Spots and dots! We had fun with these two elements during our last Toddler storytime of the Winter session.
SONG: Welcome Song
MOVEMENT: “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Polka Dots”
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D. Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary. 1994.
Spectacular Spots written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale
MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
COUNT & RHYME SONG:
Counting time, it’s counting time
So let’s all sing a simple rhyme
Ten little ladybugs here we go
Let’s all count them as I put them in rows.
Ten little ladybugs, again we go
Now let’s count them nice and slow
Ten little ladybugs, in neat rows
Let’s count them as away they go
Dog’s Colorful Day
Based on the book Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd
Dog has an adventurous day! Each interaction he has gives him another color dot on his usually white fur.
MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass
“Spots” from Good Morning Maisy
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over
Book: Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
Book: Animal Spots and Stripes by Britta Teckentrup
Book: Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
Book: Spots: Counting Creatures from Sky to Sea by Carolyn Lesser, illustrated by Laura Regan
Book: Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri
Flannelboard: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs
GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
The Wielded Pen – Polka Dotty Monster – Flannel Friday
Storytime ABC’s – Flannel Friday: Monster Mania Fun
Storytimes and More – Spots and Dots Storytime
Literacious – Sensory Story Time Theme: Polka-Dots
Story Time Secrets – 12 Picture Books about Spots and Dots
THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I really liked this theme for storytime. I went back and looked at the list I keep of books that I think would work for infant or toddler storytimes, and I saw that I had Spectacular Spots on the list, but had never used it. Since I want to incorporate more nonfiction into my storytimes, it seemed like a fun one to use and there are a lot of other great spot and dot books to go along with it.
I thought Dog’s Colorful Day might be too long as a flannelboard, but I cut the storytelling down to bare bones, and it seemed to work ok.
ATTENDANCE: 10 am: 47 people 11 am: 28 people
* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page
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