Away we GO!


Wow!  70 children and adults came to storytime again this week!

OPENING SONG Can’t Wait to Celebrate
from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem album

BOOK 1 –   Dinosaur Trainby John Guerney

FLANNEL GUESSING GAME– Vehicle Guessing Game
Credit:  Storytime Magic by Kathy Macmillan

Print my Vehicle Guessing Game CLIPART here.

I have headlights and a steering wheel,
I take you near and far.
My horn says honk! And my engine says VRROOOM!
Hop in!  I am a (car) ……

Find the rest of the words in Kathy Macmillan’s book Storytime Magic.

RHYME Helicopter; Sign Language Rhyme
Sign “Helicopter” as you say this rhyme:  Right thumb in palm of Left hand. Left hand fingers spread and shake.  Watch a video clip of the sign here.

Helicopter goes up
Helicopter goes down
Helicopter turns, turns all around

Helicopter goes left
Helicopter goes right
Helicopter goes up, up, and out of sight (hands behind back)

Learning the sign for “Helicopter”

BOOK 2  –   What Do Wheels Do All Day? By April Jones Prince

SONG –  Row, Row, Row Your Boat
MP3 download:  Old Town School of Folk’s album Songs for Wiggleworms. 
This song has everyone rowing, bouncing, wiggling, and swaying  your way down the stream!

BOOK 3     Flying by Donald Crews
Have your audience be active participants while reading this book.  Have everyone start out by standing and walking in place to board the plane.  Then crouch down to get ready for take-off.  Everyone stands up with arms out (like a plane’s wings) when the plane takes off.  Everyone keeps their arms out while flying over mountains, through clouds, over cities, etc.  Then slowly drop down, down, down to the ground for the landing.

CRAFT-  Paper Plate Steering Wheels
Instructions available at

Have children make the steering wheels and then sing the following rhyme:

Drive, Drive, Drive
(Tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Credit: Collaborative Summer Library Program Manual

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.

CLOSING SONG– If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands…
If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet…
If you’re happy and you know it wave goodbye…

Don’t Let the
Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

9 thoughts on “Away we GO!

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  2. Hi Leah,
    I am doing a “construction storytime” this Thursday and I love the steering wheel idea as a craft! How did you have the children decorate their steering wheels, my little ones are mostly 2s & 3s? I think I will use the song too, and just adapt it slightly for trucks.

    Thank You!

    Happy Tuesday,



    • Hi Lois,
      I pre-cut the paper plates (cut out the centers) and the strips of paper. The kids then taped the strips of paper to the paper plates. Then they just colored them with crayons to decorate. Simple! I might have had some foam stickers for them too. Have fun with your construction storytime!


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