2. Circle/Whole Group: Introduce the theme with a bicycle jigsaw puzzle. You can make one from a magazine picture or internet picture. As the kiddos figure out where the pieces go, have them guess what the topic is. Then invite stories/adventures from their lives. Show pictures/talk about different kinds of bikes (like a road bike, a 2-person bike, a tricycle, a unicycle, a bike with training wheels, a folding bike, a bike that carries a rider, etc.).
3. Song: Ride, Ride, Ride Your Bike. (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat) Sing and sign as lyrics suggest.
Ride, Ride, Ride Your Bike
Ride, ride, ride your bike;
You will go so fast!
Hear the wind and feel the breeze,
Then watch the sky go past!
4. Story: Curious George Rides a Bike by H.A. Rey. Possible discussion items: wearing a helmet, talking to strangers, being responsible.
5. Craft: Transportation Collage. Introduce kiddos to the concept of a collage with an example or pictures of examples. Show them the supplies and invite them to have fun! Help them create a border, if they choose. Supplies could include stickers of transportation items (cars, trucks, airplanes, boats, bikes, buses, trains, etc.), stamps of transportation items, and various other decorative items (feathers, pompoms, cotton balls, etc.), glue.
6. Learning Activity. Directions around a Bike! Bring a bicycle and a teddy bear into the lesson area. Demonstrate, then have kiddos practice putting the teddy on or above the bike, under or below the bike, to the right of the bike, and to the left of the bike. Let kiddos take turns giving instructions to each other. Take Teddy for a ride when you’re done! If desired, let kiddos put themselves above, below, and to the right and left of the bike.
7. Snack: Bike Wheels. Use cheese-in-a-can to spray spokes on round crackers. Mmmmm! Orange slices also make great wheels!
8. Learning Activity. Bicycle maze. Create a maze for the kiddos to solve. This is their first maze experience this year, so make it simple! The goal could be to get to a bicycle or to ride a bicycle to get home, or to ride a bicycle to take a lost bird home. Give a maze to each child. Give help if needed.
9. Freeplay outside. Begin with a bicycle parade! Let kiddos showcase their bikes…if you don’t have room for a parade you could let them show how they ride their bikes.
10. Circle to review and summarize day.
Supplies for the day:
bicycle jigsaw puzzle
pictures of different kinds of bikes
Curious George Rides a Bike by H.A. Rey
crackers, cheese-in-a-can (or orange slices)
bicycle mazes (one for each child)
bicycles for parade (if desired)