Getting Dressed – Toddler Storytime

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*


Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*



How Do I Put It On?

Pattern and Song from 2′s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Adapted from the book How Do I Put it On? by Shigeo Watanabe

My friend bear wants to get dressed by himself.  But I think he may need your help.
He puts on his shirt.  (Place shirt flannelboard piece on bear’s legs.)
Is that where his shirt goes? (Wait for audience to respond No.)
NO?  Where does it go? (Wait for audience to respond)
Oh, over his head!  (Place shirt correctly on bear.)

Continue this with all the pieces of clothing untill bear is fully, and correctly, dressed.

Ok, so bear has his hat, shirt, pants, and shoes!  He is ready to go!

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music


Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling & Deborah Hembrook

 MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass


“Iggy Gets Dressed” from Baby’s First Word Stories: Get Dressed

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

Whose Shoes? by Margaret Miller
Which Hat is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
Time to Get Dressed! by Elivia Savadier
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin (must also make a flannelboard of this)
Hello, Sun! by Dayle Ann Dodds

How Do I Put it On? is one of my favorite flannelboard stories ever.  It’s so cute to see the kids chime in and tell you how you should correctly dress the bear.  I used to worry about making sure I had the wording correct from the book/flannelboard script, but now I just kind of play it by ear as we dress the bear together.  Plus, I think it’s one of my prettiest flannelboards.  I always think that Ella Sarah Gets Dressed will be too long to read to the kids, but they are usually pretty good with it.  Maybe because it captures a child’s mindset so well.  And this was my first time reading the new book Clotheslines Clues and that one went really well too!

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  39 people      11 am: 31 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

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