Today we welcome teacher and author, Sue Wickstead to share her day all about Buses! For over 20 years, alongside her teaching career, Sue has worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led her to write a photographic history book about it. Sue discovered that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. Sue decided to write a fictional tale about the first bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name. ‘Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme bus’, is one of nine story books written by Sue Wickstead. All of the story books are based on real Playbus projects. Daisy also has a book full of ‘bus’ rhymes and jokes as well.
Story Time- Daisy Daydream
Have you ever been on a bus and where did you go? Look at the front cover from the video for Daisy Daydream, what rhymes can you see? How is this bus different?
Grown Ups: Support your child to draw their own very special bus. How could they make it bright and colourful? What pictures would they add? What name would they give to their bus? Write a sentence or words to describe their bus. This activity supports letter recognition and their creativity.
Make your own Bus
Help your child to make a bus model using construction toys such as Lego or Duplo. What colour bricks will they use? How can they make it into a tall bus shape? Maybe they could drive it around on their road map. Or maybe take it out on a walk in the garden or local area. Take a few photographs along the way and describe the journey - around, over, beside through. Where will it go? You can make a picture story board with these photographs. Perhaps they might like to use cardboard boxes and glue to create a bus model too. What could they use? Talk about the construction process and their ideas.
Grown Ups: This activity supports your child and their creativity. It also helps with fine motor skill as well as hand eye co-ordination.
Daisy Daydreams Bus Rhymes and Jokes – Learn an action song with a bus theme.
Do you like nursery rhymes and telling jokes? Have a listen to some of these re-worked well known nursery rhymes and songs. Talk to your child about their favourite nursery rhymes, songs and jokes. Can you join in to sing some of these well-known nursery rhymes and songs? Here we share the 'Wheels on the Bus' song. How many verses do you know for the action song 'wheels on the bus'? Can you add any more verses and actions? What sound did the doors make in Daisy’s storybook? (Psshh) Who else would travel on the bus and what would they do? Share the song with another family member and get them to join in too.
Grown Ups: This activity supports your child’s language and communication development.
The Journey Map
Talk about a journey you have been on recently.
Grown Ups: Talk to your child about a journey you have been on together. Ask your child questions and places that you saw along the way. Record with pictures the places you saw together on the journey map. This supports your child’s understanding of their environment and the world around them. This activity also develops your child’s language and communication.
If you've finished these and still have time for fun...
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A Spooky Tale A different journey. This is a picture story book where the teacher takes her class out for a walk. Where would they go and what would they see?