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