Things that GO!


Trucks, planes, cars and trains  . . . make for a very active storytime!

OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together


To parents and caregivers: You have probably noticed that we always start with the same opening songs and rhymes.  We do this, not only because repetition is good for your child’s learning, but also because children love repetition!  Here is a great quote about the importance of repetition from Saroj Ghoting, an early literacy expert.

“Children learn by repetition. Infants and young children have the most active brains. The more stimulation they receive from their environment-what they see, hear, touch, taste, and smell-the more connections are made between brain cells. After a while there are so many connections that the ones that are not used are pruned. It is repetition that keeps these connections between brain cells and makes them strong. So at home or in the car, do these rhymes and songs over and over again.”

BOOK 1: I Wish I Were A Pilot by Stella Blackstone
This book explores many different modes of transportation.  “I wish I were a pilot, race car driver, balloonist, etc. etc.”

FINGERPLAY: Runaway Engine

Runaway engine, Ricketty rack,
Pump arms like a train
Running around the railway track.
Draw large circle with finger
All the way there and all the way back,
Point at audience, point at self
Runaway engine Ricketty rack.
Pump arms like a train.

SONG/CD: Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck
(from Barney’s Favorites Volume 1)

BOOK 2: Flying by Donald Crews
Donald Crews has a magical way of making the reader feel that he or she is actually part of the book. With very simple words and sentence structure, Flying takes us on an airplane ride – from taxing down the runway, to flying over cities, to landing…down, down, down. Children will enjoy acting this one out.

FLANNEL SONG: The Wheels on the Bus (Pattern available from here)

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 horn on the bus goes beep beep beep…
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish…
The people on the bus go up and down…
The babies on the bus cry waa waa waa…
The parents on the bus say shh shh shh…

ACTION SONG/CD: Bumping up and Down in My Little Red Wagon
(from Raffi’s Singable Songs Collection)
Caregivers with little ones can bounce children along to this song.  Older children can do the actions.

BOOK 3: Freight Train by Donald Crews
Another book by Donald Crews, Freight Train has us feeling as if we are sitting by the tracks, watching a train go by.  The words of this song actually follow the rhythm of a freight train….chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga.  Everyone can help keep the rhythm with shaker eggs.  (Shaker eggs can easily be made by filling plastic Easter eggs with rice, and then hot-gluing them shut.)

CLOSING SONG: We Wave Goodbye Like This

Have children glue planes (pre-cut from construction paper) to blue sheets of construction paper.  Then glue on cotton balls for clouds, and decorate.

Sunflower Storytime: Airplane Craft

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