This month’s theme for the Poppins Book Nook is Travel and Transportation. Next week the girls and I will be flying alone to visit family. It will be the first airplane ride that either of them will be old enough to remember, so we’ve been reading a bit about airplanes and some of the things we might see and hear in the airport and on the plane.
Below are some of the books we’ve enjoyed reading and a couple activities we’ve done to help us get ready for our trip.
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Books About Airplanes
The Noisy Airplane Ride introduces kids to some of the sounds they might hear on an airplane ride. It’s also great for discussing rhyme and onomatopoeia
A Plane Goes Ka-Zoom! tells kids about different kinds of planes and the ways they are used.
Airplanes: Soaring! Diving! Turning! is another books that teaches kids about different kinds of planes and the jobs they do. It’s also great for discussing action words and word choice.
In Miss Mouse Takes Off Miss Mouse, a doll, tells about her adventure going on a plane ride with her best friend.
Lisa’s Airplane Trip is about Lisa’s trip to the United States flying all alone.
Airplane Flight!: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure was perfect for my toddler. She loved the rhyming text and enjoyed lifting the flaps again and again.
Lettice, the Flying Rabbit is about Lettice, a rabbit who wants to fly. The story of how she does is very cute and a bit of a surprise for little ones.
Air Show! is about two young kids who travel to an air show in their Dad’s plane. The get to see many different kinds of planes and take a special ride on one of them.
Going on a Plane is a simple story that follows a family through the airport and on a plane ride. It’s a simple text that is great for a child’s first plane ride.
Airport is another book that’s helpful for first-time plane riders. It explores all of the things a child might see and do upon arriving to the airport and preparing for flight.
Make and fly paper airplanes-We used Super Simple Paper Airplanes and the Kids’ Paper Airplane Book to test out quite a few different paper airplanes. Lovey had a ball flying them in our backyard and down our stairs. I’ve never really made different versions of paper airplanes, so I had a lot of fun testing them them out, too!
Watch real airplanes take off and land-We used to live very close to a small airport, and we loved finding a safe place to watch from a distance while we had a picnic lunch.
Watch videos of airplanes-There are tons of great YouTube videos for kids to watch. I Love Airplanes is a cute video specifically made for kids. A quick search of airplane take offs, airplane landings, or airplane stunts, should also give you a great selection to choose from. Just remember to pre-screen anything before sharing with your kids, just in case.
Airplane Pretend Play-Since we’ve started reading more about airplanes, I’ve noticed quite a bit of airplane pretend play. One day the girls set up our dining room chairs to make their own airplane for pretend play. Another day I found all of the members of the dollhouse family set up in a small box on an “airplane” ride. You can help set up a similar invitation to play, too.
What other airplane activities do your kids enjoy?
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