If you are looking for an engaging and hands-on extension activity to the classic song ‘1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Airplanes’, you are in luck! All little learners love this song with it’s repetitive verses.
This activity is great for developing your young learner’s fine-motor and visual discriminations skills. It also improves number skills by counting forwards and backwards from 1 – 10.
1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Airplanes
What you need:
- 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Helicopters printable. Cut out the colorful circles and laminate.
- Coloring pencils
- Colored paper cut in strips of 3 inches
How to use this resource:
Listen to the song on YouTube. When it is done, tell the children that we are going to replace the word ‘airplanes’ with ‘helicopters’. Now sing the song again, while demonstrating how to count backwards and forwards with your fingers.
Hand out the colorful pictures of the helicopters and ask the children to arrange themselves in a row in order from 1 – 10 using the pictures as a guide. Sing the song again and ask the children to put their picture above their heads when the song gets to their number. You can also ask them to jump, turn around, sit down, or clap their hands when they hear their number.
Hand out the activity sheets and ask the children to color the helicopters (the same color as the colorful pictures used previously). When they are done, they cut out the circles and paste these in order from 1 – 10 on the strips of colored paper.
Sing the song again and ask the children to point to the numbers.
For some more Transportation themed book extension activities, head over to the Book Activities Page, or click on the image below.