Get on the Bus Game
Materials: You will need markers, two pieces of very large drawing paper, cardboard, Popsicle sticks, red and white construction paper, large-sized alphabet stencils, a stapler, and glue.
Instructions: Cut out a octagon shape on the cardboard. Use the stapler to cover the cardboard with red construction paper. Use the white construction paper to stencil the letters s, t, o, and p, and then paste them to the middle of the sign. Glue white one half inch white strips around the sign. Glue three or four Popsicle sticks side by side on the back of the sign. Use two yellow strips of the large drawing paper to create a crossing guard’s uniform or the part worn over their chest. Use the large white sheet of paper to draw the bottom half of a bus. Cover one side of several chairs for your students, and put one chair in the front for the bus driver. Use the large white sheet of paper to create a crosswalk for your students. You should have a wonderful stop sign, crosswalk, and bus to help your children learn to cross the street to wait for the bus. The game is setup so that they know how to sit on the bus after crossing the street.
Game: Allow each child to cross the street using the crosswalk, and make sure the children heed the instructions of the crossing guard. Allow each child the chance to cross the street correctly and sit on the bus. Ensure that each child listens fully to the bus driver's and the crossing guard's commands. Once the preschoolers are on the bus, have the children get on and off the bus in a single file line using all of the bus rules. After all the children have gone through the drill, sit them down to discuss their thoughts on getting on and off the bus.
Overall, this game should help the students to closely experience what it is like to cross the street and get on and off the bus properly. This game and the books are an awesomely fun way to teach your preschool students a skill they will need throughout their pre-secondary school years and perhaps even beyond.