Feet – Toddler Storytime

Feet are fun!  There are more books on this topic than I originally thought there would be.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Shoes
by Elizabeth Winthrop, illustrated by William Joyce

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Feet Flannelboard
Feet

FLANNELBOARD:
Counting Feet
Counting Feet Flannelboard 1Counting Feet Flanneboard 2
(template and pattern adapted by Jean Warren from an idea by Janice Bodenstedt, Jackson MI. from Totline Magazine March/April 1994. pg 24.)

How many boots should a duckling buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count her feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, Two.
Two new boots is what he should buy.
That will keep the duckling dry.
(Place boots on duckling and count again.)

How many boots should a bunny buy
To keep her feet nice and dry?
Let’s count her feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, two, three, four.
Four new boots is what she should buy.
That will keep the bunny dry.
(Place boots on bunny and count again.)

How many boots should a spider buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count his feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Eight new boots is what he should buy.
That will keep the spider dry.
(Place boots on spider and count again.)

I like to end this one by counting all the feet we have on the board, then having the kids say goodbye to each animal as I take them off the flannelboard.

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

10 am: Who Has These Feet?  by Laura Hulbert, illustrated by Erik Brooks
11 am: Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown

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

VIDEO:
Max and Ruby A Visit with Grandma DVD
“Ruby’s New Shoes” from Max & Ruby: A Visit with Grandma

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Book: This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington
Book: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Book: Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illustrated by Jane Porter
Book: Hello Toes!  Hello Feet! by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Book: Hooray for Feet! by Susan Pearson, illustrated by Rosanna Baer-Block

HOW IT WENT:
This was my first time using a big book (Shoes) during toddler storytime.  We do have a smaller version, but it really is a small book, so I thought it would be nice to use the big version.  It felt a little awkward holding the book, however, so I think I need to practice a bit more with it.  I noticed my regular storytime arm muscles were developed, but not my big book storytime arm muscles.  I just made the Counting Feet flannelboard last night, but I really love how that one turned out.  It was fun, the kids all got into the counting, and there was laughing at how silly the animals looked in boots.  With Who Has These Feet? I had to cut down the length of the book a bit, since the kids were a little restless.  For 11am I tried Dancing Feet! because I thought the actions might work a little better.  Turns out it did!  I still like Who Has These Feet? and its interactivity, though.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  44 people      11 am: 27 people

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

Feet – Infant Storytime

I’ve done a hands storytime, and I’ve done a body storytime, but I thought it was time to focus on feet!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

BOOK:

Busy Toes by C.W. Bowie, illustrated by Fred Willingham

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
Counting Feet
Counting Feet Flannelboard 1Counting Feet Flanneboard 2
(template and pattern adapted by Jean Warren from an idea by Janice Bodenstedt, Jackson MI. from Totline Magazine March/April 1994. pg 24.)

How many boots should a duckling buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count her feet and then we’ll know —
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, Two.
Two new boots is what he should buy.
That will keep the duckling dry.
(Place boots on duckling and count again.)

How many boots should a bunny buy
To keep her feet nice and dry?
Let’s count her feet and then we’ll know —
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, two, three, four.
Four new boots is what she should buy.
That will keep the bunny dry.
(Place boots on bunny and count again.)

How many boots should a spider buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count his feet and then we’ll know —
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Eight new boots is what he should buy.
That will keep the spider dry.
(Place boots on spider and count again.)

I like to end this one buy counting all the feet we have on the board, then having the kids say goodbye to each animal as I take them off the flannelboard.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:

Whose Feet?
by Jeannette Rowe

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
12BuckleMyShoeFlannelboard
Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

One, two buckle my shoe.
Three, four knock on the door.
Five, six pick up sticks.
Seven, eight lay them straight.
Nine, ten a big fat hen!

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Funny Feet by Liesbet Slegers
Book: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime, and I really like Busy Toes for all the diversity that the book includes.  Whose Feet? also worked extremely well — I wish that one was still in print, because our copy is a little worse for wear.  This time, I started a new bounce, but I didn’t bring my stuffed animal in to illustrate the bounce.  Last time the stuffed bear was there, one of the infants really wanted it and started crying.  But I think it works better to show with the animal, so I may try bringing it again next time I change up the bounce or tickle.

ATTENDANCE: 38 people

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

Valentine Hugs and Kisses – Toddler Storytime

Hugs and Kisses fit in so well to the Valentine theme that I usually end up combining them into one love-fest of a storytime.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

All Kinds of Kisses
by Nancy Tafuri

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

COUNTING SONG:*
10HeartsFlannelboard
Hearts

FLANNELBOARD:
This Valentine
This Valentine Flannelboard
(rhyme and pattern from Totline Magazine January/February 1999 pg 22)

This valentine is shaped like a square.
This valentine is shaped like a bear.
This valentine is shaped like a circle.
This valentine is colored purple.
This valentine is shaped like a rectangle.
This valentine is shaped like a triangle.
This valentine is shaped like a dove.
This valentine is made with love.

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

10 am: The Cuddle Book  by Guido Van Genechten
11 am: Mouse’s First Valentine by Lauren Thompson

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

VIDEO:
Little Bear's Band DVD
“Valentine’s Day” from Little Bear: Little Bear’s Band

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Book: Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Book: Baby Loves Hugs and Kisses by Michael Lawrence
Book: Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
Book: Snuggle Wuggle by Jonathan London
DVD: “Max’s Valentine” from Summertime with Max & Ruby
HOW IT WENT:
After adding in “Twinkle Twinkle” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider” last week, I decided that I was going to keep that in the storytime, and I think it worked really well.  It seemed to help calm down the children to have a really active movement (like Row, Row, Row) then follow it with a fingerplay to get them ready to then hear a story.  I think I will keep this in for this session, and then maybe look at expanding my fingerplay repertoire to other rhymes (though everyone seems to love these perennial favorites).  My 10am storytime was a little more wiggly than the 11 o’clock, which is why I picked a shorter book for the second reading.  Attendance was also a lot lower this week.  Maybe people had a three-day weekend and decided to extend it?

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  48 people      11 am: 29 people

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

Valentine Hugs and Kisses – Infant Storytime

I love doing Valentine’s Day storytimes for little ones, because there are so many great books about hugs and kisses and love.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: To Market To Market*

BOOK:

A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Little Valentines
Five Little Valentines Flannelboard
Five little valentines were having a race.
The first little valentine was frilly with lace.
The second little valentine had a funny face.
The third little valentine said, “I love you.”
The fourth little valentine said, “I do, too.”
The fifth little valentine was sly as a fox,
He ran fastest to the valentine box.

FLANNELBOARD:
This Valentine
This Valentine Flannelboard
(rhyme and pattern from Totline Magazine January/February 1999 pg 22)

This valentine is shaped like a square.
This valentine is shaped like a bear.
This valentine is shaped like a circle.
This valentine is colored purple.
This valentine is shaped like a rectangle.
This valentine is shaped like a triangle.
This valentine is shaped like a dove.
This valentine is made with love.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:

Baby Loves Hugs and Kisses
by Michael Lawrence

FLANNELBOARD:
Jack and Jill
JackandJillFlannelboard1 JackandJillFlannelboard2
Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Jack and Jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
and broke his crown.
And Jill came tumbling after.

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Valetine Friends by Prince
Book: Snuggle Wuggle by Jonathan London
Book: Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
Book: Valentine Friends by April Jones Prince
Book: The Cuddle Book by Guido Van Genechten

HOW IT WENT:
This was a good storytime.  I like Baby Loves Hugs and Kisses a lot, because it is not only about kissing mommy, but all family members.  Also, seeing the baby hug things is funny — Too bad it is no longer in print!  A Kiss Like This is also a complete winner.  The kids were being attentive, and since the books were rather short today, I threw in an extra flannelboard.  Fun!

ATTENDANCE: 34 people

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

Pigs – Toddler Storytime

Sometimes, it’s helpful to have a storytime theme in your back pocket that just is always a go to theme.  For me, that theme is often about my perfectly porcine pals – pigs.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

How Kind
by Mary Murphy

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

COUNTING SONG:*
10PigsFlannelboard
Pigs

FLANNELBOARD:
This Little Piggy
This Little Piggy Flannelboard

This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy cried,
“Wee Wee Wee” all the way home.

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

Piggy Pie Po by Audrey & Don Wood


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

VIDEO:

“Iggy’s Book” from Baby’s First Word Stories: Nighttime

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Book: Pepo and Lolo are Friends by Ana Martin Larranga
Book: Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martin Larranaga
Book: Piglet and Mama by Margaret Wild (or any others in the Piglet series)
Book: Z-Z-Zoink by Bernard Most
DVD: Any Peppa Pig video
HOW IT WENT:
I had a request to add in “Twinkle Twinkle” which is why you see that in this storytime.  I might keep it in, but move it to a different part of the program.  I think it might be good to add another calmer rhyme (like Twinkle Twinkle) after “Row Row Row Your Boat” because that one seems to get the kids really amped up and then it is hard for them to sit back down after that.  Will test it out next week and see how it goes.  How Kind is a great book, and I love the illustrations, but it didn’t seem to work as well at this time.   Will have to be on the lookout for more good pig toddler books.  At the start of today’s 10am storytime, one of the toddlers, a little girl, came out of the storyroom to where I was waiting in the Children’s Room for more families to arrive.  She took my hand, and proceeded to lead me back to the storyroom because she felt storytime needed to start RIGHT THEN.  It was pretty adorable.  It’s hard to not love your job when you get kids doing things like that. 🙂

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  51 people      11 am: 41 people

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

Pigs – Infant Storytime

Piggies are always fun storytime topic! And they are especially fun for infant storytime, because there are so many great rhymes and bounces involving pigs or “piggies” to do!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: To Market To Market*

BOOK:

Piggies by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
This Little Piggy
This Little Piggy Flannelboard

This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy cried,
“Wee Wee Wee” all the way home.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:

Pepo and Lolo are Friends
by Ana Martin Larranaga

FLANNELBOARD:
Dickery Dickery Dare
DickeryDickeryDareFlannelboard
Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

Dickery Dickery Dare,
A pig flew up in the air!
The man in brown
Soon brought him down.
Dickery Dickery Dare.

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martin Larranaga
Book: How Kind! by Mary Murphy

HOW IT WENT:
I really enjoyed this storytime, because there were so many ways of making it interactive.  When reading Piggies I encouraged all the parents to do the motions with their child.  We did Dickery Dickery Dare as a bounce where you lift the child up in the air.  And of course we did This Little Piggy as a fingerplay along with the flannelboard.  With all the bouncing and lifting, parents got a workout with their children today!

ATTENDANCE: 50 people

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

Rain – Toddler Storytime

When I did this storytime on Tuesday, I was thinking it would be a call to the weather gods.  Then it rained on Thursday!  Do I need to be worried about what my next storytime will result in two days later?

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book
by Nancy Tafuri

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Rainclouds Flannelboard
Rainclouds

FLANNELBOARD:
Color Umbrellas
Color Umbrellas Flannelboard

Five umbrellas stood by the back door.
The red one went outside, and then there were four.

Four umbrellas pretty as can be
The blue one went outside, and then there were three.

Three umbrellas with nothing to do
The green one went outside, and then there were two.

Two umbrellas not having much fun
The yellow one went outside, and then there was one.

One umbrella sad and all alone.
Decided to go join his friends and that none.

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

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles (for 10 storytime only)

BOOK:
RainyDayPuddlebyNakabayashi
10 am: Rain Dance by Kathi Appelt
11 am: The Rainy Day Puddle by Ei Nakabayashi

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

VIDEO:
ClassicalBabyTheDanceShow
“The Hippo Dance” and “Dancin’ in the Rain” from Classical Baby: The Dance Show

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Book:Rain by Manya Stojic
Book: Rabbits & Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
Book: Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
Book: The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na
Book: Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson
Book: Rainy Day! by Patricia Lakin

DVD: “Max’s Rainy Day” from Springtime for Max & Ruby

HOW IT WENT:
The kids just wanted to get up and move at today’s 10 am storytime, which is why I added the “My Wiggles” movement, and used the shorter book Rain Dance.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  51 people      11 am: 35 people

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