Toddler: Me!

Today’s toddler storytime was heavy on movement! It was high energy and lots of fun. If the song was new to storytime, I talked about the actions we would use and the body parts we were going to include. I also didn’t hesitate to ask questions during a rhyme or song. For example, can you find your nose? But really, I had no problem keeping the kids and caregivers engaged.

My favorite moment? When even the littlest toddlers hold up there 10 fingers and wiggle them for the Bubbles song.

Welcome Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together,
together, together
The more we get together
the happier we’ll be!
For your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends,
The more we get together the happier we’ll be.

The more we read together, together, together
The more we read together
the happier we’ll be.
We’ll read big books and small books (with hand motion)
and short books and tall books
The more we read together the happier we’ll be.
Second verse credit:Storytime Secrets via Jbrary

Action Rhyme: I Am Big, Big, Big (modified version of This is Big, Big, Big)
I am big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
I am small, small, small (crouch down)
I am short, short, short (stay low)
I am tall, tall, tall (reach for the sky)
I am fast, fast, fast (roll hands or march quickly)
I am slow, slow, slow (roll hands or march slowly)
I say yes, yes, yes (nod head)
And sometimes no, no, no (shake head)

Movement: Everybody Knows I Love My Toes
Everybody knows I love my toes,
Everybody knows I love my toes,
I love my shoulders, my knees, my elbows, and my nose,
but everybody knows I love my toes.
…chin, shin
…lips, hips
Credit: Jbrary

Dance Break: Head, Nose, Bellybutton, Toes by The Blankies (from their Action! album)

Transition Action Rhyme: My Two Hands Go
My two hands go clap, clap, clap
My two feet go tap, tap, tap
My two hands go thump, thump, thump
My two feet go jump, jump, jump
My one body turns around
and it quietly sits right down.
Credit: Jbrary

We've All Got Bellybuttons by David Martin Photo Credit:

We’ve All Got Bellybuttons by David Martin Photo Credit:

Book: We’ve all got Bellybuttons! by David Martin (Candlewick, 2005)

Simple scenes, bright illustrations, and interactive text make this a good fit for a body storytime or sharing one on one. It’s not so much a story as an opportunity to talk, play, and read with kids. The illustrations offer as much as the text in terms of conversation pieces.

Movement: Bubbles!
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.

A giant storm is brewing out int he Pacific which means possible power outages in our community, so this song seemed more than appropriate for warding off the rain!

Action Song: It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More
It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More, no more
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
oh no, it’s up to my toe!
It ain’t gonna rain no more.

…oh gee, knee
…oh my, up to my thigh
…oh fiddle, up to my middle
…oh heck, it’s up to my neck
…oh dread, it’s up to my head
I’m just gonna swim on home
Credit: Jbrary

Action Song: The 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.
…left foot
…right hand
…left hand
…whole self

Action 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!

Goodbye Rhyme: Wave Hi, Wave Low

Early Literacy Tip: (from The Early Literacy Kit by Betsy Diamant-Cohen and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting)
“Helping your child to put words to feelings develops vocabulary in a meaningful way. You can talk not only about your child’s feelings but about yours as well. Children can understand the words long before they can say them.”

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