Va-va-vrooom!

Racing across the finish line is 1-2-3 Va-Va-Vroom!, a brightly colored book about three kids whose imaginations take them from their toy cars to laps around a race track. Kids can count to ten with each lap, with the numbers featured both in the story and prominently in the illustrations.

The author has some tips for parents who want to go the extra mile 🙂 with this book. “Parents can encourage their children to repeat the “Va-va-vroom” aloud. The children can also repeat the lap number,” Sarah says. I love this, because it uses the repetitive aspects of the book to fully engage the child. The child can hear the rhythm of the words and, if they are a little older, start to associate the pattern of letters on the page with the pattern of the words they are repeating. Repeating the lap number, or pointing to it in the picture starts to familiarize them with the number symbols and also counting from 1 to 10.

Sarah also has a great way to teach writing to young kids. “They can do this by holding matchbox cars and “writing” the number in the air, or on the ground. They can use shaving cream and “drive” the shape of the letter with their fingers. They can decorate cupcakes with different numbers in frosting. These activities can be done at home or in a classroom setting.” Driving cars around in number shapes is a great hands-on exercise to familiarize kids with our number symbols!

Or, Sarah says, “for those kids just learning to count (and not yet ready for writing numbers), they can line up cars and count them together. They can drive the cars around a makeshift track and count the number of times they go around.
“It’s also just fun to use imaginations with cars. My kids brought their cars everywhere. In the tub. In the shower. In their beds. On the towels. On the blankets. On the sidewalk. In the dift. In the mud. In the sand. I used to carry several cars around in my purse for immediate entertainment.” If your family is a little like Sarah’s, you will no doubt find ways to use your toy cars as a form of education.
I hope you like the book and our ideas about what to do with it–other than read it, of course!
Title: 1-2-3 Va-Va-Vroom!
Author: Sarah Lynn
Illustrator: Daniel Griffo
Genre: Picture Book
Age: 0 – 5

You can also watch the book trailer:

3 Comments to “Va-va-vrooom!”

  1. My boys would have loved this book when they were little!

  2. I have not one but two car fanatics, a boy and a girl. If my purse was big enough to hold anything beyond my own car keys, toy cars would be next in line! My preschooler definitely needs some work on his numbers and this sounds like a perfect start. Thanks, Wendy, as always!

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