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: www.candlewick.com

We’ve All Got Bellybuttons by David Martin Photo Credit: http://www.candlewick.com

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
…hips
…back
…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!
(repeat)

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.”

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

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!

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