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.
Chew, Chew, Gulp by Lauren Thompson*
Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass***
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, & the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
Lunch by Denise Fleming***
Early Literacy Tip
Songs that focus on body parts and their actions increase children’s awareness of how different parts of the body can start specific movements. By using their muscles to make the motions in a song, children develop both their gross motor skill and body self-awareness.
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: Songs for Wiggleworms
Featured Track: “Peanut Butter and Jelly”***
Flannelboard: “Five Red Strawberries”***
Flannelboard: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”**
Repeating Extension Activities
- Dance Your Fingers*
- Roly Poly**
- Slowly, Slowly***
- These Are My Glasses**
- This Is Big, Big, Big***
- Wake Up Toes**
How It Went
I had such laughter from the group when Bear ate the five red strawberries off the flannelboard. This group did an amazing job listening today, which is not our normal. I gave out egg shakers during “Peanut Butter and Jelly” and the toddlers went to town shaking them. They shook so hard we couldn’t hear the music. But that’s life, I guess!
Thursday morning (9:30)
We got through two books again today, hooray! The kids and parents/caregivers had a great time singing today, so they will love next week’s theme. (Spoiler alert: it is music!) We had low attendance today though because it was negative twenty-eight degrees in Chicagoland. One of my little boys was the best ever at naming the fruits and veggies in “Edible Colors”.
Thursday morning (10:30)
My group was strangely subdued today, but that meant we read three books, of which “Edible Colors” was their favorite. The toddlers thought I was dancing CRAZY during “Peanut Butter and Jelly”, but I got lots of laughs. Their favorite rhyme of the day was “Roly Poly”.