Toddlers: My Body

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



The Body Book by Shelley Rotner
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle***
My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh***

Early Literacy Tip
By developing an awareness of the designs and shapes that bodies can make as well as where their bodies are in space, children also gain an awareness of others and the world around them.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Rockin’ Red (The Learning Groove)***

Featured Track: #13 Hip Hop Body Rock***

Flannelboard: “Me and My Body”***

Props: Egg Shakes (with featured track)***

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Elevator Song***
  • Open, Shut Them***
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***

How It Went

Tuesday morning
We had really great dancing by all the kids but particularly a few in the middle of the carpet. This was an overall wonderful theme and one of those storytimes that was just an almost perfection execution of a plan.

Thursday morning (9:30)
I had a kiddo really respond to my redirection today. I asked him to help pass out shakers and to point to his body and it really brought him back into storytime. Kids were excellent with the Hip Hop Body Rock and with clean-up too. Both books were awesome and I desperately want another book like “From Head to Toe”. Also, one of my toddlers said her name for the first time in class!

Thursday morning (10:30)
After our flannelboard, kids had trouble settling back down, so I went around the circle for high fives, but I would give them if the kids went back by their caregivers. It worked like a charm! This class had excellent caregiver involvement with finding body parts on the kids. Another awesome theme execution!

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