Cars & Trucks ~ Toddler Storytime

For our sixth  storytime of the winter session we read stories about cars and trucks!

FUN FACT: 

Did you know that one of the five pre-literacy skills that help foster reading success in the elementary school years is book handling?  Book handling skills include knowing how to hold a book correctly and understanding that reading moves from left to right.  By bringing your toddler to storytime and by reading with your child at home, you are teaching this important skill through example.  Such a simple yet effective way to support school success.

What follows are the books, rhymes, songs, and flannel boards we shared.


BOOKS WE SHARED

Toot Toot Beep Beep! by Emma Garcia is a great book about cars in traffic as they go “up and down, in and out and round and round all day long”.  The cars in this book are diverse, bold and bright and each makes a unique noise – honk, beep, toot, vroom and beep to name a few!  There is also a surprise ending – the cars disappear for the night!  But, where do they go?  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Red Light, Green Light by Anastasia Suen shows a boy playing with his toy cars, trucks and trains.  It feels like the real thing as we turn the pages and see vehicles moving to and fro and in and out of tunnels; there are red lights flashing and rail cars and traffic signals everywhere!  The little boy’s make believe world of toy cars and trucks truly comes alive in this book!  At the very end we see him with a stoplight and he reminds us that Red means STOP and Green means GO!  A very good lesson to learn for a toddler!


Flannel Boards We Shared

Lots of Cars

There are lots of cars driving down the street (pretend to have a steering wheel)
Tell me what color do you see? (place color car on felt board)
Big cars, little cars (spread arms big and little)
Beep! Beep! Beep! (pinch nose three times)

Go through all the colors  and then end with:

There are lots of cars driving down the street!
Which color car is the biggest you see? (Let children choose the biggest car & place on felt board)
Big cars, little cars (spread arms big and little)
Beep! Beep! Beep! (pinch nose three times)

There are lots of cars driving down the street!
Which color car is the smallest you see? (Let children choose the smallest car & place on the felt board.)
Big cars, little cars (spread arms big and little)
Beep! Beep! Beep! (pinch nose three times)

Credit:  Storytime Katie


Green Means Go!

Green says, “Go!” march quickly
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow!” march slowly
Slow…slow…slow
And red says, “Stop!” stop and freeze

Go! Go! Go! march fast
Slow…slow…slow march slowly
and STOP! stop
Repeat

Credit: Toddler Storytime via Storytime Katie


 Action Songs & Fingerplays We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome, Welcome Everyone
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun

Open Shut Them – Video:  Open Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap.  (clap three times)
Open shut them, open shut them (open and close hands)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (place hands in lap and bounce them 3X)

Creep them, crawl them, creep them crawl them, (crawl fingers up arms)
Right up to your chinny  chin chin. (place fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth and say ahhhhhh)
But do not put them in!! (put hands behind your back)

This is Big

This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star – Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Itsy Bitsy Spider – Video:  Itsy Bitsy

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – Video:  Goodbye Friends

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends,
Goodbye friends, it’s time to say goodbye.


Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the action songs & rhymes on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“ABC”  from Go Baby Go! Baby Loves Jazz by Baby Loves Jazz Band

Two Little Blackbirds” from  Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“We’re Going to the Market” from I Love to Hear the Sounds by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel


Video We Shared

The Wheels on the Bus


Continue the Fun

If you want to read more books about cars and trucks, make sure to check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!

   

 

 


 

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