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is for Van
School bus or Van
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Transportation > Land
Activity 1: Social Studies - Discuss the Theme - The
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
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
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
to Increase Your Child's School Bus Safety @ NHTSA.gov Includes
various printable materials in PDF format
bus safety tips at NHTSA
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
Activity 3: School Bus Craft and Learning Activities
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
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
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
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.
School Bus Craft Assembly:
Proceed with craft assembly. Show briefly the image in
the alphabet poster which features the the finished craft to help the children see how the
pieces are assembled.
Assembly suggestions after learning activities:
1. At this point the template pieces should be colored /
decorated if using the black & white
2. Allow the children to practice scissor cutting as much as possible
assistance when needed.
3. Optional - practice numerals and count the
pieces. Write numerals in the back of the pieces in an order
of assembly and turn face down. The bus can be #1, windows can
be numbered from left to right 2, 3, 4, 5, door #6 and wheels #7 and
Encourage children to paste the pieces following the number order
and assist in the process.
wheels can be glued on or help children to insert and secure fasteners.
Activity 4: Music: The
Wheels on the Bus or On
the Way to School
Have the children hold their finished school bus craft and use it to
dramatize one of the songs. Have fun!
Activity 5: Online fun at Think
Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe a Traffic Safety program for young kids
Bus or Preschool/ Day Care Van Craft
Black & White
S School bus
Letter V Van
1 and 2
* something to color with
* glue or glue stick
* optional - 2 large fasteners