Littles love to be helpers. When you’re doing some work around your house, they might just want to be all in. We built a second garden this spring and we had lots of “all in” toddler (and preschooler!) moments.
They’ll want to use power tools (and are sad when they can’t.)
They’ll want to move materials that are more than twice their size (and are frustrated when they can’t.)
There are plenty of jobs they can do, however, so pay attention for when it’s okay to say, “YES! You can do that!”
In come the machines (a Bulldozer, Loader, Dump Truck, Backhoe, Crane and Little Excavator,) to build a park in their town. Everyone starts work on their own specific job, except for the Little Excavator. He can’t figure out what he should be doing. He tries to help the Loader, but
“Little E tries lifting up some junk
But there goes Little Excavator–
over with a clunk!”
He tips, he flips, he gets in the way. By the end of the day, Little E is feeling pretty low.
Your littles will be rooting for Little E, wondering if he gets his big moment.
He does (and you’ll interrupt the story to shout, “Yay!”)
Little Excavator came in handy this spring. Our little helpers could remember Little E and that everyone has a job that fits them just right.
Little Excavator (2017)
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