I’d noticed a few new books coming in about buses for younger ones, so I thought I would try that out for this week’s storytime theme
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
BOUNCE: Roly Poly*
The Bus is for Us! by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler
MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
Wheels on the Bus
Template and song taken from Felt Board Fingerplays
by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell. Pieces inspired by SouthCentralFlannelboardFactory.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, (roll arms in front of body, fist over fist)
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.
The wipes on the bus go swish, swish, swish… (move arms back and forth like wipers)
The door on the bus goes open and shut… (palms facing out, move hands apart then together)
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep… (pretend to be pushing on a horn)
The windows on the bus go up and down… (palms toward you, hands horizontal, move apart, then together)
The babies on the bus go waa, waa, waa… (fists up to eyes and twist)
The parents on the bus go shh, shh, shh… (finger in front of lips)
BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman.
MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*
My Bus by Byron Barton
TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*
SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants
NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Flannelboard pattern taken from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: The Wheels on the Bus by Penny Dann
HOW IT WENT:
Buses was a fun theme! When I used The Bus is for Us I did paperclip one stanza of the book together so that it didn’t run too long.
ATTENDANCE: 32 people
* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music