Story Time

We're Going on a Trip, Airplane
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Toddler
Books
Flying by:Donald Crews
An airplane takes off, flies, and lands after having passed over cities, country areas, lakes, and more.
Miffy Goes Flying by:Dick Bruna
Miffy's uncle takes her for a ride in his airplane
Pilot Pups by:Michelle Meadows
Toy dogs go on air patrols to make sure that none of the other toys in a child's room go missing
Planes by:Anne Rockwell
Simple text and illustrations introduce different types of airplanes.
Go, Go, Planes! by:Illustrated by Simon Hart
Simon Hart's charming colorful pictures of different types of planes. The simple text identifying these familiar vehicles will encourage even the earliest of readers.
Kevin Takes a Trip by:Liesbet Slegers
Bold graphics, friendly faces and a toddler's-eye view make Kevin a must for little ones just beginning to explore and understand their world. In this adventure, Kevin takes an airplane ride.

Miss Mouse Takes Off by:Jan Ormerod
A rag doll takes an airplane trip to visit Granny.
Songs
Airplane
The airplane has great big wings
(arms outstretched)

Its propeller spins around and sings, "Vvvvvv!"
(make one arm go round)

The airplane goes up
(lift arms)

The airplane goes down
(lower arms)

The airplane flies high
arms outstretched, turn body around)

Over the town!
I'm A Little Airplane
"I'm a Little Teapot" Tune

I'm a little airplane,
(children raise arms at sides to shoulder height.)
Now watch me fly!
(They spin one of their arms in front of them as if it were a propeller)
Here are my instruments
From down low to up high.
(With their other arm, they reach from the ground to above their heads.)
First I get revved up.
(Children make engine noises while still spinning their arms.)
Then I can fly,
(Children raise arms to shoulder height.)
Lifting off the runway
(They start walking forward.)
Up into the sky!
(They go up on their tiptoes and continue to move forward. Let them circle awhile before returning to their original positions.)
http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/transportation-rhymes.htm
The Airplane
The airplane has great big wings (children stretch out arms.)
Its propeller spins round and sings, Vvvvvvrrruuuummmmm. (children move right arms around in a circle.)
The airplane goes up. (they lift up their arms)
The airplane dips down.
The airplane flies--round all of the town! (With arms outstretched, they turn around twice.)
http://www.preschooleducation.com/sair.shtml
Craft
Sensory art experiences are messy but well worth the effort. I like to do these types of activities outside were clean up is a breeze. Also, you might want little ones to wear older clothing that can be tossed into the washer with ease.

Please note: The blog discusses the posibility of using food coloring, and essential oil. I would not recommend this. When working with toddlers, I like to keep things simple. That being said, if you would like to creating an activity which includes the sence of smell, I would try using something like coffee grounds.

Sensory Playdough
http://science-at-home.org/sensory-playdough/
Other
How To Create Sensory Bins for Toddlers
http://tactiletoddler.blogspot.com/2010/05/easy-road-sensory-bins.html
Notes
If your child is about to take their first airplane ride provide play experiences and activities that are related to travel. Use this as an opportunity to talk with your child about what will take place during this time. This will help them understand this new experience better.