Listening to “Driving My Tractor” story by Jan Dobbins and sung by SteveSongs, the Seals and Dolphins drove a tractor. With a plate steering wheel in hand, our imagination followed the song as we drove down the road, which was mostly smooth with a few bumps. As we were driving, we picked up different farm animals, counting them as we went: 1 cow, 2 donkeys, 3 pigs, 4 lambs, and 5 chickens. After picking up all the animals, we hit a bump and all the animals fell out. And when we drove back to our chairs/home, all the animals came back.
Students enjoyed steering their tractors from their seats, turning and moving their steering wheel plate. They kept their eyes on me as I revealed pictures of our load of animals and were ready to name them. With each animal, they got excited and made the sounds of the animals. They especially enjoyed when our tractor hit a bump in the road and we fell out of our seats; I also turned over the pictures of the animals, making them “fall out” of our tractor. And then we when returned home, I flipped over the pictures to show that the animals were home too.
We put our imagination and pretend play skills to work during this activity. Students utilized the plate to placed themselves on a tractor, looking for our animals. They followed directions and moved with their bodies in driving smoothly and hitting bumps on the road. We also worked on animal recognition, counting skills, and animal sounds through our imaginative play. It’s a fun time driving on a tractor!