Looking Both Ways

AugustW Submitted by: AugustW

Left, right, left, right - Lily uses her grandma's rhyme to stay safe.

5 minutes
24 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


“Whenever you cross a street,” Lily’s grandma always said to her, “you must be sure to look both ways. Look left first, then right, then left again, and don’t step out until you’ve looked right one last time. The whole time you must be very quiet. If you see nothing coming, and you hear nothing coming, you can safely cross the street.”

Lily’s grandma was the wisest person Lily knew. She was always giving good advice to Lily and her brother. So Lily happily sang, “Left, right, left, right, must be still, must be quiet,” to herself over and over until she knew it by heart. Any time she came to the end of a sidewalk with her mom, or when she and her older brother walked their black and white spotted dog down to play with the Calvins' new puppy, she did exactly that.

She looked left, then she looked right, then she looked left, and being very careful not to make any sound, she looked right one more time.

Lily and her brother went to stay with their grandmother in the mountains that summer. They went out in the woods behind the house to explore every day. One warm afternoon, they packed some water and snacks and headed deep into the plush green trees.

Lily’s brother helped her cross the creek, and she climbed up a little hill to see where they needed to go. At last, they came to a road.

“I think we should go back,” Lily’s brother said with concern.

“I just want to go pick that beautiful flower!” Lily had spied something bright purple in the ditch across the quiet country road. She stood up on the side of the road and turned to look left. There were no cars. She turned and looked right. Still no cars. Again, she looked left, but didn’t see any cars.

But when she turned her head right, she saw a glint of headlights coming towards her very quickly!

Lily stepped back into the trees as a big truck roared by. Her heart was pounding! She was very glad she’d listened to her grandmother’s advice. Once the road was clear again, Lily safely crossed the road to pick the flower for her grandma.

“Left, right, left, right, must be still, must be quiet,” she said with a smile. That simple rhyme had kept her safe in a big way!

Discussion Questions
1. Did Lily's Grandma give her good advice? Why?
2. Can you think of a time when you have you remembered good advice?
3. Why is it important to look both ways before crossing the street?
Answers will vary

Developmental skills