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Book List Cars, Trains, Planes, and Trucks (Fisher-Price Little People Flip & Learn) - Nancy Rindone Chugga Chugga Choo Choo - Kevin Lewis Go, Dog, Go - P. D. Eastman I Love Trains - Philemon Sturges My Car - Byron Barton My Truck Is Stuck! - Kevin Lewis The Little Engine That Could - Wally Piper Trucks - Byron Barton Wheels on the Bus (Raffi Songs to Read) - Raffi

Songs & Fingerplays Down by the Station Down by the station Early in the morning See the little puffer bellies, All in a row See the station master Turn the little handle Puff, puff, toot, toot, off we go I'm a Little Airplane - sung to "I'm a Little Teapot" I'm a little airplane, I can fly, Here's my throttle, Give me a try. When I get all revved up, I can fly,

Off the runway, To the sky! Row, Row, Row Your Boat Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.

Arts & Crafts

Paint and Car Wash Fill pie pans with different colors of paint let the children drive matchbox cars through the paint and onto paper. When finished...they can wash their cars in the car wash!! Just use a tub of soapy water and toothbrushes. Margarine-Tub Sailboat Need: Margarine tub, clay, paper, crayons and markers, straw Press a ball of clay in the bottom of a margarine tub. Insert a straw in the clay; then tape a decorated paper into the top of the straw.

In The Kitchen Apple Sailboat Snack Have the children make apple sailboats from an apple slice, a triangular piece of cheese, & a toothpick. Marshmallow Trains Make marshmallow trains. Use pretzel sticks to hook the "cars" together and use peanut butter to glue cheerios on as wheels and other features.

Theme Ideas At our school (we teach Special education preschool, so our 3-5 year olds ride the bus), we film each child getting off of the bus or out of their car on the first day of school. We then let the children watch the video tape during circle time. Then we sing "this is the way we go to school, go to school, go to school, this is the way we go to school early in the morning." ~Submitted by Kristi in Tennessee

Links! Transportation Activities - DLTK Transportation/Vehicles - Enchanted Learning Preschool Transportation Theme - Everything Preschool Transportation - Preschool Activities and Crafts - First School Transportation Theme - Preschool Education *Air Transportation

*Poem Airplane Art Poetry Play For Preschoolers By Kimberly M. Hutmacher Zigging, zagging Way up high Painting pictures In the sky! Read the story "It Looked Like Split Milk." Print the poem "Airplane Art" by Kimberly M. Hutmacher. After reading the poem have the children complete the illustration for the poem. Click here for a printer friendly version of the poem "Airplane Art." A new window will open.

The white shape silhouetted against a blue background changes on every page. Is it a rabbit, a bird, or just split milk? Children are kept guessing until the surprise ending-and will be encouraged to improvise similar games of their own. Blue and white pictures. Age 4 to 6.

*Learning Centers Runway In the block area build a runway with long planks or unit blocks. Have wooden or unbreakable model airplanes available for takeoffs and landings. Airport A plank laid across a wooden box could make an airplane. Add a steering wheel or dial panel. Propellers can be cut out of cardboard and taped to the edge of the plank. A step can be pushed up to the plane

for passengers to get on or off the plane. A wagon or rolling platform can be used to take passengers' luggage to and from the plane. Airplane Poetry Play For Preschoolers By Kimberly M. Hutmacher Poems and activities to challenge and enhance children's creativity. An A to Z Kids Stuff Ebook Exclusive. Set up 2 rows of chairs with an aisle between. Section off a galley with a three-way play screen or other room divider. Provide tv dinner trays with play food and cups for the flight attendants to serve to the passengers. Tongue Depressor Airplanes Staple two craft sticks together to form a "t". Have children use craft scraps to decorate the tongue depressor airplanes. *Other Sites Artie the Airplane color pages. *Road Transportation *Fingerplays/Songs Wheels on the bus 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. Other verses: The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.

The doors on the bus go open and shut. The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep. The driver on the bus says, "Move on back." The people on the bus go up and down. Wheels Wheels big, (form big circle with fingers) Wheels small, (form little circles with fingers) Count them one by one Turning as they're pedaled (make pedaling motion with hands) In the springtime sun, 1-2-3-4-5 (count fingers)

Hop on the bus and sing along with "The Wheels On the DVD-Scholastic Video Collection Bus" and other classic sing along stories, plus two bonus stories on the DVD edition. Enjoy luscious colors, clever characters, and eye-popping animation and lively musical scores. A perfect blend of story and song. True to the original adaptiaons of classic and award winning books by renowned authers: Paul O. Zelinsky, Bob Baner, John Langstaff and, Rose Bonnie and Alan Mills. Age 3 to 9.

*Art

Wheels On A Road Need: small outline of a school bus, long strips of white paper, crayons. Give each child a long strip of white paper with a small paper schoolbus glued on the left-hand side. Have the children lay the long strip of paper on the floor. Tell the children that this is the road the bus drives on, and ask them to draw all the things that are on each side of the road. Yellow Bus

Need: bus pattern, yellow paint, sponges, black construction paper. Before painting have children print their name on the back. Sponge paint your bus yellow. Cut black squares and place on your bus for windows. Color the tires and bottom front bumper black. On a seperate paper ask each child "Where is your bus going?" Write down what the child says. Car Wheel Painting Need: small cars and trucks, paint, construction paper. Provide large sheets of paper and low flat pans of tempera paint (pie tins). Encourage the children to place the small cars and trucks in the paint. They can then make car and truck tracks onto their construction paper. Traffic Lights Provide red, yellow, and green construction paper circles, glue, and construction paper for the children to create a traffic light. Contributed by: Carie Summer Transportation College Using magazines have children cut out pictures of cars and trucks. Children then glue their pictures onto construction paper Cars on the go - Transportation Mural Need: sponges craft glue butchers paper paint textas/crayons Mural

Adult to draw a road across paper. Allow children to dab car stamps in paint and press onto paper mural. (Stamps need to be made up at home.) . Child can also draw trees with texta/crayons and other surroundings, to finish off the mural.(If done outside there will be less mess to clean up at the end.) Stamps Cut out cars shapes from sponges and glue onto an off cut of wood. Allow to dry.(Other transportation stamps could be made to fit with the theme also!) Contributed By: Debbie *Learning Centers Bus Set up a bus by lining up chairs in one or two long rows. Provide a steering wheel for the driver. A money bucket and play money. Can use anything round as the steering wheel. A pizza cardboard works great. Taxi Set up two rows of chairs side by side to represent a taxi. Provide a steering and hat for the driver. Provide dress-up clothes for the passengers. Make and place a "Taxi" sign on the chairs. Sand Table Add play cars and trucks to the sand table. Wet down the sand. Add gravel and small toy cars and trucks. Gears Collect a variety of gears and place on the science table. Tire Rubber Cut off several pieces of rubber from old tires. Place the tire rubber pieces on the science table with magnifying glasses. Car Mechanic If you have any broken riding toys or vehicle parts(such as wheels, tires) place them outside with tools. The children can experiment with the tools. *Math

Wheel Sequence Cut out various sized circles from posterboard to represent wheels. Have the children sequence the wheels from largest to smallest. Math Groups-Car Dice Roll Need: dice, dice car pattern Roll a die and count the dots. Then color in that number of dots on your car. Keep playing until all the dots on your car is colored in. *Snack The Snack Bus Need: graham crackers, yellow food coloring, cream cheese, cheeze-it crackers, ritz-bits crackers, cinnamon red- hot candies Color the cream cheese with yellow food coloring. For each child one graham cracker (2 squares). Take a graham cracker and frost with yellow cream cheese. Lay the graham cracker length wise. Place 3 Cheeze-It crackers near the top for the windows. Add 2 Ritz-Bits crackers for wheels. Add cinnamon red-hot candies (1 near top right and 1 near bottom left) for the lights. A fun snack for children to make! Twinkie Bus Take a Twinkie and cut out a small rectangle from one end to make it look like the hood and windshield (so that it is shaped like a bus). Frost the entire cake yellow, can also frost the front with blue frosting for a windshield. Add Oreos for wheels and you have a bus cake. Perfect activity to do with the "Wheels On The Bus" song. Contributed by: pricepm Cheese Wheels Cut cheese slices using a cookie cutter into circle shapes to represent wheels. Top each round cheese slice with raisins or serve with crackers. *Rail Transportation *Fingerplays/Songs

A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track (Tune of Polly Wolly Doodle) A peanut sat on a railroad track, His heart was all a-flutter, Round the bend came number ten, Toot! Toot! Peanut butter! SQUISH!!! *Art Train

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