Bibliographic Info: Babypants, Caspar Butterfly Driving a Truck, from Sing Along! BabyPantsMusic (2011) Format: CD, MP3, Children’s Music Video Platform: YouTube Channel: Caspar Babypants on YouTube Interest Level: babies, toddlers and preK Genre: Sing-along Themes: Coloring, Transportation, Uniqueness
Butterfly Driving a Truck was given StorytimeWOW’s Marquee Seal on March 22nd, 2015 and has been selected for the MusicVideoWOW collection. Read the Storytime section below for details on why it was selected.
Summary: In Butterfly Driving a Truck from his CD entitled “Sing Along!”, Caspar Babypants delivers an upbeat chorus with verses that list quirky terms about truckdriving, such as “cup of joe”, “greasy spoon” and “CB radio.”
Review: Do butterflies and trucks go together? These do! By putting this reverse stereotype in a children’s song, Butterfly Driving a Truck has the potential to foster open minds and break stereotypes. By fostering open-mindedness, children learn to embrace differences and diversity. The tune is also extremely catchy!
Storytime: Use your felt board along with the music video to create a fun and engaging storytime sing-along. Begin by reviewing the short chorus (see below), and asking kids to echo it. Prior to storytime, construct the pieces listed below (these are the verses to the song). In storytime, show each piece to your group, pronounce its name and place it on your felt board. Ask children to repeat each phrase. When you’ve finished putting all the pieces on the board, continue practicing with groups by pointing to each piece repeatedly. Then, play the song and clap along to the chorus. This sing-along musical video makes a simple, yet delightful storytime element.
Here is the chorus and verses:
Butterfly Driving a Truck meets the StorytimeWOW Standards for Music Videos. This video:
- is a loveable lullaby with universal appeal
- has that “WOW” factor (it’s enjoyable for groups of children)
- is well-suited for repetition (once you teach it to groups, this video may be regularly utilized as a storytime element with a brief review)
- provides viewers with an educational takeaway (it’s an educational counting game)
- is free of squirmy moments (this sing-along is highly engaging)
- hits the storytime target audience’s interest level (young children)
- includes participation or lends itself to group interaction (the video’s concept is based on participation)
Bibliotherapeutic Usefulness: Use this song as inspiration to create a coloring activity. Ask kids to draw and color something they like to do (just as the butterfly likes driving a truck). Encourage their interests.
1. This video provides young children with the opportunity to practice the following Pre-Reading Skills (see full list of pre-reading skills here):
- Knowing the names of things (vocabulary)
- Being able to hear and play with smaller sounds in words (phonological awareness)
- Being able to describe things and events (narrative skills)
2. This video provides opportunities for caregivers to utilize the early literacy-building Parent Practices (see full list of parent practices here):
- Singing helps children learn new words and vocalize.
- Playing is one of the primary ways young children learn about how the world works and learn language.
3. This video supports the following Kindergarten Readiness Skills (see full list here):
- Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
- Look at pictures and then tell stories
4. This video follows Common Core Guidelines (see full list here):
- Integrate more new media materials and technology. Cultivate media literacy by modeling media literacy behaviors.
- Create a more participatory culture in group programs and classroom settings. Use materials that invite participation and keep learners engaged.
Why I Chose to Review this Video: This is an infectious tune that pictures a refreshing image for kids. It made me smile and I want to share it.
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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!