Program for Preschoolers

Trucks and Diggers / Camiones y excavadoras

By Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

Éste no es mi tractor: tiene el motor ondulado by Fiona Watt

Good Morning, Digger by Anne Rockwell

Palas Mecánicas / Earthmovers by Lee Sullivan Hill

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma García

A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London

Books to Show or Booktalk

Big Book of Construction Machines by Heather Alexander

Bulldozers by Jean Eick

The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler

¿Qué puede excavar? / What Can Dig? by Patricia Whitehouse

Una sorpresa para Wendy / A Surpise for Wendy by Alison Inches



Give the children truck-shaped nametags cut from a die cut machine or use the pattern provided in this chapter to trace and cut out tags.


Baker's Truck


The baker's truck comes down the street, (right fist travels down your arm)

Filled with everything good to eat. (rub your tummy)

Two doors the baker opens wide. (Stretch arms apart.)

Let's look at the shelves inside. (Cup hands around eyes to look.)

What do you see? What do you see?

Three big cookies for you and me. (Raise three fingers)

Carro de panadero

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

El camión del panadero conduce por la calle.

Llenó de pan sabroso.

El panadero abre dos puertas.

Para poder mirar adentro.

¿Qué ve usted? ¿Qué ve usted?

Tres galletas pequeñas, dos para mí y otro para ti.


El camión pequeño

(Adapted by Paula Gonzales from "El barquito")

Había una vez

Un camión pequeño, (Cantar tres veces)

Tan pequeño, tan pequeño,

Que no podía manejar.

Pasaron una, dos, tres, cuatro,

Cinco, seis, siete semanas, (Cantar tres veces)

Y el camíon tan pequeño

Que no podía manejar.

Y si la historia no les

Parece larga, (Cantar tres veces)

Volveremos, volveremos,

Volveremos a empezar.

The Little Truck

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

Oh! There once was a small and tiny truck, (Repeat three times)

It was so tiny, so tiny, that it couldn't drive up the hill.

We waited seven very long, long weeks. (Repeat three times)

But the truck was so tiny, that it couldn't drive up the hill.

And if you're wondering if this song has an ending (Repeat three times)

Get ready, get ready to sing is once again.

Las ruedas del camión

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

Las ruedas del camión

Van dando vueltas, dando vueltas,

Dando vueltas.

Las ruedas del camión van dando vueltas

por la cuidad.

Los limpiadores del camión hacen "swish, swish, swish" (Cantar tres veces)

Las puertas del camión "se abren y se cierran" (Cantar tres veces)

La tromp del camión hace

"Beep, beep, beep" (Cantar tres veces)

Las monedas del camión hacen

Clink, clink, clink (Cantar tres veces)

El bebé en el camión hace "ña, ña, ña" (Cantar tres veces)

La mamá en el camión hace "shish, shish, shish" (Cantar tres veces)

La abuela en el camión hace

"Yakety, yak, yak" (Cantar tres veces)

The Wheels on the Bus

(Traditional, adapted by Paula Gonzales)

The wheels on the bus

Go round and round, round and round,

Round and round.

The wheels on the bus go

Round and round, all through the town.

The wipers on the bus go

"Swish, swish, swish" (Repeat three times)

The doors on the bus go

"Open and shut" (Repeat three times)

The horn on the bus goes

"Beep, beep, beep" (Repeat three times)

The money on the bus goes

"Clink, clink, clink" (Repeat three times)

The baby on the bus cries

"Wah, wah, wah" (Repeat three times)

The mommy on the bus says

"Shish, shish, shish" (Repeat three times)

The grandma on the bus goes

"Yakety, yak, yak" (Repeat three times)

Flannel Boards

"How Things Move / Como se mueven las cosas" in The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories, and Fingerplays by Pam Schiller, Rafael Lara-Alecio, and Beverly J. Irby.

Stories to Tell

"Engine 99 / La máquina 99" in The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories, and Fingerplays by Pam Schiller, Rafael Lara-Alecio, and Beverly J. Irby.


Tire Tracks
  • Small toy trucks and cars
  • Ink pads
  • White construction paper

Children can create works of art by making designs with the tire tracks from toy cars of various sizes. Set out paper and ink pads. Let the kids roll a small toy vehicle over the ink pad and then drive the cars over the white construction paper to make simple designs.

Games and Activities

Set out two large plastic containers or use fill sensory table half full of dried oatmeal or packing peanuts. Add small cups and scoopers for the children to practice fine motor skills by scooping up and pouring the contents.

Craft Materials

Truck Nametag Pattern

Printer Friendly PDF Version (304 KB) (Full Page)

This is a full page of four cartoon-like trucks. The grill is smiling and the headlights have eyelashes. The windshield wipers are angled like eyebrows.


Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011