Buses Preschool Lesson Plan

1.  Freeplay

2.  Circle/Whole Group: Make a bus and take a ride!  Get 1-2 refrigerator boxes from an appliance store in advance.  They will often give these to you for free. Spread a drop cloth over your area and let the kids paint or color the “bus” with markers.  Cut out entrances and put little chairs inside.  Make a steering wheel.  Let the kiddos take turns driving.  Sing “Wheels on the Bus” inside the bus!

3.  Song:   Wheels on the Bus. Act out the song as the lyrics suggest.

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

Round and round, round and round,

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

All through the town.

Other possible verses:

The people on the bus go up and down.

The babies on the bus go “wah, wah, wah.”

The mommies on the bus go “I love you!”

The money on the bus goes click, click, click.

The doors on the bus go open and shut.

The driver on the bus says “Move on back!”

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.

And you can always make up silly verses like:

The lions on the bus go “roar, roar, roar!”

The birdies on the bus go “tweet, tweet, tweet.”

4.  Story: The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole.  Do buses really go underground?  What do they drive on?  If you could go anywhere on a magic bus, where would you go?  Note:  In reading this aloud to young children you will want to skip a lot of the extra text in order to meet their attention span needs.

5.  Craft:  Egg Carton Buses. Cut the lid of a 12-count paper egg carton into four pieces so each piece would have covered three eggs.  Help the kiddos glue two of them together to make a bus.  Let them glue 2-4 toilet paper rolls together to make the wheels and then glue the wheels onto the bus.  Let them paint their buses.

6.  Learning Activity.   My Magic Bus. Give the children a prepared mini-book titled My Magic Bus.  (Preparing the book:  use a word processor to make a table with two columns and three rows that fills an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page.  In the top right hand square, print: “My Magic Bus.”  Below that, print: “By ______.”) Help each child cut out their book, layer the three rows on top of each other, fold them in half, and place two staples right next to the fold.

Let each child make up a story about their magic bus and where it went.  Help them write it into their book.  Let them illustrate it with crayons or colored pencils.

7.  Snack:  Bus Crackers. Let the kiddos make buses out of crackers and cheese.  They can use several square crackers next to each other or a graham cracker with several pieces of cheese.

8.  Learning Activity.  Finding Shapes. Give each child a black and white picture of a bus.  Let them trace the shapes they find in the picture with markers and practice saying them.  You could even specify red for all circles, blue for all squares, etc.

9.  Freeplay outside. Begin with a bus ride…have children stand in a line and place their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them.  The person in front “drives” the “bus” to a destination.  Rotate drivers till all children have had a turn, then freeplay.

10.  Circle to review and summarize day.

Supplies for the day:

dropcloth

refrigerator boxes

paint and brushes or markers

strong scissors

glue

little chairs

The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole

1/2 an egg carton for each child

glue

paint

2-4 toilet paper rolls for each child

My Magic Bus book for each child

colored pencils or crayons

scissors

stapler

crackers and cheese

black and white bus picture for each child

markers

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