Pandas – Toddler Storytime

Fun facts:

  1. Pandas love reading the newspaper.
    FFFFOUND! | Panda Reading Newspaper.jpg 268×400 pixels(photo from weheartit.com)
  2. Pandas make a fun toddler storytime theme!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for BEAR
asl - bear
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
Please Mr Panda by Antony
Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Pandas Flannelboard name
10 Pandas

FLANNELBOARD:
P-A-N-D-A
P-A-N-D-A flannelboard 1 nameP-A-N-D-A flannelboard 2 nameP-A-N-D-A flannelboard 3 name
There is a bear that likes bamboo
and Panda is its name-o
P-A-N-D-A
P-A-N-D-A
P-A-N-D-A
and Panda is its name-o.

(Turn over the letter P so that the panda side is showing.  Let everyone know when they see the Panda they should clap.)

There is a bear that likes bamboo
and Panda is its name-o
Clap-A-N-D-A
Clap-A-N-D-A
Clap-A-N-D-A
and Panda is its name-o.

Continue until all Pandas face out and you are clapping for the whole song.

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

BOOK:
Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Saltzberg
Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

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

VIDEO:
Playtime Maisy DVD
“Playhouse” and “Panda Play Song” from  Play Time Maisy

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Playdate for Panda by Dahl Panda Big and Panda Small by Cabrera Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See by Carle If you were a Panda Bear by Minor Five Hungry Pandas by Barad-Cutler Panda Went Over the Mountain Flannelboard name  Max and Ruby's Halloween DVD

Book: Playdate for Panda by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Book: Panda Big and Panda Small by Jane Cabrera
Book: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
Book: If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell and Florence Minor
Book: Five Hungry Pandas! by Alexis Barad-Cutler, illustrated by Kyle Poling
Flannelboard: The Panda Went Over the Mountain
DVD: “Ruby’s Panda Prize” from Max & Ruby’s: Halloween

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Pandas turned out to be a better them than I first thought it might.  I think reading both those books might have been too long for the toddler attention spans, though — next time I might pick one and then choose a shorter option from my additional materials list.  The flannelboard worked really well though.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  44 people      11 am: 43 people

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

Pandas – Infant Storytime

Pandas. are. adorable.  And fun for storytime!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “BEAR”
asl - bear
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
Panda Big and Panda Small by Cabrera
Panda Big and Panda Small
 by Jane Cabrera

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Panda Went Over the Mountain Flannelboard name
The panda went over the mountain
The panda went over the mountain
The panda went over the mountain
To see what she could see.

But all that she could see
But all that she could see
Was the other side of the mountain
The other side of the mountain
The other side of the mountain
Was all that she could see.

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
Five Hungry Pandas by Barad-Cutler
5 Hungry Pands! by Alexis Barad-Cuter, illustrated by Kyle Poling

TICKLE: See the Little Mousie*

NURSERY RHYME:
Jack Be Nimble Flannelboard
Jack Be Nimble
(from Little Folk Visuals)
Jack Be Nimble
Jack Be Quick
Jack Jumped Over the Candlestick (lift baby up)

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:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Playdate for Panda by Dahl
Book: Playdate for Panda by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal

HOW IT WENT:
Pandas was a fun theme for storytime — I’d like to think it’s infant appropriate since it’s the vivid colors of black and white.  Unfortunately, our library didn’t have quite as many books at the ready for infants about pandas, but I’m really glad I found Panda Big and Panda Small – it read well and got a large “aawwww” from the parents at the end.  Most of the books from this DK Toddler Story Book series are pretty good.

It was a small group this week.  I need to add some more people from the wait list.

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and kids)

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

Flowers – Preschool Storytime

This weekend, my library is the site of our community’s Garden Club flower show!  So, around the library we have lovely floral displays featured.

garden club 1 garden club 2 garden club 3 garden club 4 garden club 5

It seemed if ever there was a time to do a flowers theme, this was it.

 

 

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Jump Jump” from I’m a Rock Star by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

BOOK:
FransFlower
Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

SONG/MOVEMENT:
The Gardener Plants the Seeds
(to the tune of: The Farmer in the Dell)

The gardener plants the seeds. (pretend to put a seed in the ground)
The gardener plants the seeds.
Heigh-ho, let’s watch it grow,
The gardener plants the seeds.

Other verses:
The rain begins to fall… (move your hands down & wiggle fingers like rain)
The sun begins to shine… (open and close hands to form finger “rays”)
The plant begins to grow… (hands together, move upwards)
The bud opens up… (hands, palms together, move palms apart a bit)
The flower smiles at me… (big smile)

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Pretty Flowers
5 pretty flower flannelboard cropped name
(from FingerTales by Joan Hilyer Phelps)

 

5 (4, 3, 2, 1) pretty flowers
In the meadow grew.
“Hmmm,” I said
“I bet they smell pretty too!”
I bent down to sniff (sniff big)
But they ticked my nose!
Ah-CHOO!  (sneeze really big)
Oh, no!
Away one flower blows. (Remove one flower.)

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs by Raffi

MOVEMENT: Grandma’s Spectacles*

BOOK:
Planting a Rainbow by Ehlert
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

SONG/MOVEMENT:
I’m a Little Green Weed
(to the tune of: “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little green wee (crouch down)
growing fast! (stand up quickly)
I’m hiding in the garden (cover head)
but it won’t last. (shake head no)
Someone’s going to find me (hands over eyes, searching)
and give a SHOUT. (Cover hands over mouth on shout & say it louder)
Then bend right over (bend down)
and pluck me out. (Pretend to pull weed)

VIDEO:
20 Stories for Spring DVDMy Garden by Henkes
“My Garden” based on the book by Kevin Henkes from 20 Stories for Spring

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Flower Garden by BuntingNo No Gnome by Ashlyn AnsteeSunflower by FordTen Seeds by BrownWhat Does Bunny See by ParkCurious Garden DVD

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt
Book: No, No, Gnome! by Ashlyn Anstee
Book: Sunflower by Miela Ford and Sally Noll (good for toddlers, too)
Book:Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown (good for toddlers, too)
Book: What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park, pictures by Maggie Smith (good for toddlers, too)
Flannelboard: 
Movie: “The Curious Garden” from The Curious Garden …and More Stories About Nature.

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Storytime Katie – Garden!
Mel’s Desk – Baby Storytime : Flower Garden
Literary Hoots – Flower Storytime
Literary Commentary – Storytime – Flowers
Miss Meg’s Storytime – Dig Into Reading: Gardening (Toddlers)

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:

Flowers were a really fun theme!  Both books worked really well.  Since a lot of the kids today were wiggly, it was also good to have the two songs with motions as well.  I was surprised at how they seemed to like doing “I’m a Little Green Weed”. That one turned out to be more fun than I thought it would be.  Also, the kids seemed to enjoy sneezing along with the flannelboard – one little boy laughed delightedly every time!

It was a large crowd today.

ATTENDANCE: 56 (adults and children)

*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page

My Body – Toddler Storytime

Today we shared books and stories that identified and got different parts of us moving!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for BODY

BOOK:
We've all got bellybuttons by Martin
We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin, illustrated by Randy Cecil’

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 hands flannelboard cropped name
10 Hands

FLANNELBOARD:
Here Comes Little Bird
little bird flannelboard 1 cropped name little bird flannelboard 2 cropped name little bird flannelboard 4 cropped name
(Pattern and Rhyme taken from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell)

Here comes little bird
He’s landing on your HEAD.
Bye bye little bird.
Bye! Bye! Bye!

To this rhyme, I added a little bit.  After we identified where the bird landed I something along the lines of, “Do you want a bird on your foot?  No?  Ok, let’s shake him off!”  Then we shook that body part and the felt bird flew off the felt girl, only to land a moment later on a different body part.

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

BOOK:
Nose to Toes you are yummy by Harrington
Nose to Toes, You are Yummy! by Tim Harrington

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

VIDEO:
Classical Baby The Music Show DVD
“Baby’s Hands”, “Baby Steps” and “Musical Faces” from Classical Baby: The Music Show

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Toes Earys and Nose by BauerMy Nose Your Nose by WalshAll of Me by BangCanYouMakeAScaryFacebyThomas Elmo has Two DVD

Book: Toes, Ears & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Karen Katz
Book: My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh
Book: All of Me! A Book of Thanks by Molly Bang (I might use the paperclip trick to shorten this one for toddlers though.)
Book: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
DVD: “Feet” from Elmo’s World: Elmo Has Two! Hands, Ears & Feet
Flannelboard: Where is Your Bellybutton?

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
This was a really fun storytime.  I love all the movement and fun that comes along with books about body parts.  This was my first time reading Harrington’s Nose to Toes… and it basically begs to be sung instead of read, so I did that.  While you can find the official song that goes with the book here, I just used my only melody and did what felt right for me for the story.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  40 people      11 am: 46 people

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

My Body – Infant Storytime

Body themes are so much fun because you can use great, interactive books!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: Trot Trot to Boston*
Trot, trot to Boston (Bounce child gently on lap
Trot, trot to Lynn.
Look out baby
Don’t fall in! (gently let baby “fall” between your legs)

SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “BODY”

BOOK:
Toes Earys and Nose by Bauer
Toes, Ears, & Nose! A Lift-the-Flap Book by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Karen Katz

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

FLANNELBOARD:
little bird flannelboard 1 cropped name little bird flannelboard 2 cropped name little bird flannelboard 3 cropped name
(Pattern and Rhyme taken from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell)

Here comes little bird
He’s landing on your HEAD.
Bye bye little bird.
Bye! Bye! Bye!

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
Look at the Baby by Johnson
Look at the Baby by Kelly Johnson

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: “My Little Hands” from Diaper Gym: Fun Activities for Babies on the Move by Priscilla Hegner & Rose Grasselli

MOVEMENT:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Piggies by WoodWe've all got bellybuttons by Martin
Book: Piggies by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
Book: We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Flannelboard:  Where is Your Belly Button?

 

HOW IT WENT:
So, I went to do a different tickle this week, and…. my brain just stopped.  I totally forgot the words.  I started the tickle and then nothing.  I laughed it off, and we just did the same tickle we’ve been using for the past three weeks, but it was a little embarrassing.  However, it can happen, and you’ll be fine!  The parents laughed, but with me and not at me.  However, it did leave me flustered enough that I forgot to do a Nursery Rhyme Flannelboard!  I promised to practice and come back with the new one next week.

All the books worked really well in this storytime.  Thank goodness for lap-sized board books – because I can read things like Toes, Ears & Nose with a group and have it be large enough to see.

ATTENDANCE: 47 people (adults and kids)

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

Books, Reading and Libraries! – Toddler Storytime

Happy National Library Week!  All our toddlers and caregivers who came to storytime were celebrating without even knowing.  I used our theme this week to honor it.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for BOOK and LIBRARY

BOOK:
Book by GeorgeLola Loves Stories by McQuinn
10 am: Book! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
11 am: Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Books Flannelboard cropped name
10 Pigs

FLANNELBOARD:
Wiggleworm, Wiggleworm
Wiggleworm Wiggleworm Flannelboard cropped name
(taken from itsybitsymom – Thanks for sharing this great idea!)

Hide the worm behind one of the books before you start.  Then say this rhyme:

Wiggleworm, wiggleworm, hiding in a book.
Wiggleworm, wiggleworm, where should we look?

Then ask for the color of the book and look under to see if the worm is there!

We played this two different ways – first I recited them rhyme, had the kids tell me the color of the book, and we peeked underneath.  Repeat until the worm was discovered.  After that, the worm wanted to hide in another book and, without the rhyme, I just had the kids tell me different colors to look under.  I played stupid asking if blue was green, etc.  It was fun both ways!

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

BOOK:
Books Always Everywhere by Blatt
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt, illustrated by Sarah Massini

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

VIDEO:
peppa pig school bus trip dvd
“The Library” from Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Four Friends Together by Heap Baby Bear's Books by Yolen Lola at the Library by McQuinn i like books by browne Books for Me by FliessBaby's First Word Stories Nighttime DVD

Book: Four Friends Together by Sue Heap
Book: Baby Bear’s Books by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Book: Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Book: I Like Books by Anthony Browne
Book: Books for Me by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Mike Laughead
DVD: “Iggy’s Book” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Nighttime
Flannelboard: Five Little Books

OTHER HELPFUL BLOG POSTS:
Storytime Katie: Flannel Friday – Five Little Books
YSO Storytime: Libraries
Rebecca Person – Atlee Branch, Pamunkey Regional Library: Five Little Bunnies Flannelboard, Snuggle up with a Book
What Happens in Storytime: Flannel Friday – Five Little Books

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Reading books about books and reading seems pretty meta.  This was a fun theme with lots to do.  The kids seemed to enjoy the Wiggleworm flannelboard – and, of course, they always have fun when they are smarter than you are (like with the color naming).

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  43 people      11 am: 41 people

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

Books & Reading – Infant Storytime

It’s National Library Week!  Even infants should celebrate it, so we read books and stories about books and stories!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: To Market, To Market*

SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “BOOK”  & sign for “LIBRARY”

BOOK:
My Book Box by Hillenbrand
My Book Box by Will Hillenbrand

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Little Books
5 Little Books cropped name
(Rhyme taken from Toddle on Over by Robin Works Davis)

Five little books, sitting on a shelf.
Look inside, and see a little elf.
Four little books, all in a row.
Look inside, and see it start to snow.
Three little books, still on the shelf.
Can you take one, and read it to yourself?
Two little books, left on the pile.
Find one now, and read it with a smile.
One little book, all that is there.
Found itself a reader, who was happy to share.

As we said this rhyme, I encouraged parents to do similar movements to “This Little Piggy” on their baby’s fingers or toes.

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
i like books by browne
I Like Books by Anthony Browne

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Little Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep Flannelboard 1 Little Bo Peep Flannelboard 2
Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone
And they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them.

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:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book by George
Book: Book! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
Flannelboard:  Wiggleworm, Wiggleworm

OTHER BLOGS TO CHECK OUT:

 

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime theme, and I especially liked showing the families the ASL signs this week because I knew they were something that they could use together.

ATTENDANCE: 37 people

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