Toddlers: Snow

Today’s storytime was wishful thinking… It is actually warmer than yesterday when the preschoolers explored the snow storytime! These poor toddlers. Winter is late in coming here in Southcentral Alaska and the toddlers aren’t snow experienced enough to know what fun lies ahead. We faked it and talked more about cold weather and rain than snow. But, really when is the snow coming? After all, we don’t live in Seattle…

Welcome: Hello Everybody
(clap hands on lap and then together, clap twice on the word “you”)
Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
It’s such a lovely day, I’m so glad you came to play,
Hello everybody, how are you?

Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance your fingers in and out,
And all around the town.

Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy
then tuck them in to bed.

Winter Hokey Pokey
You put your mittens in, you take your mittens out. (hands in circle)
You put your mittens in, and shake them all about.
You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!
…boots (foot in circle), hat (head in circle), coat (whole self)…

Fingerplay: Mitten Weather
Thumbs in the thumb place, (thumbs out)
Fingers all together.  (fingers up all together with thumbs hidden)
This is the song we sing in mitten weather.
(Repeat)

Book: Jingle Jingle by Nicola Smee (Boxer Books, 2008)
Smee’s two books featuring horse, cat, dog, pig and duck are toddler pleasers. This one’s cover is deceiving. It is not a Christmas book, but includes some great sound effects and snow.

Movement: Bubbles! (we pretended the bubbles were snowflakes and rain drops)
1 little 2 little 3 little bubbles
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bubbles
7 little 8 little, 9 little bubbles
10 little bubbles go pop, pop, pop.

Flannelboard: I Made a Little Snowman (adapted)
I made a friendly snowman,
I made him big and round.
I made him from a snowball,
I rolled upon the ground.
He has two eyes, a nose, a mouth,
A lovely scarf of red.
He even has some buttons,
And a hat upon his head.

20131114-153754.jpgI have 15-25 toddlers each week these days and I let whoever wants to help me tell flannelboard stories hold felt pieces. The toddlers who helped today insisted that the snowballs sit next to each other at the beginning and then they were moved on top of one another to build the snowman. This is how it ended up. Nice job, don’t you think?

This week, several kids did help or watch, but the other kids couldn’t see or lost interest and wandered off.To bring everyone back to the group, I passed out the rhythm sticks I had on hand. I made them out of dowels so they are lightweight, replacements are easy to make, and they are fairly indestructible.

Action Song: Clickety Clack (with rhythm sticks)
Clickety, Clickety Clack
Clickety, Clickety Clack
Click Clack, Click Clack
Clickety Clickety Clack.

Action Song: Snow (or rain) is Falling (with rhythm sticks)
Snow is falling, falling down; Snow is falling hit the ground. (Move sticks up and down, tapping a simple beat)
Flurries, flurries (repeat with a slow beat, slowly said)
Snowing, snowing (repeat with a faster beat)
Blizzard (Repeat, tapping loudly and with a very fast beat. I like to get kids tapping on the floor for this one.)

Action Song: Ring Around the Rosie (group forms a circle)
Ring (or skip or hop, etc.) around the rosie (move as a group to the left or right)
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down! (squat down on ground)

The cows are in the meadow (slap hands on floor while staying down on the ground)
Eating buttercups
Thunder, lightning,
We all jump up! (jump up)

Goodbye: Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the Clouds.  Tickle Your Toes.
Turn Around,
And Tickle Your Nose! Reach down low. Reach up High.
Storytime’s over, wave goodbye!

Play: Stacking Blocks like Mega Bloks: First Builders

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