Those big yellow buses are about to make their way to houses all around the neighborhood! That means it's time for us to start talking about bus safety with our kiddos! With every theme, I challenge myself to tie in educational activities across the curriculum! Today, I'm sharing just how I tied in bus safety with some shape activities during our math lessons!
Teaching School Bus Rules
To get started, we move chairs to our carpet area, creating an aisle down the middle. We pretend to enter and exit the bus. I am the driver, and I pretend to open the door, waving students in. We discuss the main rules for the bus:
1) Walk in the aisles.
2) Sit in your seat.
3) Keep your body out of the aisles.
4) Be quiet at railroad crossings
I like to review bus safety rules in the classroom, too. It is important for kids to know there's communication and expectations from their drivers and teachers. This sets the stage for the year, especially if there's communication of areas of bus safety that need improvement.
For some fine motor practice, students color, cut, and glue these little bus projects! I have NO Prep craft packs for every theme. Just print and GO! Each craft is on one page, and there are little examples of each craft in the corner. I love the simplicity of getting this activity together!
Back to School Craft Activities NO PREP Center: Supplies, Bus Safety, Rules
As you implement back to school lessons and teach students about caring for school supplies, school rules, and bus safety, students practice fine motor and visual-spatial skills with craft activities! This printable pack includes crafts for all items pictured on the cover and is perfect for morning work, center time, indoor recess, writing prompts, or fast finisher work! Preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students enjoy both coloring and painting our crafts, which feature thick lines. An example of each craft is provided in the corner of each sheet to simplify directions; the pack includes a variety of cutting skills to meet student needs. Pieces for each craft are included on one page for efficiency in printing and paper saving!
Page 1: Cover
Pages 2, 3:
Page 4: school
Page 5: bus
Page 6: backpack
Page 7: glue stick
Page 8: glue bottle
Page 9: scissors
Page 10: crayon
Page 11: crayon box
Page 12: notebook paper
Page 13: pencil
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Math With Dotter Paints and Dice
What do you call these paints? Bingo dotters? Dauber paints? I’ve always called them dotter paints. 🤪
Anyway, the kids are super stoked whenever these little babies make an appearance! 💃🏻 Of course, you can simply dot them. It’s a great fine motor practice.
But! We love to add simple activities in with our dotting process! 🎨 Here are a few ideas:
-Roll a die and paint that many dots until it’s filled.
-With a partner, take turns rolling a die and painting one sheet with two paints. The last one to dot is the winner. You must roll the exact number of dots left to win.
-With a parter, choose to paint 1 or 2. The last one to dot loses the game.
-Write numbers on the dots, 1-6. Roll a die. Paint the dot until you’ve dotted them all.
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Kindergarten shape Worksheets
So here are some examples of how I tie our theme into math. Our goal of the week is shape recognition.
When it's time for our math activity lesson, we incorporate our bus theme by teaching shapes and creating some arts and crafts. At the beginning of the year, most students are comfortable tracing shapes with the first sheet shown below. We use markers to trace a parallelogram, rectangle, square, triangle, and rhombus.
I copy the drawing sheet on the back. Once students have had a chance to practice on the front of the sheet, they try their best to draw shapes on their own on the back. This gives me a baseline for a shape drawing assessment in August, too.
Once we have had some practice drawing shapes, I introduce the bus craft and review the 2D shapes again. Students use their fine motor skills to create cute little buses! Upon completion, students glue their buses to the tops of the shape worksheets, displaying the side of the worksheet of their choice. Below shows you how simple this craft pack is to prep. You could always print on white for students to color as well. This makes a fun back to school bulletin board display in the hallway!
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Students are also provided with opportunities to sort shapes during math centers. This provides more fine motor fun, along with digging in to analyze the sides and corners on shapes. I love using these Target paint trays for sorting!
Craft Packs for Every Theme
This is just one small example of how I tie curriculum into our theme. We have craft packs for EVERY theme, including shapes, name practice, number order, addition and MORE! I love the MaGiC that hands-on activities bring to our classroom, and I hope you do, too! Explore our back to school theme below! You can also search our shop by skill, such as shapes!
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