Due to the rave reviews of my colleagues, I decided to follow the massive librarian/parent following behind Drive-In Movies at the library–for the littlest hands. You can find other examples bathing the internet in a sort of brownish, boxy glow here, here, here, here, and here, and probably here.
Sweet corrugated biscuits, let’s get down to my interpretation of the program. First off, choosing the right size box was apparently really difficult for my brain sponge, but I settled on 24x12x12. And they worked swimmingly.
Before the program, I filled each box with the following supplies:
- 2 silver cupcake holders (headlights)
- 4 small paper plates (wheels)
- 1 large paper plate (steering wheel)
- Several crayons
The children and caregivers came in and we started decorating right away. I walked from child to child handing out foam letters for their names. I had a volunteer hand out double sided tape for the plates. The tape had a really hard time sticking to the boxes so I would suggest glue sticks or some other form of adhesive.
The children loved coloring (I also had dot markers for the preschool kids) and the younger ones liked the texture of the headlights. The 1-year-olds got a little fussy after awhile but they did enjoy sitting in a box. This program was probably best suited for 2-5 year olds.
The Scholastic DVD of The Wheels on the Bus by Paul O. Zelinsky was a huge hit. And guess where the bus drops everyone off in the end? THE LIBRARY!!!