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BLAST Early Learning



Trucks RollTrucks Roll! by George Ella Lyon

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal many different--and sometimes silly--items that trucks can haul.



She'll Be Comin' 'Round the MountainShe'll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
by Philemon Sturges
illustrated by Ashley Wolff

New words to the traditional tune describe a camper-driving, “hootin’” and “shoutin’” guest and the party that will begin when she arrives.


Big book of transportationDK Big Book of Transportation
by Caroline Bingham and Trevor Lord
photography by Mike Dunning
and Richard Leeney

Presents the design and uses of a variety of vehicles




Let the children take turns holding a toy truck and finishing the sentence, "My truck hauls __________."  Let them be creative with the things they would like to put in their trucks.



The Driver Song

Devon the driver has a car: beep, beep, beep, beep, beep
And on that car he has a horn: beep, beep, beep, beep, beep
With a beep, beep here and a beep, beep there
Here a beep, there a beep,  everywhere a beep, beep
Devon the driver has a car: beep, beep, beep, beep, beep

Pete the Pilot has a plane: zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
And on that plane there are some wings:
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom
With a zoom, zoom, here, and a zoom, zoom there
Here a zoom, there a zoom, everywhere a zoom, zoom
Pete the Pilot has a plane: zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom

The engineer has a train: chug, chug, chug, chug, chug
And on that train he has a smokestack:
Chug, chug, chug, chug, chug
With a chug, chug here and a chug, chug there
Here a chug, there a chug, everywhere a chug, chug
The engineer has a train: chug, chug, chug, chug, chug



Vocabulary Word:

haul : v. to carry

Haul them through mountains, over rivers, past towns—around blue sky curves, through rain pouring down..”
(taken from Trucks Roll! by George Ella Lyon)



Math: License Plate Matching Game

What You Need:  Large blank flash cards, markers or paint

What You Do:  Make up fake license plates to be used in a matching game.  Have your children match the plates by number, state, color, etc.

Art: Tire Track Art

What You Need: paper, paint, vehicles, various other art supplies of your choice

What You Do
:  Provide your children with paper and paint. Let them drive their trucks in the paint and on the papers. This will make really neat
designs on the paper. Then let them make their own vehicle picture on the paper.

Science: Rolling Jars

Get several clear jars of the same size.  Put different small materials in each one (a marble, crayon, block, pencil, etc.).  Let the children roll them around discuss with them how the items affect the jars’ abilities to roll.

Science: Ramps

Make several ramps of different heights for your children to play with. Ask them which one makes the cars go faster. See if they can tell you why.  If not, then tell them why.




Red Light Green LightRed Light, Green Light by Anastasia Suen
illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

A young boy creates an imaginary world filled with zooming cars, flashing traffic lights, and racing fire engines.



Trucks: Giants of the HighwayTrucks: Giants of the Highway by Ken Robbins

Describes different kinds of tractor trailers, or big rigs, and the loads they haul



Duck on a BikeDuck 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.



I love planesI Love Planes! by Philemon Sturges
illustrated by Shari Halpern

A child celebrates his love of planes by naming his favorite kinds and their notable characteristics.



School BusSchool Bus by Donald Crews

Follows the progress of school buses as they take children to school and bring them home again



The Bus For UsThe Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom.

Eagerly awaiting the bus on her first day of school, Tess learns the names of different vehicles from her older friend, Gus.