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August 8, 2011

Story Time "Red Light, Green Light" with activities (sorting, patterns, charting & name practice)

We have done tons of crafts and painting lately so we decided to switch it up this week and do some other activities after reading "Red Light, Green Light" by Anastasia Suen. Luke has had a bug this week and had a fever for several days and I am sooooo glad he is finally feeling better today!

This is a fun book about a little boy playing and talks about different types of vehicles, roads and obviously the meaning of the red light and green light. It was a very simple book and it was fun to look through the pages and find different things that were out of place like a pencil used for the white lines in the road, etc.

After reading the book we started by making a stop light out of construction paper. I traced a cereal bowl onto a piece of red, yellow and green construction paper, and then had Luke cut them out. He hates cutting circles, so this was perfect practice for him. hee hee We then glued together two pieces of black paper lengthwise and glued the circles onto it in the correct order.

After discussing what each color meant on the stop light, we got out some objects we had that were red, yellow and green to do some sorting. We started with blocks. After they were all sorted, I had Luke estimate which circle he thought had the most blocks on it and which had the least. Then Luke counted them to see if he was correct.

Then we sorted legos. Before we started the activity I gathered a couple handfuls of red, yellow and green legos and put them in a bowl.

After Luke sorted the legos we estimated again which had the most and which had the least.

I thought it would be fun to introduce using a chart with Luke so I made this quick one on Microsoft Word before we started this activity. As we counted the legos, I had him color a rectangle for each lego in the appropriate column.

When we were all done coloring, we counted how many there were of each and wrote that number in the space at the bottom of the chart.

Estimating was a little hard for Luke on this round because I made sure to make the amounts only 1 apart from each other. I thought this was a great way to start to introduce using charts and graphs with Luke and he really it.

I also made this simple chart so we could practice making patterns with the legos.

I started the first pattern by placing down red, green, red, green and then asked him to continue the pattern to the end of the row. He grasped the concept very quickly and came up with the next two patterns by himself. Then on the last row I had him use all three colors of the stop light.

This is how it looked when we were finished. This was a big hit for Luke! I didn't know he enjoyed patterns so much so we will definitely be doing more stuff like this in the future.

To go along with the theme of the book, I printed off letter highway print-outs for us to race some cars on for letter and name writing practice. You can print them out HERE. I mixed the pages up and had Luke put the letters in the correct order all by himself.

Then we used a small car and traced all the letters just how he would write them. You can see the smile on his face in this picture. What kid doesn't like racing a car along a track? These printables are absolutely fabulous and I am so happy to have found them. I plan on printing out his middle and last name too so he can practice it this way.

Since Lila was still taking her nap I seized the opportunity to continue playing with Luke by making some lego cars with him to race around his letters. I felt like a kid again digging through the box of legos looking for cool little pieces to add to our cars. It was so fun laughing with him about the little characters we added to our cars.

This was our only girl race car driver and we made sure she was wearing a helmet so she wouldn't get hurt.  :)

Here is super cool dude wearing a super hero cape.

These little guys were a hoot, one with mullet-type hair and one wearing a witch hat.

And this was Luke's pride and joy vehicle. He decorated it so fancy with the little flames coming off it everywhere. He couldn't wait to drive this guy around his letters.

I did a couple races with him where when I said "Go!" he had to trace the "L" and "u"  and I had to trace the "k" and "e" to see who got done first. Then we switched letters. I let him win every time.  ;)

All of these activities took up a couple hours but you could spread them out for a couple days.

Happy Reading & Crafting!!

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Miller Moments said... Best Blogger Tips

Great activities! I love the stop light...we do something like it every year when school starts. That was a great idea to sort different things based on color too.

alwayslearning said... Best Blogger Tips

We use the traffic light with a poem at the beginning of each school year. Thanks for the book idea! Here is a poem we learn with the traffic light:
Red on top
Green below
Red says "stop"
Green says "go"
Yellow, yellow, it say "wait!"
Even though you might be late!

Rachel (Lines across my face) said... Best Blogger Tips

These are such great ideas. My son would love the stop light and road letters of his name (although BENJAMIN is a lot of letters, haha).

Rachel Kaylynn said... Best Blogger Tips

Great ideas! Love the letter tracks! Definitely will be using them for homeschool preschool.

My Oatmeal Kisses said... Best Blogger Tips

So so great! Thanks for the link to the road letters! I love how you connected so many things with one book. So smart!

Barras said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this book! When my oldest was a preschooler, we created our own memories with it & I love the ideas you present here!

Jamie said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Rachel! I tried sending you the subway art file and it wouldn't go through. You are a "no reply" blogger and the email address you listed didn't work. Could you email me at thecreativeimperative(at) and I can reply to that? Thanks! Sorry to be leaving this in the comments :)

MelsDeals said... Best Blogger Tips

Just came over from the blog hop. I'm your newest follower. Blessings, Melissa

Messy Kids said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great theme unit! I love the color matching and math activities. Very creative! Thanks for sharing on It's Playtime

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

This counts as an entry in the Summer Reading Challenge.

The sorting and graphing activities look wonderful.

Jenni said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope I have told you this before but you are such an amazing mama! I am not sure where you find all the time and patience! UNBELIEVABLE! Great work!
Thanks for linking up! When is the bday? Have I missed it yet?

Dianne said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the idea of using Legos for some of these activities. Lego's are my son's new obsession, so I might as well take advantage of it and incorporate more legos into his school time. Thanks once again for some great ideas!!

Mary Catherine said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE all of your ideas here! My favorite, though, has got to be the color sorting and graphing. Off to pin this! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Alicia Brown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your idea for using the alphabet roads for name recognition! We made some similar roads out of felt for our daughter.

We linked to your post in a round up of similar do-it-yourself toy car ideas on our blog!

Love your blog!