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Our activities for today are based on the book ‘The Naughty Bus’ by Jan and Jerry Oke.  This is such a fantastic book that uses real photographs and tells the story of a boy who receives a toy bus as a present and has great fun exploring the world with his new toy which turns out to be quite a naughty bus!


Please share the story with your child (there is a video version and also a pdf version) and whilst looking at the story, talk about what is happening in some of the scenes, for example…

How do the people at the bus stop feel when the bus doesn’t stop?

What will happen when the dinosaur sees the bus?


Talk about the adventures that the boy and the bus have in the story.


After you have watched the story have a go at the activities below and remember to have fun!

Please note the link below is to You Tube and Marston Green Infant Academy cannot be held responsible for any unwanted advertisements that may appear.

Naughty Bus

Naughty Bus was developed as a school resource to inspire children in all aspects of the curriculum, especially literacy, geography and in their own short vi...

Story play
Encourage your child to recreate some of the scenes from the story using their own toys e.g the tall buildings and traffic in London, the bus queue or in the garden, even the baked bean scene if you are feeling brave!  Your child can retell parts of the story in their own words as they recreate these scenes.


Make your own naughty bus adventure
Take a toy bus or another small toy vehicle off for adventures indoors and in the garden if you have one. 


Create a story with photos or a video
Take close up photos together of the bus in different places, inside and out. 

If possible print them and make a book of your naughty bus photos together.  Ask your child to tell you about each photo and scribe their words as captions to go with the pictures. 


Encourage your child to use the words ‘first’, ‘next’, ‘after’ and ‘finally’ during their journey. Alternatively, you could look at digital photos together as a slide show or make a photo story with them.  Or maybe you could record a video of the story? 


We would love to see what you do, remember to share with us on Seesaw!