Siblings: My Body

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



Show Me! by Tom Tracy (Board)*
All of Me! by Molly Bang (with some pages clipped)
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (Board)*

Early Literacy Tip
If we always place objects in a child’s right hand, we unconsciously encourage right-handedness. By alternating hands, we give our children a chance to experience use of both hands.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Props: “Put Your Finger On” (bean bags)

Bounce: “A Smooth Road”*
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road (bounce baby gently)
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road (bounce baby faster)
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road (bounce baby faster)
A hole! (drop baby gently between your knees)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”*
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby)
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, I love you! (hugs and kisses)
Credit: Co-worker

Partnering: “These Are Baby’s Fingers”*
Toddlers were asked to first find baby’s fingers, toes, and belly button. Then they touched each body part during the rhyme and ended with a tickle for baby and a tickle from caregiver to toddler.
These are baby’s fingers (touch fingers)
These are baby’s toes (touch toes)
This is baby’s belly button (touch stomach)
Round and round it goes! (tickle)
Credit: Co-worker

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

This was a great session to close out with. My toddlers are always so proud when they can identify their body parts and this theme gives a chance to partner with their baby sibling the whole storytime instead of just during the targeted baby/toddler activity. I will miss these kiddos and the program is kind of up in the air as to whether or not it will be back in the fall. Maybe of my toddlers will be old enough for our preschool time by then! Stay tuned!

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