Toddler Storytime – Going to the City! – November 18

Well we went to the City for toddler storytime today!  Miss Jennifer was on vacation so I (Miss Marie), got to take a trip with her storytime toddlers!  First we explored the sites with Maisy!

In Lucy Cousin’s colorful book, “Maisy Goes to the City”, we followed Maisy and her friends as they walked through busy streets, visited a toy store, went to the playground, rode the subway and ate pizza at an outdoor café!  Whew!  Our fantastic journey ended in the evening with a sky full of twinkling stars (we just had to end our story by singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star).

If you live in Los Angeles it is pretty difficult to get around the City without a car (not impossible, but not easy).  So, we read “My Car” by Bryon Barton.  In this story, we meet Sam who introduces us to his red car.  We learn about the different parts of the car (wheels, body, engine, etc.) and we see that it requires oil and gas to run properly.  We also see Sam driving to work; the irony is he gets out of his CAR and into his BUS!!  Sam is a bus driver!  A charming, colorful story that draws toddlers in with it’s simplicity and alluring illustrations.  It is hard not to get drawn into this book as Sam gives us a glimpse into his world.

Flannel Board Activities:

Traffic Light

Green says, “Go!”

Go! Go! Go! (march fast in place)

Yellow says, “Slow…”

Slow…slow…slow…(march slowly in place)

And Red says, :STOP!”

Stop! Stop! Stop! (freeze stop)

GO! GO! GO! (march fast)

Slow…slow…slow,,, (march slowly)

STOP!!! (stop)

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Lots of Cars

There are lots of cars driving down the street

(hands on steering wheel, turning back and forth)

Tell me what color car do you see

(place a felt car on the board as you name the color)

Big cars, little cars

(spread arms on “big”, bring hands close for “little”)

Beep, beep, beep

(hand taps nose 3 times)

Do this WITH FIVE CARS OF DIFFERENT COLORS THEN SING:

There are lots of cars driving down the street

(hands on steering wheel, turning back and forth)

Tell me how many cars that you see?

(count the cars – FIVE!)

Big cars, little cars

(spread arms on “big”, bring hands close for “little”)

Beep, beep, beep

(hand taps nose 3 times)  Credit:  Nancy Stewart

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Songs:  Welcome, welcome, Clap Your Hands (Storytime Remix), Row, Row, Row Your Boat  (#2 Songs for Wiggleworms), Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider, You are My Sunshine (#37 Songs for Wiggleworms), Goodbye (#38 Songs for Wiggleworms) & The Wheels on the Bus (#3 Songs for Wiggleworms).  [See CD below]

 

Movements:  Open, Shut Them, My Head, My Shoulders, My Knees, My Toes & Row, Row, Row Your Boat (accompanied by CD-see above)

 

DVD:  Wheels on the Bus

 

 

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