Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Road Trip

I'm in a traveling mood I suppose.  I'm ready to pack up the car and head out to visit friends.  Below is a road trip inspired program and a few travel games that will help while away some miles.


Cars Galore by Peter Stein and Illustrated by Bob Staake

Get the Wiggles Out:
Variation of the nursery rhyme: "This is the way the lady rides."
Ask kids to stand up.
This is the way the tractor drives, bumpity bumpity-bump. Bending and shaking from side to side.
This is the way the race car drives, vroom vroom vroom.  Squat low and dart from side to side.
This is the way the fire engine drives. Whee-oo whee-oo whee-oo! Turn in a circle or let them run in a circle.
Make up anything that comes to mind

Follow the Line by Laura Ljungkvist Since this 2006 title, Jjungkvist has cleverly created 3 more "Follow the Line" titles.  Picture-walk for a large audience;  linger over each brilliantly rendered line drawing with a small group or one-on-one.

Flannel Board:  Our Jeep
Courtesy of Transportation Them-a-saurus by Totline Publications

First we saw a bump,
Then we saw a hill,
Then we saw a mountain
That was bigger, still.

Our jeep drove over the bump,
Our jeep drove over the hill,
Our jeep drove up the mountain
And it's up there, still.

Let's drive back down the mountain,
Let's drive back over the hill,
Let's drive back over the bump.
Then let;s just sit still!

Whose Driving? by Leo Timmers   Warning.  This book seems to be completely addictive for little kids.  Don't know why, but if you read this once, there is a good chance you will have to read it again and again and again.

If you are in a library (or any place that isn't a car/bus/etc) play a game of Red Light! Green Light!

Art Activity:
Lay out butcher paper or maps from old atlases and encyclopedias. Dip toy cars in tempura paint.  Race them across the paper or draw the way to a special place like grandma's house or where a child was born.

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