In honor of Women’s History Month, each Preschool Fun blog post this month will tie in with a famous woman! Today we’ll learn about Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart. These activities are based on Every Child Ready to Read, which helps our friends learn pre-reading skills. We’ll cover Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing and Playing.
- Have you been on an airplane?
- Would you like to go on an airplane?
- Can you sound like an airplane?
Read any book you have that mentions airplanes or aviation! I recommend A Plane Goes Ka-Zoom!, Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine, and I Am Unstoppable: A Little Book About Amelia Earhart. We’ll also make an airplane book at the end.
Let’s sing I’m a Little Airplane to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot.
I’m a little airplane in the sky
You can find me way up high
When I get all revved up then watch out!
I just love to fly about!
Feel free to act it out as you sing along!
Instead of playing Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around, how about Airplane, Airplane Turn Around?
Airplane, airplane turn around
Airplane, airplane, touch the ground,
Airplane, airplane, fly up high,
Airplane, airplane, touch the sky,
Airplane, airplane, fly down low,
Airplane, airplane, off you go,
Airplane, airplane, time to roam,
Airplane, airplane now go home.
After, play airplane says and have your child fly up and down, or side to side!
Last, dance along to the In An Airplane song by Storybots!
Learn about airplanes on our online encyclopedia!
Then, learn about two important female aviators!
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo, nonstop, across the Atlantic Ocean! Only one person had previously accomplished that journey.
Bessie Coleman was the first African American and Native American woman to earn a pilot’s license! Also, she lived in Orlando for a portion of her life.
Make your own airplane book:
- Staple papers together and have each page represent a different direction.
- Write (or have your child write) where the plane goes (Plane goes up, plane goes down, plane goes left, plane goes right…)
- Illustrate! Draw or cut out pictures for each page.