/trans portation.html.

Songs

Transportation Song

(Adapted by Heather Coleson. Sing to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus.”)

The wheels on the bus go round, and round. (roll arms)

Round and round, round and round, (roll arms)

The wheels on the bus go round and round, (roll arms)

All through the town.

The wings on the airplane go up and down. (hold out arms mimicking a plane)

Up and down, up and down, (hold out arms mimicking a plane)

The wings on the airplane go up and down (hold out arms mimicking a plane)

All through the air.

The sails on the boat go in and out (clasp hands in front of chest, move hands away from chest and back in)

In and out, in and out. (clasp hands in front of chest, move hands away from chest and back in)

The sails on the boat go in and out (clasp hands in front of chest, move hands away from chest and back in)

All through the sea.

The train on the track goes choo-choo-choo, (blow pretend whistle)

Choo choo choo, choo choo choo (blow pretend whistle)

The train on the track goes choo choo choo (blow pretend whistle)

All along the track.

The traffic cop goes STOP, STOP, STOP (hold out hands making a stop motion)

STOP, STOP, STOP, STOP, STOP, STOP (hold out hands making a stop motion)

The traffic cop goes STOP, STOP, STOP (hold out hands making a stop motion)

Everybody STOP! (hold out hands making a stop motion and freeze)

Sing “This Little Train” to the tune of “This Old Man.” Lyrics are available from Jean Warren’s Preschool Education at www.preschooleducation.com/sland.shtml.

Sing “We are Flying” to the tune of “Frere Jacques.” Lyrics are available from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station 02/aug02_airplanes.shtml.

Audio Recordings

“Our Boat is Rocking on the Sea” on Yummy Yummy by The Wiggles.

“Look Both Ways” on Toot Toot! by The Wiggles.

Reader's Theater Scripts

Perform “Why the Sea is Salt” using the script on pages 149-154 in How and Why Stories for Readers Theater by Judy Wolfman.

Stories

Tell “Katie the Caterpillar” using the text on page 203 in The Best of Totline Flannelboards by Kathleen Cubley. Flannel board patterns to accompany the story can be found on pages 204-205.

Crafts

Hot Air Balloon

photo of pink hot air balloon with yellow string holding a yellow basket

Materials
  • Construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Markers
Directions

In advance, use the patterns for the hot air balloon and the balloon basket provided with this program to trace and cut out one large circle for each child and one basket for each child. Also in advance, punch one hole at the top and two at the bottom of the circle. Punch two holes at the top of the basket. Cut two pieces of string 3-4 inches long and another piece of string about one foot long. Distribute one circle, one square, two pieces of short string, and one piece of long string to each child. Decorate the balloon with markers. Attach the balloon to the basket with the string. Add a string at the top to hang the balloon from the ceiling at home.

Paper Helicopter

Make a paper helicopter using the pattern and instructions from First School, www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/transportation/helicopter.htm.

Sailing Ship

Make a “Stand up Columbus Day Ship” using the pattern and instructions at First School, www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/transportation/ship-columbus-day.htm.

Origami Boat

Follow the instructions at DLTK, www.dltk-bible.com/crafts/mboat.htm, to fold origami paper to create a boat. The same instructions can be used to make larger boats from newspaper.

Games and Activities

Red Light, Green Light

Cut out a red, green, and yellow circle using the pattern provided. Attach each circle to a craft stick. Have the children line up at the back of the room. The leader stands at the front of the room. Hold up the green stick when the children should walk forward. When the yellow stick is held up, they have to walk slowly. When they see the red stick, the children must stop. If they do not obey the traffic rules they must go back to starting line. The first person to reach the leader at the front of the room is the winner.

Find the red light, green light pattern at the end of this program.

Match the Plates

Use the instructions from Everything Preschool at www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/transportation/games.htm to create materials to play the “License Plate Matching Game”

Guest Speakers

Invite a school crossing guard to talk about their job and pedestrian safety. Ask a bus driver to bring a bus to the library and talk about bus safety.

Video/DVDs/Films

Make Way for Ducklings and More McCloskey Stories. (62 minutes)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. (25 minutes)

Web Sites

America’s Story from America’s Library

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/es

Explore the 50 states and discover interesting facts on this site from the Library of Congress.

Professional Resources

Full Speed Ahead: Stories and Activities for Children on Transportation by Jan Irving and Robin Currie. (Available through NetLibrary, a TexShare resource.)

Program Materials

Hot Air Balloon – Hot Air Balloon Pattern

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Hot Air Ballon Pattern - one large circle on sheet

Hot Air Balloon – Basket Pattern

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Hot Air Balloon Basket Pattern - Four individual baskets on sheet

Red Light, Green Light – Template

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Red Light, Green Light Template, two circles on sheet



Texas Reading Club 2010 Programming Manual / Catch the Reading Express!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011