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Route 66 Day - Woody Guthrie

Today we’re jumping in the car and taking a road trip down Route 66! Pack your bags and get your snacks, it’s time to explore. Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Woody Guthrie. His hometown is Okemah, Oklahoma. Guthrie grew up in Oklahoma and formed his first band in 1931 before travelling to Texas, California, and then New York. Guthrie was also an author and became very well known for his use of American folk to comment on current social situations. Guthrie has been honored with many awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. You can learn more by reading Woody Guthrie’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Woody Guthrie traveled the country singing and getting to know the people of our country. He lived through a time in history called the Dust Bowl and this motivated quite a bit of his work.

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Movie Time! We love cars, all kinds of them! Classics, hotrods, trucks, you name it. You can rent and stream Cars now and see all kinds of fun cars! You can also watch this fun clip all about Lightning McQueen!

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Storytime! Woody Guthrie wrote a song called Riding in My Car and we are lucky enough that someone made it into a book! This fun read along is great too. You can also read these awesome Route 66 facts!

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Arts & Crafts! These fun car themed crafts will keep everyone entertained! You can also make your own car out of a paper plate!

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Make & Eat it! Roadtrips call for snacks! Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has so many different ways to make popcorn. Do you like salty or sweet??

Listen to it! Woody Guthrie sang so many great songs and we bet you know some of them! Check out This Land Is Your Land and Riding in My Car. And we couldn’t have Route 66 Day without Life is a Highway! This fun Spotify playlist has so many fun sing along songs for the whole family!

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home learning about Route 66! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Route 66 Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

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