Toddlers: Opposites

This storytime is a modified version of the preschool storytime I did on the same theme.

Welcome Song: 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?

Action Song: Open, Shut Them
(follow actions)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Lay them in your lap
Creep them, creep them up to your chin
Open your mouth wide, but don’t put your fingers in!
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a big clap
Open, shut them
Lay them in your lap.

Action Rhyme: Once There Was a Snowman
Once there was a snowman, a snowman, a snowman
Once there was a snowman tall, tall, tall
In the sun he melted, he melted, he melted
In the sun he melted small, small, small.
But, (repeat)
Credit: Jbrary

Action Rhyme: Eyes open, Eyes closed
Wiggle your fingers, Wiggle your nose
Thumbs up, Thumbs down
Make a smile, Make a frown
Wiggle, clap, Wiggle, snap
Let your hands fly right to your lap.

Book: Itty Bitty by Cece Ball (Candlewick Press, 2009).ittybittycover

Bubbles!
One little, two little, three little bubbles.
Four little, five little, six little bubbles.
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles go pop, pop, pop!

Feltboard: Five Clean and Dirty Pigs
Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big THUD! (make a big clap to some sound effect, if you want)
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.
(repeat counting down)
One pig so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
He jumped into the mud
Landed with a THUD
Then there were no more clean squeaky pigs

Action Song (with movement scarves): “Boogie Woogie Hand Jive” (Kids on the Move, 2000) by Merry Music Maker
We danced while the music played on my phone connected to a bluetooth speaker. With the toddlers I only used one song before our closing activity.

Closing Song: Ring Around the Rosie
Ring (or skip or hop, etc.) around the rosie
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!

The cows are in the meadow
Eating buttercups
Thunder, lightning,
We all jump up!

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