Toddler Storytime: 10 Little Caterpillars

This storytime includes a variety of components that fit nicely in the context of what’s going in Homer and in toddler storytime. For example, crows and ravens are everywhere these days. I was able to find two raven finger puppets at our community museum so I had to include them. These kiddos love puppets in all sizes and they immediately gravitated toward these two little black beauties. At the end of storytime, I also shared with them the new Alaska animal puppets that will live in the children’s library from now on (separate than my personal stash of puppets) thanks to an early literacy grant we received from the State Library.

Many families spend a lot of time outside here in the Summer. The days are long and the great outdoors is literally out your door. Caterpillars are just one of the fascinating treasures little ones can find in their yard and on local trails. The book we read today, 10 Little Caterpillars, highlights these little creatures and offers multiple opportunities for exploring a book- families can read the entire story straight through, they can talk about the plants that are in the book and find them in their garden and they can find the caterpillar, and other bugs, on each age (sometimes tricky!).

Here’s what did:

Welcome Song with ASL signs: The More we Get Together

Action Rhyme: I am 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)

Fingerplay: Two Little Ravens Sitting on a Hill
Two little ravens sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack
Fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill!
Two little ravens sitting on a cloud
One named Soft, one named Loud
Fly away Soft
Fly away Loud
Come back Soft, come back Loud!

10 Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. (Photo Source: simonandschuster.com)

10 Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. (Photo Source: simonandschuster.com)

Book: Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin jr. and Lois Ehlert

Bubbles!

We’ve been playing with shakers for a couple of weeks and having lots of fun so I added in a new song that I found recently. This song goes nicely with this week’s early literacy tip about teaching children the concept of stop, and self-control, through play. The source link will take you to a video of the song so you can learn the tune. I left off the goodbye verse to shorten the song and because we weren’t quite ready to say goodbye!

Shaker Song: Shake Our Shakers
We’re going to shake our shakers
Shake them so
We’re going to shake our shakers
High!
and
Low!
We’re going to shake our shakers
Shake them so
Until someone says
STOP!

We’re going to shake our shakers
Shake them so
We’re going to shake our shakers
Fast!
and
Slow!
We’re going to shake our shakers
Shake them so
Until someone says
STOP!

We’re going to shake our shakers
Left!
and
Right!
We’re going to shake our shakers
Left!
and
Right!
We’re going to shake our shakers
Left!
and Right!
HOLD ON TIGHT!
Until someone says
STOP!

We’re going to shake our shakers
Around and around!
We’re going to shake our shakers
Upside down!
We’re going to shake our shakers
On the ground!
Until someone says
STOP!
Source: Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Action Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It (with shakers)
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.
If you’re happy and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake.

If you’re happy and you know it give a clap.
(Clap shaker against palm.)

If you’re happy and you know it give a tap.
(Tap shaker on the floor.)

If you’re happy and you know it do all three.
(Shake, shake, clap, clap, tap, tap)

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