Stop and Go


Toddler Storytime Classes are back for the fall!  We started out with a Stop and Go theme that focuses on self regulation.  Research is finding that self regulation is critical for school success in preschool, kindergarten, and throughout elementary school. This storytime contains music and movement activities to help children practice these skills, and teaches them to stop, think, and then act.

OPENING SONG: The More We Get Together


BOOK 1: Red Light, Green Light by Anastasia Suen

Show a traffic light and explain that red means “stop,” yellow mean “slow,” and green means “go.”  I use green, yellow, and red pieces of paper to hold up for visual aids while doing this action rhyme.  Then you can extend this rhyme out into a game using the pieces of paper – hold up the different colors and have children march quickly, slowly and freeze at the appropriate times.

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

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

Credit: Toddler Storytime via Storytime Katie

BOOK 2: Stop and Go, Maisy! by Lucy Cousins

SONG ON CD: “Self Control” by David Kisor
MP3 download
This is an excellent song for teaching children self regulation.  Children move and dance as fast as they can until the “Stop!”

ACTION RHYME: I’m a Little Pick Up Truck
Tune: I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little pickup truck
Shiny and yellow,
When I go out driving   Pretend to drive.
I’m a very happy fellow.

When the rain comes down   Flutter fingers downward
I turn my wipers on   Move arms back and forth
I splash through puddles,
All around the town.

When I see a red light  (Hold up red sheet of paper)
I stop on a dime  Stop pretending to drive
When I see a green light  (Hold up green sheet of paper)
I know it’s driving time   Resume driving
Vroom! Vroom! Beep! Beep!

Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

FLANNEL STORY/BOOK 3: Chickie: Stop and Go by Norman Gorbaty
Chickie: Stop and Go is a board book that is too small  to read to a large group, so I made it into a flannel board story.  I scanned each page of the book and enlarged the pictures (which surprisingly didn’t make the pictures fuzzy at all!).  I then wrote the simple text on the back of each flannel board piece and voilà…a perfect storytime flannel board. 

CLOSING SONG: We Wave Goodbye Like This

CRAFT: Traffic Light Necklace

What a great, simple craft from Sarah at Awesome Storytime via Storytime Katie!   To make it even easier, I created a printable template for you.

Traffic Light Template

21 thoughts on “Stop and Go

  1. Thanks for all the great ideas! What is the text for Chickie: Stop and Go? I’d like to do the flannel story but we don’t have a copy of the book


  2. I’m tardy for the party here. Could I get the words to Chickie also, please?
    Thanks so much! Love your blog and thanks for sharing!


  3. Hi,
    I’d love to use this flannel, but we also don’t have the book. Would you be able to send me the text and pics, too, please. thanks so much!


    • I don’t have the pics saved because I photocopied them from the book, but I’d be happy to send over the words. The animals are pretty easy to find clipart of. I often use to find free clipart, and I’m sure that they have the animals that you’ll need!


  4. Hi, Leah! Would you please send me the text for Chickie? It’s not available in my system and I’d love to give my stop and go storytime a facelift! Thanks for sharing!


  5. I’m late to the party too, but can’t seem to track down the text for Chickie Stop and Go anywhere and it’s not in our system. Heading to Headstart soon and would love to make this flannelboard. Could you email it once again! Thanks!

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  7. Me too! I am doing a Stop and Go storytime next week at my library, and the Chickie Stop and Go book sounds adorable. Of course, nobody in my library system has it. Could you e-mail me the text also? Thanks and God Bless!


  8. Hello! I am doing transportation this Thursday for story time, and I would love to use the book ‘Chickie Stop & Go’. If you are still able to send the text Could I have a copy please? Thanks


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