Families: Buses

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

families-buses

Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems*
The Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler
My Bus by Byron Barton*

Early Literacy Tip
Young children are often fascinated by vehicles. Reciting rhymes, reading books about vehicles together, and waving at them as they pass are all ways to extend this interest.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: “Yellow Bus” by Justin Roberts*

Featured Track: #4 Yellow Bus*

Flannelboard: Seals on the Bus*

Flannelboard: Maisy Drives the Bus*

Props: “Green Says Go”*

Props: “Stoplight Sorting”*

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Hands Are Clapping
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Mister Sun
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Thumbkin
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star*
  • Wheels on the Bus

How It Went

A fabulous crowd was at this storytime! One of my new favorite themes since everything worked excellently. I was surprised that the kids knew Maisy and went wild for her but didn’t know the names of her friends. The kids all “climbed on” the Yellow Bus with me during our song and we had a conga line around the room. And they loved the props and I was glad to reuse them from my toddler cars theme!

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