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Transportation Activities #6: Children’s Transportation Songs

There are so many great reasons to include singing in your child’s day. For inspiration, here are two children’s transportation songs.

children's transportation songsOne of the most popular children’s transportation songs is The Wheels on the Bus. It’s been around for generations of kids and recorded by many children’s musicians and bands. There are translations in dozens and dozens of languages and lots of book versions too. Have you noticed its similar tune to Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush? Besides the regular verses, see if you and your child can add some more, such as:

The people in a hurry run real fast, run real fast, run real fast.
The people in a hurry run real fast, and holler WAIT.

Instead of a bus, use any other vehicles.

The wheels on a train go chug, chug, chug.
The whistle on a train goes toot, toot, toot.
The crossing on the track goes clang, clang, clang,

Another well-known song is Row, Row, Row Your Boat but you don’t only need to sing about boats.

children's transportation songs

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

Drive, drive, drive your can gently down the street.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a treat.

Fly, fly, fly your plane gently in the sky.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life’s too fun to cry.

Ride, ride, ride your bike gently down the route.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a hoot.

Singing encourages a tremendous number of brain connections. Besides supporting language and vocabulary, it helps with memory and encourages careful listening. Music uses a system of notes that go up and down, patterns, and spaces. Math also uses a system of numbers that go up and down, patterns, and spaces so songs prewire the brain for later math skills. Our own bodies contain rhythms and music can influence these and be calming or energizing. Actions mean brains have to handle several tasks at once. Songs have social and emotional aspects too.

Where will singing take you and your child?

Bubble Play and Learn #21: Bubble Art Activity

Bubble packaging is not just fun to pop. Along with a few other recycled items, it can be used to create some amazing bubble art for a play-of-the-day.

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If you’ve ever done any wall painting, you’ve likely used a paint roller. You can make one for kids by rolling bubble wrap around a cardboard tube. Roll the bubble wrap around the middle of the tube and leave the ends uncovered so kids have a place to put their hands. With some thick paint spread on a styrofoam tray or flat plastic dish, it’s easy then to roll the tube in the paint and get the bubble wrap all covered. This can get rolled on paper for both paint and sensory fun.

This was the plan, but Little Sister really, really wanted rainbow bubbles. We have some thicker paints in a variety of colors, but not like the rainbow of paint dabbers. So, we adapted. We covered the whole tube with bubble wrap and slid in two toilet paper rolls to be handles to make it long enough for 6 colors. Still using the foam tray, it was easy to make a line for each color by running the paint dabber up and down a few times.

When all the colors were on the tray, Little Sister rolled the tube back and forth. I wasn’t sure if the thin paint would stick well enough to the bubbles, but it did. Rolling the tube on the paper made little bubbles of color. Making the rainbow go over and down was tricky to do, so Little Sister just pushed the tube. This time, instead of dots, there were lines.

Understanding that some of the bubbles might pop when painting, it’s a good plan to cover the space where kids are creating with a plastic sheet or layers of newspaper. Have some soapy water handy just in case. Even if some of the bubbles deflate, they still make a dot. Does this bubble art activity pop for your child?

Bubble Art Mothers Day Cards Kids Can Make

Hand-made cards are treasures that mothers keep for years. Here are some bubble art Mothers Day cards kids can make at home.

There are several sites that suggest blowing colored bubbles and dipping a paper into them. I’ll admit to being skeptical about this.The bubbles don’t look colored, so how can they leave a color on paper? Transparent bubbles won’t show up on white or colored pages. But Little Sister said she’d done this at daycare so we tried it at home.

We didn’t have powdered paint like daycare, so instead we squeezed some paint from dabbers into a small plastic dish, added some water and a couple of squirts of dish soap. Just in case some bubbles escaped, floated across the kitchen, and popped in the air, I put the dish in the sink.

Little Sister stood on a chair and used a straw. She blew into the solution until bubbles were overflowing the dish. We touched the paper to the bubbles and then turned it over. The bubbles did leave lines and shapes of colors on the page! After a few repeats with blue, we tried with red color, water, and soap. You may need to remind kids to put the straw all the way to the bottom of the dish before blowing to get bubbles.

Big Sister wanted to use colored paper for her card and chose pink. It’s hard to see in the photo but the bubbles made a light marble effect on the pink. Next time, we will use much more paint, less water, and maybe a few drops of food coloring too. Liquid paint is another possibility with a bit of liquid soap. Extra water may not be needed. Now that we know how the process works, it will be fun to try bubble art with some different solutions.

Once the paper is dry, kids can add their names, happy faces, hearts, and any messages. These bubble art Mothers Day cards were a much easier project than I thought. Will you and your child give it a try?

Musical Toys and Homemade Instruments Fun

Having fun with musical toys and homemade instruments for kids is today’s play-of-the-day. Did you see the Google doodle for the theremin, a musical instrument played with hands but without touching? It inspired Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones and these ideas too.Kids enjoy making noise, er music, and will use ordinary items they find … Continue reading Musical Toys and Homemade Instruments Fun

Simple and Easy Dinosaur Songs for Children

Dinosaurs likely didn’t sing, but here are some simple and easy dinosaur songs for children. These use tunes that are already well known. Does singing happen at your house? Not on a machine or device but with family voices. It needs to because songs “aid a child’s ability to think” according to Sally Goddard Blythe. … Continue reading Simple and Easy Dinosaur Songs for Children