Toddlers: Bathtime

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

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Animal Baths by Bob Barner*
Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman*
Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka
Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont**

Early Literacy Tip

If your child dislikes bathtime, try to make it fun by singing a favorite song or playing with some toys.

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Clean and Dirty Pigs”**

Flannelboard: “Five Elephants in the Bathtub”*

Action Song: “This Is the Way”
This is the way we wash our arms
Wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms
When we’re in the bathtub.
(Legs, tummies, heads, hair)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes*
  • Open, Shut Them**
  • This Is Big*
  • Tick, Tock*
  • Two Little Blackbirds**

How It Went

I loved watching the kiddos “wash” themselves at storytime. We really got into making sure our hair was clean. Lots of kids and parents laughed at Miss Katie’s funny hair after our song. “Five Elephants In the Bathtub” went right over Tuesday’s class’s heads, so I skipped it for Thursday. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s favorite book was “Dini Dinosaur”.

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Flannel Friday: Counting Windows

Today’s Flannel Friday was inspired by Artistic Literacy — counting windows!

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These are so versatile — you can use them every time you do a “Five Little Whatsits” rhyme.

Protip: Craft stores often sell felt letters as stickers. Use them to your advantage when making this set!


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Babies: Baby’s Day

For more information on how I plan and prepare my baby storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the baby rhymes/bounces/lifts/etc., visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books
For baby time, my library passes out individual copies of board books to each caregiver/child pair. I typically keep two or three to the side of me in case a baby tries to grab my copy. I read face out; caregivers read to their children.

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I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy**
I See by Helen Oxenbury**
I Went Walking by Sue Williams*

Early Literacy Tip

Babies love to look at faces. In fact, they will focus their attention on faces longer than they will focus on anything else. Read books with faces in it!


Flannelboard: Shape Game

I temporarily taped the moon and star from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” together to represent the entirety of baby’s day. I also like that these are fairly simple shapes and also simple words for babies to hear. It’s a bit abstract, but it got the job done!

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep*
  • Icka Bicka Soda Cracker**
  • Open, Shut Them**
  • Round and Round the Garden**
  • Tick, Tock**

How It Went

Tuesday morning
I was so unbelievably nervous to do my very first baby time. I truly, truly had a great plan that was laid out to me by my co-worker. She spent a good deal of a day teaching me all the regular rhymes, songs, and bounces in her rotation and I had more than enough time to prepare. But still — that morning, I thought I might throw up. (True story: I get pretty bad “stage” fright.) But the babies welcomed me with open arms and caregivers were instrumental in making me feel comfortable and letting me settle in the routine. I left smiling from ear to ear.

Thursday morning
I was at PLA presenting, so another staff member filled in! I was already missing the babies!

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Shake, Shimmy, & Dance: 6/17

For the first time in our library’s history, we ran our own summer reading program — Make Some Noise! What better opportunity to do a bi-weekly music and movement dance party? This program was advertised for ages 0-7 and their families.

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The Plan

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Book
How Can You Dance? by Rick Walton
I liked that this book talked about dancing in different ways: tree waving in the breeze, leading/marching in a band, etc. It gave the kids new ideas on how to move and really increased their participation. I also liked that the illustrations were diverse.

Props
Activity Scarves!

The Playlist

Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Clap Your Hands — They Might Be Giants
Jumping & Counting — Jim Gill
We Are the Dinosaurs — Laurie Berkner Band
Wave Your Ribbons in the Air — The Wiggles
Twist & Shout — Old Town School of Folk Music
Let’s Go Fly a Kite — Georgiana Stewart
Very, Very Tall — Old Town School of Folk Music
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins

How It Went

For the first time in my life, “We Are the Dinosaurs” was a flop. The kids weren’t really into marching and I led a very small parade of only ten or so kids around the room. Luckily, the kids loved the scarves and I found that the parents really enjoyed “Twist and Shout”! My favorite memory of the day is three of my little girls shaking hands together during the closing song. Absolutely adorable!

(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)

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Toddlers: Things That Go

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

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Digger and Tom! by Sebastien Braun
Freight Train by Donald Crews**
I Love Trucks by Philemon Sturges*
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia**

Early Literacy Tip

Encourage your children to read informational books on topics that interest them. Things that go are a great bridge to non-fiction!

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Clickety-Clack”**

Flannelboard: “If You Have a Red Truck”**

Prop Song: “Where Is Pick-Up Truck?”**

Action Rhyme: “Hurry, Hurry”**
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (pretend to turn wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (pretend to turn wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (pretend to turn wheel)
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (ring bell)
(Turn the corner (lean over to one side, then the other), climb the ladder (pretend to climb), spray the water (pretend to spray a hose).)
Credit: Childhood

Action Song: “Driving Round In My Car”*
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom
(Go through red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Down By the Station”*
Down the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row
See the station master
Turn his little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot!
Off we go!
Credit: Childhood

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Dance Your Fingers*
  • Open, Shut Them**
  • Where Is Thumbkin?**

How It Went

This was the storytime week that I finally felt like I hit my toddler groove. I figured out to plan more movement than I had originally thought and I stopped trying to get to that third book. (Yeah…I don’t know what I was thinking either!) The kids at my library really enjoy the flannelboard, more than at my last library if you can believe that. Tuesday’s favorite book was “Freight Train” and Thursday’s was “Toot Toot Beep Beep”.

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Flannel Friday: Five Little Alligators

A quick laminated set of alligators for this Flannel Friday!

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This was a clipart alligator and I just made five of him/her. I used this in Alligators & Crocodiles storytime, with this rhyme from Esther Storytimes:

One little alligator swimming in a pool
Another comes along and now there are two
Two little alligators swimming by a tree
Another comes along and now there are three
Three little alligators swimming near the shore
Another comes along and now there are four
Four little alligators swim, splash, and dive
Another comes along and now there are five
Five little alligators having lots of fun
Mama calls, “It’s time for bed!” and now the fun is done!

It occurs to me as I write this post that these could also potentially be crocodiles because I have no idea what the difference between the two animals are! Maybe the clipart will work for both.


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Flannel Friday Round-Up 1/30

This week’s round-up will be using a linking tool again! Though it is a thumbnail version on the site, you still need to click through to see it since I’m a WordPress.com hosted blog.

Borrowing instructions that Andrea shared: To share your Flannel Friday post, please click “Add Your Link” by the cute blue frog. Please enter the URL for your post rather than your website and label your post as “Post Name (Blog Name)” i.e. “Rockets! (Storytime Katie)”

If there are any tech problems, you are more than welcome to leave a link in the comments if the linking tool doesn’t work! I’m keeping the linking tool open until midnight on Friday (Central time) since it’s ALA Midwinter and we could all use a little extra time. Looking forward to everyone’s amazing submissions!

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

The was a program from TWO years ago. I just wanted to make sure to post it during a good time for upcoming Seuss celebrations!

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!: a celebration of Seuss for ages 3-7 and their families.

Storytime

I read an abbreviated version of “One Fish, Two Fish” to start off the program. But personally, I find most Seuss books to be too long for a storytime situation. Then, I pulled out our brand-new (at the time) iPad.

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Dr. Seuss apps!
“The Cat In the Hat Camera”
“Dr. Seuss Band”
“Green Eggs and Ham”

Since I knew all the kids would want to play with the iPad the second it appeared, our first app was “Dr. Seuss Band.” It’s kind of like DDR for your finger. The kids had fun making noise, but this app would have been frustrating if I hadn’t spent time ahead unlocking some of the instruments and songs.

Next up, I let the app of “Green Eggs and Ham” play, but I turned the reader off so that I could read the story. The kids were giving me rapt attention, and many of the older ones joined in on the “I will not green eggs and ham, I will not eat them, Sam-I-Am!” chorus.

We took a break from the iPad to play The Lorax flannelboard game. I used a giant blow-up dice for this and the kids had a great time as we built the lorax.

Afterwards, it was time to take pictures with “The Cat In the Hat Camera” app. Lots of goofy face, lots of giggles.

Now, was it necessary to use the apps? No, not really. In previous years, we’ve done pictures with a stand-up Cat In the Hat and kids liked that just as much. But technology in my old library’s community was scarce and a lot of kids weren’t exposed to it at all. This was a chance to let them touch and play with an iPad and get them ready for school.

Craft & Games

The second half of the program involved a lot of options. Kids could decide to go to the table and make a Seuss craft:

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Or they could go Dr. Seuss bowling:

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Or they could sit down and read some of the few Dr. Seuss books that were in that day. Or they could play The Lorax dice game again. Or take their time and play with the apps.

Almost every kids chose to go bowling first, followed by the craft. A few kids trickled over to me for help with the apps and a few kids went ended up on the storytime rug with their own Dr. Seuss book.

Overall, everyone had a really great time at this program and I had started to plan our Seuss celebration for the next year — including buying “Thing One” and “Thing Two” decals for a co-worker and I to wear. Leaving my old library the week before the 2014 Seuss Celebration was one of the saddest things for me.

But I hope this gives you some ideas for your own Seuss celebration!

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Toddlers: Colors

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.**
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Meeow and the Blue Table by Sebastien Braun*
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin*

Early Literacy Tip

Children love to imitate their parents so you are the very best model for storytime participation!

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Dog’s Colorful Day*

Flannelboard: Maisy Mouse**

Folder Story: Scat the Cat**

Action Song: Driving Round In My Red Car*
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom
(Go through red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)
Credit: Childhood

Action Song: Rainbow Dancers*
Rainbow dancers let’s get ready
Hold your scarves nice and steady.
You’ll hear the colors of the rainbow.
Listen for your time to go.
Shake red…
Shake orange…
Shake yellow…
Shake green…
Shake blue…
Shake purple…
Red scarves turn around,
Orange scarves up and down.
Yellow scarves reach up high,
Green scarves fly, fly, fly.
Blue scarves tickle your nose,
Purple scarves touch your toes.
Everybody dance around,
Swirl your scarves up and down.
Shake purple…
Shake blue…
Shake green…
Shake yellow…
Shake orange…
Shake red…
Rainbow dancers dance around,
Scarves swirl up and down.
Our colorful dance is at an end.
Thank you, thank you, all my friends.
Credit: Storytime Fun

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes*
  • Open, Shut Them**
  • Tick, Tock*
  • Two Little Blackbirds**

How It Went

Colors is a great theme for toddlers — they get to hear a lot of wonderful vocabulary and color identification is a great skill to master before school. Tuesday’s favorite book was “Monsters Love Colors” and it’s a great book to incorporate movement during. Thursday’s favorite book was definitely “Brown Bear” — they are on the younger side of toddlerhood and definitely appreciated a book they were more familiar with. For both groups, Scat the Cat is a magical cat and I love doing that rhyme with kids.

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Flannel Friday: Butterfly Props

Even though I’m scheduling this post ahead of time (it’s actually 12/10 as I write this), I’m sure that it’s safe to say that I’m ready for spring. (I am not a winter person.)

So today’s post is looking ahead to warmer weather with some butterfly props.

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I made these ridiculously easy props for the kids to use while I sing “Flutter, Flutter”. I bought a set of foam shapes and some self-stick popsicle sticks and a few minutes later, boom, prop! Words to the song are below:

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the spring sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the spring sky

The kids love having their own way to act out the song, especially if I’m using one of my butterfly finger puppets at the same time!


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