Toddler: Movement

With the all of the unseasonably rainy weather, I knew the toddlers would be ready to move this week, even more than usual. So, along with a fun book about warm climate animals,  I picked out some of my favorite action rhymes and songs that might even help us break a sweat! That’s my New year’s resolution for story time… to get parents so involved they perspire with a smile! Here’s to 2014!

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 Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance your fingers in and out
And all around the town.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy
Then tuck them into bed.

Song: It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More (we want snow!)
It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more, (wiggle fingers down like rain)
It ain’t gonna rain no more, (waggle finger and shake head as if saying “no”)
Oh no, it’s up to my toe! (point to toe)
But, it ain’t gonna rain no more. (wiggle fingers down like rain)

It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more,
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
Oh gee, it’s up to my knee! (point to knee)
But, it ain’t gonna rain no more.

It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more,
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
Oh my, it’s up to my thigh! (flatten hand to cheek and then point to thigh)
But, it ain’t gonna rain no more.

It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more,
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
Oh fiddle, it’s up to my middle! (point to belly button/waist area)
But, it ain’t gonna rain no more.

It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more,
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
Oh dread, it’s up to my head! (place hand on top of head)
I’m just gonna swim on home… (make swimming motion)
Credit: Jbrary

Song: I’m Hopping Like a Bunny
(using penny whistle)
I’m hopping like a bunny, I’m hopping all around (hop)
Hopping like a bunny and now I’m falling down (play penny whistle down scale as you fall to floor)

(play penny whistle up the scale as you stand up, teaching kids what to listen for and the actions to follow when they hear the corresponding penny whistle sounds)

I’m stomping like a elephant, I’m stomping all around (stomp feet)
Stomping like a elephant and now I’m falling down

I’m swimming like a fishy, I’m swimming all around (make sign for fish)
Swimming like a fishy and now I’m falling down

I’m walking like an tiger, I’m walking all around (walk on all fours)
Walking like an tiger and now I’m falling down

I’m flitting like a fly, I’m flitting all around (flap hands at sides quickly)
Flitting like a fly and now I’m falling down
Credit: Nancy Stewart
We changed the animals in Nancy’s song to match the animals found in the book we read later during storytime. If you don’t want to sing the song a cappella, you can sing along with Nancy via the recorded version on her website.

Song: If You’re Ready for a Story (we sing of version of this song before each week’s book to help families transition from songs to the story)
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, If you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands.
… sit down please (accompanied by penny whistle)

Book: Tiny Little FlyTiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen and Kevin Waldron (Candlewick Press, 2010)

This book has brilliant illustrations, a sneaky little fly to follow through the story, and excellent action words to describe the large predators’ efforts to eat the fly. The fly outwits them all and flits away, of course.

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!

We then spend 4-5 minutes blowing and popping bubbles and talking about our bodies, what bubbles look like, etc.

Movement: Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill played via phone/wireless speakers, using Sound Cloud app

Action Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

(clap hands, wiggle your knees, spin around, do all three)

Goodbye: 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, ave your lips
Blow me a kiss with your finger tips
Wave your ears, wave your hair,
Wave your belly and derriere.
Wave your chin, wave your eye
Wave a hand, and say goodbye!
Credit: Rob Reid

Early Literacy Tip:
Think about ways to make text and literacy visible to your child so s/he can take text for granted! Place a basket of books out for your child’s easy access, read in front of your child, or write so your child can see.
Credit: Raising Readers

Toddler: Frogs

Toddlers love frogs, too!

I used much of the preschool frog storytime program to design this toddler plan, including the book I read with these younger ones.

Welcome: 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?

Fingerplay: Open Shut Them (with shakers for last verse)
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open Shut them, open shut them
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap.

Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
Open wide your little mouth
But do not let them in!

Shake them, shake them
Shake them, shake them
Shake them just like this this this
Roll them, roll them
Roll them, roll them
And blow a little kiss!
Muach! (blow kiss with hand)

Fingerplay: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs (hold five fingers above other forearm)
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs (yum, yum!)
[rub tummy]
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four green speckled frogs. (glub, glub)

4 green and speckled frogs…
3 green and speckled frogs…
2 green and speckled frogs…
1 green and speckled frog…

Book: The Wide-mouthed Frog

With the toddlers, I focused on concepts like color and size and the names of animals. After reading this book, we hopped liked frogs and talked like frogs.

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.

To bring the group back together from bubble time, I handed out these sweet pipe cleaner flies I discovered on Mel’s Desk! Pipe Cleaner FliesThey were easy to make with materials I had on hand, so I wasn’t worried when they got bent out of shape, put in a little one’s mouth or went home, gripped in the small fingers of storytime regulasr. We sang a song about frog food and flew our flies all over.

Song: Shoo Fly

Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
I belong to somebody!

Song: Mm, Ah Went The Little Green Frog 
Mm, Nn went the little green frog one day. (make sign for frog)
(stick out tongue and catch food)
Mm, Nn went the little green frog!
Mm, Nn  went the little green frog one day.
And they all went mm, mm, nn!

BUT…….
We all know frogs go (clap) shana, na ,na, na
(clap) Shana, na, na, na,
(clap) Shana, na, na, na,
We know frogs go (clap) shana, na ,na, na.
They don’t go mm, mm, ah.

Action Song: Ring Around the Rosie (group forms a circle)
Ring (or skip or hop, etc.) around the rosie (move as a group to the left or right)
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down! (squat down on ground)

The cows are in the meadow (slap hands on floor while staying down on the ground)
Eating buttercups
Thunder, lightning,
We all jump up! (jump up)

Goodbye: Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the Clouds.  Tickle Your Toes.
Turn Around,
And Tickle Your Nose!Plastic Beads Reach down low. Reach up High.
Storytime’s over, wave goodbye!

Play: Stacking cups and large plastic snap/lock beads

Early literacy tip: Looking for different uses of one item encourages creativity and inventiveness, one of the skills that helps children be ready to learn. (Credit: The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards by Betsy Diamant-Cohen and Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting)