For Circle Time, bring in small toy vehicles such as planes, trains, cars, tractors, a helicopter, a boat or ship, a horse, and so on. Put all the toys in a large paper bag. Use a puppet say to children, "Hi my name is Tommy (or Tammy) Traveler. I am going on a trip to China (vary destinations). How will I get there?" Invite a child to reach into the bag without looking and bring out a vehicle. Encourage discussion by asking Is this a good way to travel to China? Help children tell why it is or is not. Continue playing until everyone has had a chance to choose a vehicle, making sure to change the puppet's destinations.
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