Teaching Picture: Bus
Print out the color red picture and laminate
Hold up for the children and say red
On the down load page you will find the printable pages and print out
today’s picture. Tape the picture to the wall in a location where the toddlers
can see it.
As you show the picture to children, talk about the picture, tell the
children about the picture. Talking to the toddlers is a good way for them to
get started on using their own language skills. The more words a toddler hears
the more he learns, even if he/she is not talking yet, they are listening and
learning and all of a sudden they will be talking.
Refer to the language development section below for a few suggestions on
things to talk about with toddlers about the picture, the language development
will give you suggestion on things to talk about or it will show an activity,
rhyme or story and then continue talking to the children about the picture,
using your own words.
Keep in Mind: Any and all printed material is not
safe for toddlers. So do not give any
printouts to the children unless you are supervising them. These are for you to
hold up or attach to the wall.
Look at your toddlers and in a soothing voice talk about the picture:
Music: Blues Music
Play folk music for the children today.
Please Note: You can check at your local library and try to borrow
some folk music to play for the toddlers, if they do not have folk music, try
to select some different types of music to play for the children, such as;
blues, classical, country, soft rock, etc.
Play the music softly throughout the day in the background and it would
be nice to play it quietly during naptime also to help the children settle down
to go to sleep and keep them sleeping with a soft back ground noise.
Development: Big Yellow Bus
Tune to: “Three Blind Mouse”
bus, Big Yellow bus,
See how they drive, See how they drive,
They all go to the school you know,
Dropping kids off and watching them go,
You will see them wherever you go,
Big yellow bus, Big yellow bus.
Directions: Print out the teaching picture - the bus
picture and cover with clear contact paper or clear packaging tape and then hold
then up as you sing the song. After you sing the song tape the airplanes to the
wall so the children can view them throughout the day.
Print outs: Do not give the toddlers the print
outs, unless they have been completely covered with clear packaging tape or
clear contact paper to make them durable and if they start to wear, replace
them. And any print outs that are “too small and pose a choking hazard”
shouldn’t be given to the toddlers.
Songs/Finger Rhymes: The Wheels On The Bus
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 around the town.
The people on the
bus go up and down,
The babies on the
bus go wahh, wahh, wahh,
The mommies on the
bus go shh, shh, shh,
Please note: Sing the song above with the children and act out the movements in the song with the children.
Activity: Fun With Yellow
Sturdy plastic cups
Show the children the yellow blocks and point out that they
are the same color as the yellow bus.
Provide the children with some sturdy plastic cups, such as
yogurt or pudding cups, sturdy plastic fruit cups, study plastic tumbler cups,
or the covers to liquid soap containers (thoroughly washed out) or the covers
to spray paint cans (washed out) and some yellow mega blocks.
Show the toddlers how they can pour the blocks from
one cup to another, how they can turn a larger plastic container upside down
and place a smaller container on top, how they can learn how to put the smaller
cup inside the larger cup, or stack the same size cups together.
Teacher should sit
down with the children and “play too” this is how the toddlers learn,
pour the blocks with the toddlers, and talk to them about what you’re doing,
such as “look at me I can pour one block into this cup, this is fun!” “Oh look
at Jillian she has two yellow blocks in her cup, Jillian can you pour your
blocks into the other cup? Show them how to stack the blocks, etc.
Safety Note: Make sure all the materials they are
using are too large to chock on, always check with a choke tube, most items
should be at least 1 inch wide by 2 inches long.
Yellow Paint (See
Card stock paper
(One sheet per child)
Toddler Safe Paint
Give the children
a large sheet of white card stock paper and have the children paint with the
color “yellow” same color as the yellow bus!
12 – 15 Months: Offer
the toddlers some paint and a brush, don’t expect them to “paint a picture” they
will play in the paint, that is fine, this activity is more about them having a
fun “sensory activity” then actually making a picture, at this age it is more
about the “process” than the product.
need a lot of sensory activities at this age. They learn best by their senses
“touching, tasting, seeing, hearing and smelling”.
16 – 18 Months: Some
toddlers at this age are getting ready to actually “paint on the paper” but
they need to learn from “you” the teacher, by painting with them, they learn by
watching and coping, so please paint with them so they can see what they are
supposed to be doing, if they are having more fun just finger painting and
playing in the paint, then please just let them have a great time experimenting
with the paint and feeling the “squishy feel” against their fingers, let them
have fun, at this age its more about the “process” than actually making a
Directions: Have the children paint with yellow paint
on paper. See paint recipe below to make some yellow paint. If you have
toddlers that put the paint brush into their mouths you may want to have them
finger paint instead. You should provide the toddlers with toddler safe
brushes; the kind that is short and chubby works best for toddlers to paint
with. Provide them with a small container of paint and a brush, if they are
having a hard time then just put a glob of paint in the middle of their picture
and show them how to take the brush and swish it through the paint or how to
finger paint in the paint. Make sure you tape their paper down. As soon as they
are done painting put the paint and the picture out of reach. Make sure
children are wearing paint shirts and roll up their sleeves.
Note: You may need to tape
their paper to the table, as young toddlers do not know how to hold their paper
down when coloring, gluing, and painting, etc.
Art Pictures Home: Make sure
parents know that the art pictures that are being sent home are not toys; they
are to be hung up as decorations or put away as memories not given to the
children to play with as they could choke on the small pieces of material if
not being supervised.
Egg Carton Peg Board
You will need:
Toilet Paper Rolls
Egg Carton – one per child
Print out small children file
Please Note: Save the toilet paper rolls to use
again next week during circle week.
Directions: You will need one egg carton per child
and some toilet paper rolls, for each per child. Print out the small children
file and cut out the children and place them onto the toilet paper rolls and
then completely cover the toilet paper roll with clear packaging tape, the
more tape the sturdier it will be. Turn the egg carton upside down so the
egg cups are sticking up in the air, this is the bus, have the toddlers place
the kids into the bus by placing the toilet paper rolls onto the egg cups.
Safety Note: When they tire of this activity put
the egg carton and toilet paper rolls away.
Activity: Yellow Blocks
Clear Contact Paper
Knife (Teacher Only)
You will a large box and you may want to weigh the boxes down by
placing some books inside, so the box won’t slide across the floor.
Optional – you may want to paint the box yellow and then put a strip of
clear contact paper around the top part of box so the color of the box shows
Then teacher will cut a few holes into the top of each of the boxes for
the children to be able to drop the blocks into the box and then teacher will
cut a large hole in the bottom of the box for the children to remove the
Next, teacher will place some yellow mega blocks into a pile on the
floor. Show the children the blocks and tell the children they are yellow, ask
them if they can say the word “yellow”.
Teacher will show the children how to pick up the blocks and how to
drop them into the holes in the box. Teacher will show them how to stick the
blocks on the outside of the box onto the clear contact paper.
Talk to the children about what they are doing such as, Sammy you found
a yellow block, look the box is the same color, it is yellow too, can you put
the block in this hole? And then point to the hole. Then say something like,
where did the block go? There it is, point into the bottom of the box, can you
get the block? Good Job! Repeat with all the children.
Safety Note: Make sure the blocks are not too small that those
pose a choking hazard, try to place them into a choking tube and make sure they
are too large to fit inside it.
Nursery Rhymes: I'm A Little Teapot
I'm a little
teapot short and stout,
Here is my handle
(place one hand on hip)
Here is my spout
(hold opposite arm straight out)
When I see the
teacups here me shout,
Tip me over and
pour me out. (Lean over)
Please Note: Young toddlers enjoy being read to
and thrive and learn from listening to stories, songs, poetry and nursery
rhymes. So please read and sing a lot to the children in your care!