BookSpring recommends families help young children to imagine the world of air travel. Planes fly overhead all the time. What would it be like to be on them? What would you see outside if you were inside? Where would you want to go? Why would you be going?
Where are the places that you’d like to go to? What cities, states, or countries? Books are a great way to learn about different places in the United States and around the world.
This week is a time to read and dream about flying somewhere far away. Watch videos, download books to read together, and explore things to do with BookSpring.
Read Together at Home
- Do you think Bani was dreaming?
- What shapes were Bani’s friends?
How Do Aeroplanes Fly?:
- Would you like to have a teacher like Sarla’s teacher? Why or why not?
- Have you ever ridden in an airplane? What was your experience like? If you haven’t, what do you think it would be like?
Tara’s Treetop Adventure:
- Do you think Tara was making up her story?
- What animal friends did Tara make when she was in the tree? What noises did they make?
Let’s Fly a Plane:
- Would you like to be a pilot and fly an airplane?
- If you were a pilot, where would you fly to?
- ¿Te gustaría tener un profesor como el maestro de Sarla? ¿Por qué o por qué no?
- ¿Alguna vez has montado en un avión? ¿Cómo fue tu experiencia? Si no tienes ,¿cómo crees que sería?
- ¿Adónde voló Chandu?
- ¿Qué animales conoció Chandu mientras volaba en su sueño?
- ¿Qué más vio mientras volaba?
Things to Do Together
Learn more with our partner Austin PBS: Watch the Airplane Catapult video
It’s so easy to pretend you’re on an airplane with your child! Here’s what to do:
- Set up some chairs in a row. Make some paper boarding passes.
- Act like a flight attendant or pilot, and welcome them on the plane and take their passes.
- Have them sit down and fasten their imaginary seat belts.
- Speak loudly as if you were on an intercom, and tell them you’re taking off.
- Move your body backward as you’re taking off. Turn left and right!
- Then, start describing what they see out the window. Are you going over to a city? A mountain? The desert? The ocean? Take your kids where they want to go!
- When you land, wish them a happy vacation and hope they’ll fly again with you.
Afterward, talk about what you liked about the game and where you might want to go next!
Ways to Move Together
Fold your own paper airplanes, and which one can fly the farthest? The fastest? The shortest distance?
At the end of the week, reflect on what you read and what you did.
- Do you know more about someplace far away from you?
- Did you see any planes and wonder where they were going?
- What other kinds of transportation would you like to try? Trains? Boats?
Share with BookSpring!
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Additional Extension Activities:
If you have craft sticks, wooden pegs, and some glue, you can create airplanes:
They can also be made with a cardboard roll and popsicle sticks:
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