Toddler: My Body

Today was a no-school-day because of parent/teacher conferences and that makes for an interesting storytime.

Our children’s library is becoming more and more popular as a place to go for families and kids 8-12 which can make its shared use challenging at times. I’m not shy about announcing storytime or doing my singing, dancing, and storytelling to a crowd of onlookers, but I do notice their stunned looks! I also want to make sure the toddlers get their chance to to enjoy the space without dominating it. I did my best to make a storytime space with our beanbags and got to work setting up (we don’t have a separate storytime room).  As I set up, toddlers came bouncing in with caregivers in tow.

I’m not sure if its because of the increasing daylight or the fact that their were so many people in the library, but these kids had some energy. So, during my introduction I let families know we would be doing some moving! One parent jokingly mentioned that we need to do some jumping. Fortunately, I happened to have a perfect jumping song on my phone that I added to the line up below at the last minute. After our welcome song, we got our bodies ready for action!

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?

Dance Warm Up: Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill (via Sound Cloud app)
This song is a nice one to use before reading because it gets the wiggles out and Jim ends the song by asking kids to have a seat.

Book: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovett and David Catrow
A colorful, fun to read story celebrating our individuality, the love of family, and friendship. A nice read aloud for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary.

stand tall mlm

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!

Action Song: Hokey Pokey
Put your right foot, take your right foot out
Put your right foot in and shake it all about
Do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about.
(arms, ears, head, legs, whole self)

Dance Break: Hands are for Clapping by Jim Gill (via Sound Cloud app)

Action Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
It you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
(…wiggle your knees)
(…shake your hips)
(…do all three)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
(Sing to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
(Have child mimic you and place hands on the appropriate parts of the body.)
Head, shoulders, knees & toes, knees & toes,
Head, shoulders, knees & toes, knees & toes,
Eyes and ears, mouth & nose,
Head, shoulders, knees & toes, knees & toes.

Goodbye Rhyme: Wave Hi, Wave low
I think it’s time, we’ve gotta go
Wave your elbows, wave your toes
Wave your tongue, wave your nose
Wave your knees, wave your lips
Blow me a kiss with your fingertips
Wave your chin, wave one eye
Wave a hand and say “goodbye!”

Early Literacy Tip:
As you share a book, think of it is a conversation. Give your child a chance to talk also, no matter how old they are. You may have to wait a while depending on their developmental stage. This begins the development of their narrative skills, one of six that lay a strong foundation for reading. (modified from : The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards by Betsy Diament-Cohen and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting, 2010)

Photo Credit: The Illustrated Book Image Collective


2 thoughts on “Toddler: My Body

  1. I love this goodbye rhyme, never herd it before. I do head & shoulders once regular temp, once super fast, and again super slow to settle them back down.–JD

    • Jane- The rhyme is a fun one, especially when it is repeated every week and kids start to remember the words. I think I read about it in a thread on Storytime Underground’s Facebook page, but I can’t find where. I’d like to give someone credit!
      I do the different tempos for Head and Shoulders with preschoolers and you’re right, it gets a lot of the wiggles out. I usually end on the fastest speed, but I’m going to repeat the slow version at the end and see how that works. Thanks for sharing!

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