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Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom!
by Stuart J. Murphy

Kevin has red, blue, and yellow cars that he lines up in a special way. He thinks his younger sister Molly is too young to play with his cars. Happily for Molly, Mom and Dad think she is just the right age to have her own toys cars.

Resources for Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom!:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

Activities for Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom!:

Car Patterns (English)

Patrones de coches (Spanish)

Can Molly line up Kevin’s cars just the way he left them?  


Topics: patterns, order


Activities To Do Together:

  • Look at patterns with your child. Ask your child what is included in the pattern and where the pattern starts to repeat. 

  • Make a simple pattern with objects - perhaps two cars, two pencils, one ball, two cars, two pencils, one ball…Ask your child to create a similar pattern using different objects.    

  • Make a simple pattern, ask your child to add to the pattern. 

  • Look at a chart of the numbers one to one hundred with your child. Ask you child what patterns they notice.


Questions for Mathematical Thinking:

  1. Describe Kevin’s cars. How many of each color does he have? How many total cars does he have?

  2. Describe Kevin’s special way of lining up his cars. 

  3. When Molly played with Kevin’s cars and heard Kevin coming she put the cars back on the shelf as fast as she could. She looked at the cars and they didn’t look quite right. What did she mean that the cars didn’t look quite right?

  4. In what ways would you arrange four red cars, four yellow cars, and four blue cars? Can you find more than two patterns that you like?  

  5. In what ways could you arrange a group of different objects other than by color?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:  

fast, left, lined up, lines, quickly, too much 

Please check out the Book Guide for Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! for more!

Online External Resources for Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom! 

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