On The Road Storytime

Hello Sunday Storytime readers! Yesterday’s storytime theme is a tried and true favorite… Cars, Buses, Trucks, and all things that go on the road!

I have to admit… I was completely uninspired for this weekend’s storytime. But when that happens, I’m so very lucky to have my “storytime gurus”, a couple co-workers who have been doing storytimes for decades, to turn to. With a few of their suggestions, and combining two of their crafts ideas into one, On The Road Storytime was a hit!

On The Road Storytime Line-up:

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Being kind and having friends gets you far, especially when you need a helping hand.

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

Whatever you do, don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! The Sunday storytimers never tire of Mo Willems. Who could?

Bunnies on the Go by Rick Walton, illustrated by Paige Miglio

A rhyming read-aloud about different modes of transportation.

Green Says GO! Flannel Board

I had all the kids stand up and march in place for the different traffic light commands for this interactive flannel board.

Green Says GO!
Green Says, “Go!” (march fast in place)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow.” (march slow)
Slow… slow… slow…
And Red says, “Stop!” (freeze stop)
GO! GO! GO! (march fast)
Slow… slow… slow (march slow)
STOP!!! (stop)

Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

Love Emma Garcia’s books. I like them so much, the craft was inspired by this book.

On The Road Collage Craft:

Our library will be re-locating for a renovation in the very near future. To prepare for the move there has been a cleaning (and purging) of our craft supplies. This craft was inspired by two separate crafts we had leftover supplies from.

It was also inspired by Emma Garcia’s collage work in her book Toot Toot Beep Beep.

The materials used for this craft include leftover dye-cut cars, traffic signs, and roads, scraps from the Piet Mondrian craft, wood peices, cardboard scraps, magazine clippings, large sheets of bright blue paper, glue sticks, and scissors. To recreate at home, all you need is some construction paper, magazines, glue and scissors.

First, they kids glued the road down. If you don’t have an accucut machine handy, cutting strips of black paper works just as well.

After the road was laid down, various rectangle magazine cut-outs, colored construction paper, and cardboard pieces were glued to the paper to act as a cityscape. These were cut out before storytime, so the younger kids wouldn’t have to use scissors.

Paper street signs and cars were also glued on as roadside additions.

Or not.

The majority of the kids chose to not glue their paper car on so that they could move it up and down along the road. In the future, I would love to get a huge sheet of butcher paper some time and assemble a city with the kids. Hmmmm….. I think I see a “Big City Storytime” in the near future…


4 Responses to “On The Road Storytime”

  1. bella says:

    so give ideas and inspiration for children thanks for sharing


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