Siblings: Spring

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings 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



Rain, Rain Go Away by Caroline Jayne Church (Board)*
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek
Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott*

Early Literacy Tip
When you enjoy a book, let your children know that you like it and why. Sharing your enjoyment gives them a positive attitude about books.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Rockin’ Red*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “Giddy-up, Giddy-up”
Giddy-up, giddy-up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)
Credit: Reading With Red

Lift: “Tick Tock”*
Start by swaying baby from side to side
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock lift once
More verses: Two o’clock, three o’clock
Credit: My co-worker

Partnering: “Peek-a-Boo”*
Toddlers had scarves to hold between themselves and caregiver/baby to play peek-a-boo.
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
I see you! I see you!
I see your button nose and your tiny toes
Peek-a-boo! I see you!
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

We had two visiting families stop in for storytime today! It makes me so excited when new families discover our programming. Both of our books were equally successful this week and worked well. I do want to find a great transition activity that cues my toddlers to join their grown-ups though other than me just saying, “Find your grown-up” before I can segue into “Tick, Tock”. I think would help reduce the time spent re-directing my friends instead of sharing rhymes, songs, books. (Although that interaction is also important!)

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