Since this storytime was the same week as my last infant and toddler storytimes, I just decided to carry on with the Spots and Dots Theme I used for those, but change it up slightly.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music
Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd
I’m a Little Ladybug
I’m a little ladybug on the go (fly finger around)
Landing on an arm and then an elbow (touch arm, then elbow)
See me fly around and around your hand (circle hand with finger)
Then watch as on your thumb I land (touch ladybug finger to thumb)
Five Green and Specked Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a hollow log
Eating the most delicious bugs.
One jumped into the pool (remove one frog from the flannelboard)
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs.
Count down until there are no more frogs left.
MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi
MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*
Press Here by Hervé Tullet
MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*
“The Most Wonderful Egg in the World” from Giggle, Giggle, Quack …and more Funny Favorites. Based on the book written and illustrated by Helme Heine
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: Abigail by Catherine Rayner
Book: Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman
Book: Spots in a Box by Helen Ward
Book: Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
Flannelboard: Pretty Ladybug
Video: “Giraffes Can’t Dance” from Shrinking Violet… and More Stories for Young Performers based on the book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Video: “The Dot” from The Dot…and More Stories to Make You Feel Good based on the book by Peter H. Reynolds (I think this would work better with school aged audiences, but putting it here so I remember)
GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
slc book boy – The Most Wonderful Egg in the World Flannelboard
Jen in the Library – Spots and Dots – Infant Storytime
Jen in the Library – Spots and Dots – Toddler Storytime
HOW IT WENT:
I love that there are enough books on this topic that you could do it for such a wide range of ages. Plus enough additional materials to make it work too. You could also add in books on any type of animal with dots – cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, etc. Yay for variety.
This was my first time reading Press Here in a group setting, and I wasn’t exactly sure how it would go. I did have a gaffe where I pressed a dot to my left, instead of to the audience’s left, so I need to make sure and remember that the next time I tell the story. It did make a few kids want to come up and touch the pages, but for the most part having the kids do the activities with me from their seats worked just fine. I would use it again.
ATTENDANCE: 30 (adults and children)
*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