Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life







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Posted on Apr 28 2014 - 1:00am by Jill
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Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

I hope that you and your children have fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants. Last month we explored and created storybook activities around the topics of  Where in the World. This month’s new theme is sure to be fun for your children as they have storybook themed fun with Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. 

While the topic of planes, trains, and automobiles can be explored in so many different ways using so many different techniques and lesson, my children and I jumped back to a family staple: The Berenstain Bears.  In the Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race, brother races the family car against some very interesting racers through some touch obstacles.  Throughout the story, the moral being taught is that slow and steady wins the race and bad things start to happen to the other racers when they get greedy, lazy, or to selfish. 

With this story fresh in their minds, Beck and Elizabeth immediately got out their Fort Magic Fort Building & Construction Toy Kit for Kids by Fort Magic  and started making a few car frames to play with.  They had a blast.  They built this smaller cart so that they could pick it up and run a timed race around the house to see who could win, just like the Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race that they were reading. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Then it was time to have some more fun with their Fort Magic kit, so they made this fun family car to play with.  They found that it was perfect for carrying all the dogs around in too, but unfortunately the dogs ended up smashing the design so I was not able to get a finished photo, just this one from them putting it together. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

With more than enough free play with their Fort Magic Fort Building & Construction Toy Kit for Kids by Fort Magic it was time to move the storybook themed learning fun with planes, trains, and automobiles into the realm of school lessons with science and language arts. 

For a review of the Fort Magic Building & Construction Toy Kit for kids and my opinions on it, please see my review of this product found HERE. 

Science Experiment – Friction

To expand our planes, trains, and automobiles storybook themed fun into science I created this fun, hands-on science experiment that deals with friction. The purpose of the experiment is to create a wooden car and then determine how high a ramp will have to be lifted to overcome the friction between the wheels and the ramp to make the car race down the ramp. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life

The first step to do this is to create your car. To make your cars you will need to gather your supplies and tools. Here are the car materials that we collected. The children and my husband took a look to see what spare wood we had laying around.  They found some 2×2 and some slat board for their car bodies. With the children’s help, my husband cut the car bodies to different sizes.  Elizabeth chose to make her car 5 inches long, Beck made his 6 inches long, and my husband’s car is 7 inches long. They also found an old closet rod in our storage room, which my husband used to cut wheels out of. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life 

My husband likes to use a lot of tools, so here are the ones he used this time. Under my husband’s supervision, the children made sure to sand all the rough edges on the wheels and saw cut edges to make then smooth and safe. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life

Then it was time to paint them.  We used spray paint.  The children picked pink and blue for themselves and yellow for my husband’s car.  No matter what you use, be sure to make sure the paint dries completely before moving on. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life 

Then it was time to assemble the cars.  My husband started by choosing the proper size drill bit to allow the nails to go through the wheels to allow them to spin freely.  He then drilled a hole in as close to the center of the circular wheels as possible.  Then, the children helped my husband push one nail through each wheel and into the side of their cars, but not all the way.  They used the tape measure to make sure the wheels were all put on in as close a place to the same as possible to make sure it could roll easily.  I tried to get a picture of the cards in this stage, but Elizabeth was so excited her car was made and dry she raced it off to the decorating station immediately. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life

Once all the cars were completely decorated they looked like this. With the cars done it was now time to do the science experiment on friction. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life

We read over the basis of the experiment and then we set-up our ramp with our cars and tape measure. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life 

To get the most accurate measurement we could, Elizabeth placed her car on the ramp and slowly lifted one end up. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life

As the ramp was raised, Beck had a tape measure.  As soon as the car started to race down the ramp Beck knew the height needed to exceed friction for Elizabeth’s car, 8 inches. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life

Then it was time to do this for Becks car, 6 inches.  And lastly, dad’s car, 12 inches. 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life

And of course we had to race them all at once too! 

Bring The Big Road Race Storybook To Life

After we were all done with the mass races we discussed and tried our cars again on our ramp, but using the short side.  We discussed possibilities as to why our heights were different.  It was then that my husband, the engineer, also said that since he was helping to set up this experiment he purposely sanded one side of our ramp to make it super smooth.  Now that we had discussed friction and discovered daddy’s little trick, we flipped over the board and tested to see if all the cars moved quicker, which they indeed did. We all had a blast.  I then lost track of the number of different objects, cars, hot wheels, Lego creations, and even a puppy or two that the children tied to get measurements on how high they had to lift the ramp to get them to move.  The science they learned in this lesson seemed to be applied endlessly that day. 

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Science Fun

Would you like to include this hands-on science experiment covering the topic of friction in your educational lessons? 

Click the link below to download a copy of the Poppins Book Nook Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Science Experiment – Friction for FREE

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Science Fun

Language Arts Fun

Now that we had some science fun, it was time to incorporate planes, trains, and automobiles into our homeschooling lessons with writing, spelling, language arts, and art though drawing.  I created two different Poppins Book Nook themed activity packs.  The two packs are my Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Color Fun Pack and my Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Spelling Fun Pack.  As a bonus for Poppins Book Nook readers I am offering both of these packs for FREE

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Color Fun Pack

Would you like to include my planes, trains, and automobiles themed color fun pack in your educational lessons? 

Click the link below to download a copy of the Poppins Book Nook Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Color Fun Pack for FREE

*By downloading this material you are agreeing to all my terms of use and disclosures that can be found HERE and HERE. You are not permitted to link directly to the PDF document itself. If you would like to share this free document with a friend please send them to this blog post to download their free copy. Thank you!  

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Color Fun Pack 

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Spelling Fun Pack

Would you like to include my planes, trains, and automobiles themed spelling fun pack in your educational lessons? 

Click the link below to download a copy of the Poppins Book Nook Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Spelling Fun Pack for FREE

*By downloading this material you are agreeing to all my terms of use and disclosures that can be found HERE and HERE. You are not permitted to link directly to the PDF document itself. If you would like to share this free document with a friend please send them to this blog post to download their free copy. Thank you!  

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Spelling Fun Pack

Poppins Book Nook Introduction Lapbook - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom 

Don’t forget to download the FREE Poppins Book Nook bookmarks and monthly printables! Click on the links to download the Lapbook Introduction Pack, Lapbook March 2014 Pack and Lapbook April 2014 Pack if you missed them. 

Thank you for taking the time to read about our storybook fun with the storybook the Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race by Jan and Stan Berenstain.  Here are some other Planes, Trains, and Automobiles themed story books that your child may enjoy: 

 

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Please make sure to visit all of the bloggers participating in the April Poppins Book Nook: 

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our WorldEvery Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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Poppins Book Nook Fort Magic Giveaway

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a Fort Magic Kit!  With Fort Magic you can bring all of the planes, trains, automobiles, and anything else your child can think of from your storybooks to life to interact with, play with, and make reading fun. The possibilities are only limited by your child’s imagination. Jump into a world of books today with Fort Magic! You can read a review of Fort Magic HERE

The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook, in partnership with the Fort Magic. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

 
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Will you be using the lapbook, bookmarks, or creating storybook activities with your children or students to follow along with the monthly themes here at Poppins Book Nook? Make sure to send me pictures of your children in action and I will share them the Poppins Book Nook readers on the official Facebook page. Follow Poppins Book Nook on Facebook and Pinterest.   

Mary Poppins inspired clip art by the talented: Melonheadz. All other clip art by:  Apple and Acorns ~ Dancing Crayon Designs 


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  • lcourtneymom4

    I love the race tracks, Jill. My kids got to do this with our Pioneer clubs at church and enjoyed it.

  • Great activity! My son would like to make his own derby car, too!

  • JLHAMILTON

    Such fun ideas!

  • joyfocusedlearning

    What fun! I think my whole family would enjoy this experiment and the Fort Magic looks like so much fun!

  • zekesmom10

    We are all about trains here!

  • Katy

    My girls would love all the ways Fort Magic can be set up but I think they would love the pirate ship the most.

  • Elena G

    I learned that the Fort Magic fabric covers will be available soon.

  • Michelle B

    Amazing!! The Fort Magic website is full of cool ideas! Would love to make some fun covers to go along with their spaceship idea.
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂 mbrigham7 at yahoo dot com

  • Nicole Vosburgh

    I learned that Fort Magic Fabric Covers are coming soon!

  • jessica

    I learned that the possibilities are endless! I am amazed at the number of building ideas shown on their site.

  • Looks like fun was had at your house! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  • Love it Jill!! Might have to check out the Fort Magic Kit for Conner!

  • pisforpreschooler

    I absolutely love those race cars! Great idea!

  • Lynn

    I like how the whole concept of this building kit caters to the creative imagination of my kids!

  • I love that Fort Magic offers a money back guarantee – way to stand behind their product!

  • I learned that they'll soon have covers so you don't have to use your own fabric.

  • Nahojib

    I love that the pieces are different shapes and sizes. What a wonderful opportunity for creavity!

  • Fibia

    I like the money back guarantee and how easy it is for the kids to use their imagination.

  • Sandra

    I like that you can look up designs on their site

  • alena svetelska

    I absolutely love those race cars! my boys would love it!

  • Kim Kihega

    I love all their fort designs, especially the castle!

  • cmjenniferm

    The race cars turned out cute. I like the one your kids made with the fort kit, too.

  • RavenThreads

    Thanks for the printables! My children are really going to enjoy them 🙂