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

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