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

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