Blankets – Infant/Toddler Storytime

It’s been raining all day today!  For Southern California, that sure is exciting.  I feel like I may have missed the chance to do a rain themed storytime on a rainy day, but Blankets felt like a relevant topic today too.  I know I like to be curled up with a cozy blanket on a rainy day.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:
“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT:
The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh the Grand Old Duke of York (bounce baby on lap)
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up)
And he marched them down again. (bring baby back down to lap)
And when they’re up, they’re up. (lift baby up)
And when they’re down, they’re down. (bring baby down)
And when they’re only halfway up (lift baby up halfway)
Their neither up  (lift baby up all the way)
nor down. (bring baby back down to lap.)

MOVEMENT: Open, Shut Them

BOOK:
Fly Blanky Fly by Lewis
Fly, Blanky, Fly
by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri
This was a fun one because I had kids/caregivers act out and do the motions that the blanket does in the story.

MOVEMENT:

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT:
Roly Poly
(
to the tune of: “Frere Jacques”)
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down

Roly poly, roly poly
out, out, out
out, out, out
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
in, in, in
in, in, in

Roly poly, roly poly
fast, fast, fast
fast, fast, fast
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
slow, slow, slow
slow, slow, slow

I learned this rhyme from my colleague, but you can also see it done by the fabulous jbrary: https://youtu.be/oexBMxMKNFU

MOVEMENT:
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

FLANNELBOARD:

Blanket Colors
Blanket Colors Flannelboard

I once had a blanket.
It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was __________ (blue).

I once had a blanket,
The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (green).

I once had a blanket,
Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was _______ (yellow).

I once had a blanket,
At the foot of my bed.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (red).

MOVEMENT:

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

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds”

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:
Patricelli-Blankie
Blankie by Leslie Patricelli

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

 

Book: Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Book: Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum
Book: Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori
Book: Blankie by Ben Clanton (Board Book) (My library doesn’t have this one yet, but I’m adding it in here so I can remember to check it out for next time.)
Book: Blanket of Love by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes (Board Book)
Book: Blankies by Carol Thompson (Board Book)

ATTENDANCE: 4 people (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ Lamanda

*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

Blankets – Toddler Storytime

Sometimes when I’m ordering books, it seems like there is a whole crop of new books all on one topic.  It felt like there had been a lot of new ones about blankets lately, so that was the start of this storytime.  It was nice that the night before was rather chilly, and a good time to curl up with a blanket.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Fly, Blanky, Fly by Anne Margaret Lewis

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*

COUNTING SONG:*

Blankets

FLANNELBOARD:
Blanket Colors

I once had a blanket.
It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was __________ (blue).

I once had a blanket,
The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (green).

I once had a blanket,
Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was _______ (yellow).

I once had a blanket,
At the foot of my bed.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (red).

 

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

BOOK:

Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket
 by Tatyana Feeney
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:

“Cricket on the Roof” and “My Blanket” from Classical Baby: The Music Show

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
   
Oh, Brother by Kathy Mallat
Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum
Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori
Where Can it Be? by Ann Jonas
DVD: “3 Sheets to the Farzzle” from Farzzle Kiss

HOW IT WENT:
These stories didn’t work as well as I had hoped.  I don’t know if they were both too long, or not interactive enough, or because it was my first time reading them, but they both seemed to fall a little flat.  Maybe they would be better with a preschool audience instead of a toddler one.  I think if I were to do this theme again I would probably use Where Can It Be? and Kiki’s Blankie (which I used previously and seemed to work better).

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  45 people      11 am: 25 people

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

Blankets – Infant Storytime

The weather is turning colder, and it’s a nice time to snuggly up with a cozy blanket.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

BOOK:

Where Can It Be? 
by Ann Jonas

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Blanket Colors

I once had a blanket.
It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was __________ (blue).

I once had a blanket,
The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (green).

I once had a blanket,
Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was _______ (yellow).

I once had a blanket,
At the foot of my bed.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (red).

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

BOOK:

Dinosaur’s Binkit by Sandra Boynton

TICKLE: These Are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME:
Humpty Dumpty

Pattern and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses
And all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.

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

BOUNCE: Ladies Ride*

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 
Oh, Brother by Kathy Mallat

HOW IT WENT:
Blankets may not be the most dynamic theme out there, but I thought it worked pretty well.  I really liked Dinosaur’s Binkit as a read aloud, which was nice since I wasn’t sure it would work because of its size.  The stories were a little short this time, which is why I added the Ladies Ride bounce at the end.  Usually I would do that to music from the album Wiggleworms Love You by the Old Town School of Music, but I didn’t have that on hand so we did it acapella.

ATTENDANCE: 28 people

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