Station 1: How We Get Around Town

Look around you! Look at all the ways you can go where you want to go. There is a sidewalk under your feet – walking makes you a PEDESTRIAN. The sidewalks are great places for younger children to bicycle, too! Riding on your bicycle makes you a CYCLIST. The school parking lot and the road are great places for cars. When you are going places in a car you are a RIDER. Where else can you be a RIDER? Have you ever been a RIDER on a bus? On a train? On a subway? On a horse?!

The transit station here takes you around Thurston County on an Intercity Transit bus. If you’ve never ridden the bus, you might be a little nervous figuring out how to get where you’re going. Don’t worry – it’s not rocket science. To get started, visit Intercity Transit’s website to learn more and find tools to help you plan your route.

Can you sing all these different songs about transportation?

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream

Merrily merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain

She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes (yee-haw)

She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes (yee-haw)

She’ll be coming ’round the mountain

She’ll be coming ’round the mountain

She’ll be coming ’round the mountain when she comes (yee-haw)

She’ll be ridin’ six white horses when she comes (whoa back)

She’ll be ridin’ six white horses when she comes (whoa back)

She’ll be ridin’ six white horses

She’ll be ridin’ six white horses

She’ll be ridin’ six white horses when she comes

(Whoa back)

(Yee-haw)

And we’ll all go out to greet her when she comes (yo, what’s up?)

Yeah, we’ll all go out to greet her when she comes (yo, what’s up?)

Oh, we’ll all go out to greet her

Yeah, we’ll all go out to greet her

We’ll all go out to greet her when she comes

(Yo, what’s up?)

(Whoa back)

(Yee-haw)

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round

Round and round

Round and round

The wheels on the bus go round and round

All through the town

The doors on the bus go open and shut

Open and shut

Open and shut

The doors on the bus go open and shut

All through the town

Down by the Station

Down by the station

Early in the morning

See the little puffer bellies

All in a row

See the station master

Turn the little handle

Chug, chug, puff, puff.

Off they go.

Down by the station

Early in the morning

See the shiny train cars

All in a row

DANCE PARTY!

While you are waiting for the bus, get those wiggles out and join T-Rex and an Intercity Transit bus driver for a dance party! https://youtu.be/q_G3WVu6zKM

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP!

Go on a virtual Rolling Classroom field trip by watching these fun and educational videos. Meet a bus driver, tour Intercity Transit’s maintenance facility, and sing along to an original song and video about riding the Intercity Transit bus written and performed by a Timberland Regional Library staff member! Videos

ART PROJECT!

Color your own Intercity Transit bus! Coloring page

LEARN HOW TO RIDE THE BUS!

Learn how to ride the bus with this fun activity page. Steps to riding the bus

And here’s some T-Rex Tips for Riding the Bus- staring T-Rex! https://youtu.be/HNAyXRAu4js

For older children, riding the Intercity Transit bus gives you independence. Once you know how to ride the bus, there’s no more waiting for your parents to give you a ride. Bus travel is one of the safest ways to get around our community, and it’s free! Take the bus to the library, to after school activities, to work, to sports practice, or even to school.

Here’s a link to a map of youth friendly destinations you can get to by the Intercity Transit bus! Map

BOOKS TO READ TOGETHER

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them .This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations. #1 New York Times Bestseller, Winner of the Newbery Medal, A Caldecott Honor Book, A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.

If You Give a Girl a Bike by Hayley Diep

This book features fearless girls mountain biking, skateboarding, rock climbing, and surfing. There are fun stickers to go alongside it. 10% of proceeds are donated to select nonprofits to get more girls outside.