On the Move – Transportation

Rhyme Cube: click here for description

Sign Language:  Word of the day is “Train

First Book:  I Love Planes by Philemon SturgesI Love Planes! by Philemon Sturges (2003...

Felt Board:  Where Does it Go?

I stole this wonderful idea from RovingFiddlehead KidLit

I made a train track, a road, a lake, and some clouds out of felt and put them on the board.  Like this:


I also made a train (engine, box car, and caboose), a bus, a bicycle, a sail boat, an airplane, and a hot air balloon.  I asked the kids to help me put the vehicles in the correct spot.  Of course I kept putting them in the wrong spots (the train engine in the sky, the boat on the train tracks, the bicycle in the lake…) and the kids had fun correcting me.where-vehicles2

Second Book:  Freight Train by Donald Crews

Felt Board: Green means “Go”

This activity came from Toddler Storytime

I made red, yellow, and green circles out of felt. I told the kids that when I put up the green one they need to run in place really fast (“go, go, go!”).  When I put up the yellow circle I told them to run in place very slowly (“slow, slow, slow).  And when I put up the red circle they should freeze (“stop!”).

redyellow green

I switched between the circles a few times so the kids could get all their wiggles out.

Third Book:  My Car by Byron Barton My Car

Song:  “Drive, Drive, Drive your Car”

(Tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Drive, drive, drive your car,
All around the town.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Up the hills and down.
Turn, turn, turn the key,
Make the engine roar. VROOOOM!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Let’s go to the store.
Press, press, press the pedal,
Give the engine gas.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Now we’re going fast.
Turn, turn, turn the wheel,
That is how we steer.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Make a turn right here.

Song found at Sunflower Storytime

iPad App:  Peekaboo Vehicles by Touch and Learn

peekaboo vehicles

This cute app is easy to use as a guessing game during storytime.  It shows an image of clouds and plays the sound of a specific vehicle (a train, a firetruck, a helicopter, ….).  When you tap on the clouds they disappear to reveal an animated image of the vehicle.  I held the iPad facing the kids and had them guess each vehicle by its sound.  I also gave them clues.  For example, with the airplane sound I told the kids: “this vehicle has great big wings and flies in the sky.”   Once they shouted out their guesses, I taped the iPad to reveal the vehicle.  Here’s a screenshot of the firetruck:

peekaboo fire truck

This activity was super simple and fun.


Shoo Fly!

I recently did a storytime all about flies and had a lot of fun with it!

Rhyme Cube: Click here for a description

Sign Language:  Today we learned the word “fly” and repeated it often.

First Book:  Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth


Two little shoo flies sitting on the wall
One named Peter, one named Paul
Fly away Peter! Fly away Paul!
Come back Peter! Come back Paul!

Second Book:  Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen

iPad App:  Felt Board by Software Smoothie

Felt Board is one of my new favorite apps.  It allows you to create felt boards by providing different backgrounds and objects that you can “glue” down.  Here is the felt board I created for this week’s storytime:teacher fly

I used it to go with the following rhyme:

There’s a Bug on the Teacher

by Kalli Dakos

(I changed the word “bug” to “fly”)

There’s a bug on the teacher,

and it’s crawling on her shoe.

What will she do?

It’s crawling on her shoe!

There’s a bug on the teacher,

And it’s crawling on her pants.

Has us in a trance,

That bug on her pants.

There’s a bug on the teacher,

And it’s crawling on her shirt,

I hope it doesn’t hurt,

That bug on her shirt.

There’s a bug on the teacher,

And it’s crawling on her neck,

Everyone check,

It’s crawling on her neck!

There’s a bug on the teacher,

And it’s crawling on her nose,

Why do you suppose

It’s crawling on her nose?

(I found the rhyme on Miss Mary Berry’s blog)

I created the “teacher” in the Felt Board app and “glued” her down along with her hair, face, and clothes.  I then added the fly but did not glue him down.  This allowed me to move him around as I recited the rhyme.

I held the iPad facing the kids and moved the fly along to the rhyme.  At the end when she sneezes, I asked the kids to sneeze with me and moved the fly really quickly to the floor.

We had a lot of fun with it.

Third Book:  Shoo Fly! by Iza Trapani


I pre-made pipe cleaner flies and gave one to each child.  The idea came from the Sunflower Storytime blog and she has some great pictures and directions on how to make them.

We used the flies as we sang the following song:

“Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me

I belong to somebody!”

We sang it a few times and each time we put the fly on a different body part (our heads, knees, belly buttons, ears, and finally our noses) Then we sneezed and the flies flew away just like in the previous rhyme.