Let's Read Together

Gus’s Garage by Leo Timmers

Ideal for Toddler , Preschool/Pre-K

Mother and young daughter lying on couch on their stomachs, reading a picture book together.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to understand and interact with books and texts. Reading and taking on roles or actions in books helps children understand character and plot and can develop a love of books and stories.

Materials Needed:

  • “Gus’s Garage” by Leo Timmers (Watch the video from a Bright Horizons educator below)
  • Child’s bike, tricycle, wagon, or other vehicles
  • Bucket
  • Dish soap and cloths
  • Paper or poster board
  • Markers

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Read “Gus’s Garage” or watch the video with your child. Ask your child, “What are bits and bobs? What would you use for bits and bobs?”
  2. Encourage your child to ride their bike or vehicle. Maybe they’d like to add some elements from the story such as scarves or set up a pretend garage and “fix” their vehicles.
  3. Offer paper and writing implements for signs, invoices, etc.
  4. Fill the bucket with soapy water and challenge your child to create a “car wash,” washing their vehicles.

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