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Activity 1: Social Studies - Discuss the Theme - The School Bus a Land Transportation Machine
This craft and activities can be fun to help children with a first child care, preschool, kindergarten and first-grade experience and to discuss safety issues associated with driving inside any type of vehicle including a school bus.
Comments: Like in most areas, many preschool facilities and child care centers where I live use vans equipped with special features for transporting preschoolers, toddlers and infants. In many instances, these vans have been decorated or furnished to look like mini school buses. This really helps young children to make an easy transition to the traditional school bus and they feel like they are also going to school like older children.
1. What is a school bus? The School Bus as a "Community Helper" and the role of the school bus driver:
Discuss that a school bus is an important form of land transportation.
Display the Letter S School bus color poster and your choice of the coloring page of children boarding the bus point to the school bus image and different elements as you discuss. The school bus transports children to and from school and other locations such as field trips.
Discuss a couple of examples of the contribution of the school bus, school bus driver and school bus crossing guards to the community.
Review: Tips to Increase Your Child's School Bus Safety @ NHTSA.gov Includes various printable materials in PDF format
School bus safety tips at NHTSA
Activity 2: Alphabet activities
Option 1: Visit the letter S is for School lesson plan and printable materials. Note: The craft will feature letter S in the wheels.
Option 2: Present letter V is for Van
Activity 3: School Bus Craft and Learning Activities (Ages 2.5+)
Tell the children they are going to make their own special school bus, and that it is very similar to the one on the letter S coloring page.
Review printing and assembly options that best meet your needs. Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:
Notes and suggestions:
1. For an easier activity for children under three years of age, print the bus (template #2) directly to yellow paper or card stock, have the children color the elements in template #1 (windows, door and wheels) or print color version. Discuss colors and shapes where applicable, and help to cut out. Children can paste these directly to the bus template without cutting out the bus.
2. For older children follow the suggested options below that encourage scissor cutting skills for all the templates. The wheels can be attached with two fasteners which allows them to move around -- for children 3+ only.
Option 1: Print color Template #1 & Template #2, in your conduct your choice of first set of learning activities, children can cut out, conduct second set of learning activities below and assemble.
Option 2: Print black & white Template #1 & Template #2. Children can color, paint or decorate first, proceed as above.
Option 3: Print black & white template #1 & #2 directly onto your choice of contrasting color craft paper. Proceed as suggested above.
Part 1: Learning activities to conduct before school bus craft assembly:
Choose from the activities below you feel are are appropriate for the children.
Shapes & colors activity: (before template is cut-out)
Identify colors and any shapes that are on template #1 and
#2.: Some children
like to discuss the colors as they choose them while coloring or
painting the templates.
wheels can be glued on or help children to insert and secure fasteners.
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