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

Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for BODY

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

10 hands flannelboard cropped name
10 Hands

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

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

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


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?

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

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