Last month, we started the Toddler Book Club for those of us who are more up on the latest board books than we are the New York Times Best Sellers. If you haven’t quite carved out the time for that 500 page quick read everyone’s been raving about, you’re in good company. This month’s book is only seven pages. You got this, mama.
I chose our July read after informally polling my toddler friends about what they are listening to this summer. They all agreed that “Old MacDonald” is the ultimate song to play on repeat. That “E-I-E-I-O” just gets stuck in your head!
So, I found a fun approach to this childhood favorite song, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” complete with a built-in cow finger puppet. This book is available by Little Learners, a division of Paragon Books and can be purchased online as well as your Target and Walmart type stores.
Knowing that my 16 month old son, Levi, loves to sing “E-I-E-I-O,” I picked this book as a way to make story time more interactive. Since he’s not quite reading off the page (I’m lucky if he isn’t ripping up the page), this book lets him tell the part of the story that he has memorized and helps him to visualize the key parts of the song for better understanding.
Another big selling point is that my parents live on a farm, and I wanted Levi to be able to make the connection between the pictures in the book and a real farm setting.
“Old MacDonald Had a Farm” is appropriate for the littlest of littles up to kids 3 years old.
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo-moo…
Things we liked about it:
- Soft cow puppet to make the story come to life
- A familiar song that helps toddlers read along
- Colorful pictures with many different animals
- Small board book with thick pages that are hard to destroy
- Quick read with only seven pages
- What did Old MacDonald have?
- What does the cow say?
- How many other cows did Old MacDonald have?
- What other animals does Old MacDonald have on his farm?
Recommendations for Book Club menu pairings:
- Bernie’s Farm Animal Cookies by Annie’s
- Fresh fruit and veggies
Follow up activities:
- Visit a farm and point out the animals – We like Lucky Ladd and Hatcher Family Dairy (tours start up again in September)
- Play with farm themed toys
- Sing “Old MacDonald” until you can’t think of any more animals on his farm (This also is a good activity if you happen to be taking a 12 hour road trip with a toddler to visit your parents who live on a farm or really any extended car ride in general.)
- Make animal faces out of a paper plate, paint and construction paper – Pinterest has lots of options!
What should we read next month? Leave a comment with your recommendations!