Families: Toys

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



Found by Salina Yoon
Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney*
Ten in the Bed by Jane Cabrera*
Train by Judi Abbot

Early Literacy Tip
Scientific studies of the brain suggest that a child’s natural approach to learning is through play.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: “Ukulele Baby” The Wiggles*

Featured Track: #22 Toy Box*

Flannelboard: Big, Bigger, Biggest

Flannelboard: Ten Teddy Bears*

Props: “Where Is Truck?”*

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Hands Are Clapping
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes*
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Mister Sun
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Thumbkin
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Wheels on the Bus

How It Went

I thought I had great transitions today. We went from “Llama Llama Time to Share” to “Ten Teddies” to “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” (sharing to sharing/body parts to body parts). One patron brought friends and came up to tell me that she phoned the library to rave about me. (The comment won a co-worker our monthly “Listening Post” award!) Another mom commented that she doesn’t know how I have so much energy!


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