School Bus ABC Game

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Donald Crews. Earlier this month I shared some of his books and activities to go along with them.  I don’t know about you, but my little ones LOVE to see school buses when we are out and about. They get so excited! That enthusiasm  inspired me to put together this simple alphabet game.

School Bus ABC Game

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We read School Bus a few times and talked about the job a school bus and its driver have to get kids to and from school safely. Then I introduced our toy school bus and its special passengers.

We used the Sonny School Bus from Mega Bloks, but any similar toy would work. You could also create your own school bus like this milk carton craft from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.  Just add an opening to the top or side for the kids to add their passengers.

For passengers we used a variety of lids. I wrote lowercase letters on ours to help the preschoolers review them, but you could add anything to the lids…numbers, uppercase letters, sight words, shapes, etc.

ABC order activity with bottle caps

As soon as we opened the bus Lovey noticed that there were letters on the lids, and she instinctively started putting them in alphabetical order.

Once she was done I introduced the alphabet game. Each of the kids got a job, bus driver or parent. All the parents took their kids (the ABC lids) to find a bus stop around the room.  We basically set them up in a circle around the perimeter of the room.

Alphabet Activity for Toddlers

Once the parents got all of the kids ready at the bus stops the  bus driver drove the bus around to pick up the kids. As he or she got to the bus stop, we all named the letter on the lid before the bus driver put the kid in the bus.  Older kids can also say the letter sound and/or a word that begins with the letter.

Preschool Alphabet Activity

I thought the kids would like this game, but I had no idea just how excited they would get about being the bus driver! They played again and again.

ABC Game

All the while they were taking turns, practicing the ABCs, and working together to make sure none of the kids were forgotten by the school  bus each time.

Back to School Activity

Lovey was a little disappointed that the kids didn’t have a school to go to after the bus picked them up. She decided to build them one, and so began another fun way of extending this great book by Donald Crews.

Use Alphabet Mats to Learn the ABCs

ABC letter mats can be a versatile tool to use in early childhood learning. They can be laminated and used over and over again for letter formation and writing activities. They can also be used to create alphabet books, posters and more. Letter crafts and process art activities related to a letter you are learning can be a fun way for kids to make connections between a letter and something that starts with that beginning sound. In our Alphabet Letter Mats set you’ll find two full sets of alphabet mats to use and tons of ideas for using them. There are over 140 ideas for using the alphabet mats in meaningful ways to reinforce letter recognition and  learning letter sounds.

This 181-page resource pack contains the following:

1) Suggestions for Using the Letter Mats-These ideas include ways to use the mats for small group and center activities and can be done for any letter of the alphabet.
2) Process Art Ideas for Each Letter of the Alphabet-60 ideas!
3) Collage and Texture Art Ideas for Each Letter of the Alphabet-54 ideas!
4) Complete sets of alphabet mats in two different font options.

Get the Alphabet Letter Mats Set

Now that we’ve shared our activity with you, we’re excited to see what you came up with! Please link up your Donald Crews inspired posts to the blog hop linky below. 

There are a few rules for this blog hop that we ask you to follow, so make sure to read them:
  1. Link up only posts inspired by Donald Crews’  books that share book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!
  3. Add our Virtual Book Club button to your post if you’d like.

Virtual Book Club for Kids

Stop by and check out some of the other blogs that participate in The Virtual Book Club for Kids.

Toddler Approved – Rainy Day Mum – Adventures in Reading with Kids – 3 Dinosaurs – Royal Baloo – The Educators’ Spin On It – Inspiration Laboratories – Pleasantest Thing – Edventures with Kids – Two Big Two Little – Playing With Words 365 – Kitchen Counter Chronicles – Outlaw Mom – Mommy and Me Book Club – Crafty Moms Share – No Twiddle Twaddle – The Good Long Road – Ready. Set. Read 2 Me – Reading Confetti – Mama Smiles – Juggling with Kids– Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas – Creekside Learning – Creative Family Fun – The Usual Mayhem – Teach Preschool – PlayDrMom – CraftoArt – Here Come the Girls – Being a Conscious Parent – Smiling like Sunshine – Crayon Freckles – Train Up a Child – Smile Play Learn – Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – Coffee Cups and Crayons – Having Fun at Chelle’s House– Love, Play, Learn – Juggling With Kids – Motherhood on a Dime – Growing Book By Book – This Reading Mama

If you are looking for more book-related activities to try now, check out the Virtual Book Club for Kids Pinterest Board.

Looking Ahead to Future Virtual Book Club Authors

We’re excited to announce the author list for the upcoming year. Mark your calendars so you can join in and read along with us!

Virtual Book Club Author List for 2013-2014


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  1. What a FUN idea! You always come up with such great stuff! I pinned it =)
    Thanks for linking up to TGIF. Hope to see you linked up again later today,
    Beth =)

  2. What a great idea, Shaunna! 🙂 Love it!

  3. Hey, I wanted to let you know I featured this idea on mom’s library at ready-set-read today!

  4. What a great idea! Using things you have around the house and turning them into a learning game, that’s what it’s all about! (insert Hokey Pokey song here). Thank you for linking up to Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you next week on Crystal’s Tiny Treasures. Have a great weekend!

  5. Cool! We have this bus! My son is a little bummed because I haven’t let him ride the school bus yet. Maybe ABC school bus will satisfy my Kindergartner?? 😉

    • Maybe! It should be fun either way. When I was a kindergarten teacher, for the non-bus riders the highlight of every field trip was getting to ride the school bus! So hopefully there is a field trip in your son’s future. 🙂

  6. Just made a bunch of milk lids with letters…Can’t wait to try this with my little guy!
    Pinned it!

    • Awesome! I hope he has fun, and when you’re done save those milk lids. You can use them for a ton of different activities!

  7. Ohh what a great activity – love the little bus as well.

  8. This is so fun! I want a truck like that. We have loads of lids and I am always trying to find a new way to use them. Pinning this! So glad you are part of Virtual Book Club!

  9. My son loves spotting school buses, too! I’m sure he would enjoy being the bus driver!

  10. We love this book and will be doing this activity today! What a great and easy idea!

  11. Cute! My son would love this! Pinning!

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