Story Time

"Green" Transportation Choices - Bikes, Scooters and Skateboards
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Books
New Red Bike by:James E. Ransome.
Up and down! Round and round! Tom is having a blast zooming all over the neighborhood on his new red bike. But when Tom stops by Sam's house to show off his wheels, he's in for an unhappy surprise. The new bike is sudenly...gone. Could his best friend, Sam, be the culprit? This deceptivly simple-seeming picture book offers a clever take on sharing.
Froggy Rides a Bike by:Jonathan London
Froggy just got his very first bike, and it's exactly what he wanted. Almost. Finishing touches like a bell and a horn have to be added before Froggy is ready to ride. Then, surrounded by cheering friends, Froggy starts to pedal. Oops! He falls off. He tries again. Oops! Riding a bike is hard! After a long day, and a few bumps and bruises, Froggy finally learns to ride, and once he does he can't wait to go again. Froggy Rides a Bike is a reassuring reminder that practice makes perfect, and it's sure to make kids eager to learn to ride on their own.

Duck on a Bike by:David Shannon.
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.
Six Hogs on a Scooter by:Eileen Spinelli
The Hog family tries various modes of transportation to get to the opera with decidedly unexpected results.
How will we get to the Beach? by:Brigitte Luciani
One beautiful summer day Roxanne decides to go to the beach. She loads up the car with everything she wants to take with her: the turtle, the umbrella, the book of wonderful stories, the ball and of course her baby. But the car won't start. Undaunted, Roxanne decides to take the bus to the beach. But something can't go on the bus. Whenever Roxanne comes up with a new way to get to the beach she discovers she must leave something behind-and children will have great fun guessing just what's missing each time.

Songs
Open, Shut Them
Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (Hold hands in front of you, open and close them with the words)

Give a little clap, clap, clap. (Clap 3 times with the words)

Open, shut them. Open, shut them. (Hold hands in front of you, open and close them with the words)

Lay them in your lap, lap, lap. (Place hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them. Slowly creep them...right up to your chin, chin, chin. ("Walk" your fingers up your body to your chin)

Open up your little mouth... (open your mouth)

But do not put them in, in, in! (shake your head and put hands quickly in lap)


Classic Fingerplay
Here is my book. I can open it wide
(palms together-open wide)
To show the pictures that are inside;
Here is my ball so big and round
(fingers form ball)
That I toss in the air or roll on the ground.
Here's my umbrella that keeps me dry
(above head)
When the raindrops drop from the cloudy sky.
And here is my kitty-just hear her purr
(left hand is kitty and stroke with right)
When I gently stroke her soft warm fur.

Ride My Bike by Tom Paxton
This song can be found on the "I've got a Yo-Yo" music cd by Tom Paxton.
Craft
Bike Streamers & Plates
http://www.crayola.com/things-to-do/crafts-landing/bike-streamers--plates.aspx
Other
Bicycle Safety
http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/bike_safety.html
NHTSA
http://www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles

Skateboard Safety
http://skateboardsafety.org/
Notes
Additional Book Suggestions

These items are slightly longer than the books listed above and would be a good choice for children who are older.

Curious George rides a bike by H.A. Rey.
Franklin Rides a Bike by Paulette Bourgeois
The Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Skateboard Mom by Barbara Odanaka
Rhinos who Skateboard by Julie Mammano.
The Berenstain Bears Safe and Sound!by Jan and Mike Berenstain