Toddlers: Cars

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan



Moo! by David LaRochelle
My Car by Byron Barton*
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia***
Who Is Driving? by Leo Timmers**

Early Literacy Tip

When you read a book to your child, running your finger under the printed words helps him/her know that it is the text you are reading, not the pictures.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing — The Wiggles

Featured Track: “I Drive the Big Red Car”**

Flannelboard: “Lots of Cars”***

Prop: Stoplight Sorting***

Prop Sticks: “Green Says Go”***

Repeating Extension Activities

  • A Wiggle Wiggle Here*
  • Slowly, Slowly*
  • These Are My Glasses***
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Thumbkin**
  • Wake Up Toes*

How It Went

Tuesday morning
I gave an extra tip this morning while reading “Who Is Driving?” — the kids were getting restless so we only read parts. Parents/caregivers: remember to close a book if the experience is turning out to be more frustrating than fun! The Wiggles CD completely malfunctioned today; track would not play even though it did when I tested it prior to storytime. Stoplight activities were so fun!

Thursday morning (9:30)
Today’s class featured a ton of grandmas and grandpas which is so wonderful! I heard a lot of my toddlers repeating such great words and sounds during “Toot Toot Beep Beep”. Stoplight Sorting did not go as intended. I wound up modifying by asking the toddlers to touch their clothespin to the color and then give it to me. That worked much better.

Thursday morning (10:30)
This group absolutely NAILED Stoplight Sorting. I have two young ladies in this class who are absolute joys — they continually participate and one of them comes to hug me after every storytime before I bring bubbles out. The group’s favorite activity today was “Lots of Cars”. They really got into acting out the rhyme!


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