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Toot, Honk, Splish

dad reading a story to child

About this Video

Reading books is an important way a caregiver can support the development of a young child’s language and literacy during the infant-toddler years. As children grow, they become more attentive and able to participate in book sharing. In this video, we watch 20-month-old Aaron and his dad share a favorite book that includes fun sounds from different kinds of boats. Notice as Aaron repeats the sounds that the boats make and he and his dad talk about all the different boats shown by the pictures in the book.



Dad: The cruise ship goes honk, hoooooonnnk, honk, hoooooonnnk.

Aaron: (joins in) hooonnk.

Aaron: Hoonnk.

Dad: Right.

Dad: The paddle boat goes … chum-splish, chum-splash, chum-splish. Toot, toot.

Aaron: Toot, toot.

Aaron: (very quietly) Chum-splish.

Dad: The speed boat goes … grrr, vrooommm, mmmm.

Aaron: Vrmm.

Dad: The sail boat goes sshhhh, clang, clang, flap, flap, flap. Sshhhh.

Aaron: Eeeeyeey

Dad: The submarine goes BING, hmmm.

Aaron: ging.

Dad: Bing, hmmmm.

Aaron: ging.

Dad: Bing, hmmmm.

Aaron: ging … hmmm.

Dad: The gondola goes (quietly) O sole mio. (louder, and singing) O sole mio. What do you think?

Aaron tries to say something.

Dad: Yeah, it’s a gondola.

Aaron: Gondola.

Dad: Yeah, there’s a person up there who’s doing what they call punting. Yeah.

Aaron: Choo, choo.

Dad: Yeah, it doesn’t make beeps. It just kind of pushes it. Through channels and stuff. Hmm, hmm.

Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three and How They Were Met

Developmental Domain 3: Language Development, Communication, & Literacy
Expressive Communication
Children demonstrate the ability to understand and convey thoughts through both nonverbal and verbal expression.

  • Indicators for children (16-24 months): Repeats overheard words.
  • Action: Aaron repeats words such as “toot” and “honk”when his dad reads them.

Developmental Domain 3: Language Development, Communication, & Literacy
Early Literacy
Children demonstrate interest in and comprehension of printed materials.

  • Indicators for children (16-24 months): Repeats familiar words in a book when being read to.
  • Action: Aaron pays close attention to the book as his father reads. He repeats several sounds from the book and points to some of the pictures.

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Home
  • Family Child Care

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers
  • Faculty / Trainer

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
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Reviewed: 2018