Dads – Toddler Storytime

I presented this storytime as the second one in the 2015 Summer Session on June 23,   2015.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*


Mighty Dads
 by Joan Holub, pictures by James Dean

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

10 Ties Flannelboard Logo Cropped
10 Ties

D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 1 Logo Cropped D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 2 Logo Cropped D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 3 Logo Cropped
Idea taken from What Happens in Storytime.

There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
And Daddy is his name-o

For the next verse, replace the D with a hand to represent a clap.
There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
And Daddy is his name-o.

Repeat until you are clapping for all 5 letters.

There are also other ways you can start this song:
I have the best father in the world… (from What Happens in Storytime)
I have a very special friend…
There is a man who I love… (from Briggs, Toddler Storytimes II)

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


Faster! Faster!
 by Leslie Patricelli

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


“Knuffle Bunny” from Knuffle Bunny … and more great childhood adventure stories!

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*


Book: Where’s My Daddy? adapted from a story by Shigeo Watanabe, pictures by Uasuo Ohtomo (This would also make a great flannelboard as seen in Diane Briggs’s Toddler Storytimes II)
Book: My Dad by Anthony Browne
Book: Oh, Daddy! by Bob Shea
Book: Daddy Hug by Tim Warnes, illustrated by Jane Chapman
Book: Daddies by Lila Prap
Book: Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney (this might work better for preschool, though)
Movie: “Daddy Loses his Glasses” from Peppa Pig: Flying a Kite and other stories

I really liked Mighty Dads and it seemed to keep the kids’s attention.  I would use it again for a dad storytime, or a construction themed one.

After some talk on the Storytime Underground Facebook Page about using ties as a representation of Fathers, I did think twice about using the flannelboard ties as a counting item for this storytime.  I did preface it with the fact that not all Dads wear ties, but maybe ?I should consider using a different symbol next time around.  Maybe a heart?

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  40 people      11 am: 34 people

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

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