Toddlers: Spring

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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Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek
Here Comes the Rain by Mary Murphy
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

Early Literacy Tip

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” is more than a fun song — it describes the natural world. It explains in simple terms what happens when it rains.

Theme Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Raindrops/Umbrellas”**

Puppets: “Five Little Bunnies”**

Puppets: “Flutter, Flutter Butterfly”**
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
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (Website has been updated and no longer links correctly)

Action Rhyme: “Rain Is Falling Down”*
The rain is falling down (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap once loudly)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs softly)
The rain is falling down (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap once loudly)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs softly)
[Repeat until kids are worn out.]
Credit: Modified from King County Library System

Song: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” (Three ways)**
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again
(Teensy weensy spider & great big hairy spider)
Credit: Childhood; extensions learned in library school

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Open, Shut Them**
  • Two Little Blackbirds*

How It Went

I had to flop some themes around so that we’d be doing spring storytime when it actually felt like spring. (Oh, Chicago.) The kids adored singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” three ways — lots and lots of laughs. They also seemed to be mesmerized during “Flutter, Flutter Butterfly”. Tuesday’s favorite book was definitely “Butterfly, Butterfly” with it pop-up ending and Thursday really liked “Here Comes the Rain”.

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