Pandas – Toddler Storytime

Fun facts:

  1. Pandas love reading the newspaper.
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  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

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.

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

10 Pandas Flannelboard name
10 Pandas

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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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