Monthly Archives: December 2014

Toddler Time – Construction, Cars, and Colors

Today’s Toddler Time was a bit last minute as I agreed to help out to spare a co-worker who was coming down with something and had barely survived the Babies program the day before. But I had a few books I had been wanting to test run so even though the book had a hamster in it, the children were the real guinea pigs (see what I did there?)

I went with a vehicle theme which also turned out to naturally have a color theme built into it! For fun, I threw together a quick flannel board because nothing is easier (and kills time) than talking about a flannel board.

We identified the color of each garage as I placed them on the board, then we matched the cars to their appropriately colored garages (I made a joke about double parking because why not?) and then we counted how many cars we had. Then we sang them a song that I found on the same site I found the inspiration for the flannel board:

Sung to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Cars are sleeping in their homes
Tired from the busy day
To the shops, and to the school
To the park, and to the pool
Cars are sleeping in their homes
Tired from a busy day

I also managed to dig deep into my memory and access the Car Car Song, which I used to sing with my brother when he was little. We learned it from the Kidsongs VHS but apparently that is a tweaked version of a Woody Guthrie song (my mom knew it as a Peter, Paul and Mary song). ANYWAY, it was a fun action song to get up and sing and help keep the wiggles at bay.

Here is the basic outline for the rest of the program:

Opening Song: Clap Along With Me/Open Shut Them

Construction by Sally Sutton (text recognition – point at LOUD words)

Stanley the Builder by William Bee (identify colors)

SONG: Take You Riding in my Car Car (have kid stand up and do actions)

My Car by Byron Barton (vocabulary word of the day – pedestrian)

FLANNEL: Cars and their garages (identify colors, matching, counting)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (have kids say “NO!” to Pigeon)

Freight Train (big book) by Donald Crews (train noise – chugga chugga woo woo)

FINALE: If You’re Happy and You Know It!

Take Away: Car coloring sheet with song lyrics on the back