Our theme this week was transport and try as I might I could not find a song that covered several forms of transport. We have previously sung "les roues du bus" and I began to wonder if it was possible to alter the words to fit other modes of transport... It was and the song "Le petit train fait" was born!
So, the tune is the wheels on the bus and the first verse goes like this:
Le petit tran fait chou chou chou
chou chou chou
chou chou chou
Le petit train fait chou chou chou
pour aller à Bottesford.
Obviously I chose Bottesford as that is where our Toddler group takes place but you can replace it with the town you live in or "la maison" or "la plage", etc. as you wish.
I wanted the song to include a variety of modes of transport but didn't want it so long that the toddlers became bored of it so i decided just to add 3 more verses. I added "la petite voiture fait vroom, vroom, vroom" (car), "le petit avion fait neeyaam"(aeroplane) and "la petite fusée fait woooosh" (rocket). I also tried this with my primary school groups and they then added more verses themselves making up sounds for ambulances, lorries, motorbikes, tractors etc. Lots of fun!!
Our craft then needed to include a variety of transport in order to cover the vocabulary in the song and also the possibility of introducing some more at home during the week. I decided on a town scene with movable transport to make the craft more fun and interactive.
To make your own transport town scene, you will need:
a3 sheet of craft paper or thin card
black paper/foam/felt for the road
blue paper/foam/felt for the sea/lake/pond
green paper/foam/felt for grass/fields/bushes
paper to make the buildings
transport foam stickers - I got mine from yellow moon, they have updated them now though and they are even more colourful and bright and not expensive for the amount you get in the bag. Here is a link if you want it: http://www.yellowmoon.org.uk/product-Transport-Foam-Stickers-A067.htm
Alternatively, you could make your own transport using the paper, card, foam etc in your craft box.
craft lollipop sticks
felt pens, crayons, glitter glues, etc
First design your background scene. Then cut slits in the roads etc where your transport will go, allow them some room to move along the road/track but don't cut to near to the edges of the paper as this makes your picture very unstable and difficult to play with.
Stick your transport onto your lollipop sticks and pop them through the appropriate slits in the picture.
Voilà! A perfect interactive transport picture! :o)
Here are our wonderful creations to give you some inspiration for your own project:
Don't forget to check out the book review page for my transport themed recommendations!
Happy singing and crafting! :o)