Friday, 20 July 2012

Flannel Friday - Lots of Cars

A few months ago I had the opportunity of doing an outreach storytime with one of my library system's mobile libraries (we have four) and a parent-run Mother & Toddler group.

It took the form of a transport storytime in a rural village hall with around 30 children with ages ranging from birth to five years and their parents, grandparents or other carers. I timed the end of storytime with the arrival of the Mobile van. The children then got to meet the mobile driver, see around the van and choose some library books. Some non-members signed up for library cards too!

For a flannel activity I used clip art cars* in various sizes and colours, and a song I learnt from Nancy Stewart's website.  I heard about this song and site from The Library Lady who featured the song in a post back in March 2012.

There are lots of cars driving down the street

Tell me what colour car do you see?

Big cars, little cars

Beep, beep, beep!

I put up one coloured car up on the board at a time, and then had them all displayed and asked (sang) which was the smallest, and which was the largest.

At Nancy's site you can not only play the song, but also download the MP3, and pdf documents of the words. The website is a great resource for children's activity songs, with most available to download for free and used for any purpose that is not for profit.  

© Copyright Sarah Charlesworth and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

I cheated here and the picture shown above isn't one of our mobiles, I took interior photos on the day, but forgot to take one of the outside! Our mobile is of a similar size, but has a more modern rounded body shape. The kids loved the opportunity to see the vehicle and meet the driver - and I did too!

*The clip art originally came from Open Clip Art Library, but longer seems to be available there.

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  1. I am so jealous that you have mobile libraries! I want one sooooo bad!

    Thanks for sharing this week. :o) \ I'll bet your storytime friends ~ especially the boys! ~ loved your cars!

    I will have to take a look around the site that you mentioned. I am always looking for new songs!

    Take care!

  2. This was a real new experience for me. Although we have 4 mobiles they work out of our library sysyem's HQ, so our contact is usually screen only when we're placing or satisfying requests. This was the first time I 'd met one of the drivers and I really enjoyed the contact involved in planning and holding the event.


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