Toddlers: Fall

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

Books

fall

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington*
Kitten’s Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson***
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe**

Early Literacy Tip
Imagination plays a critical role in problem solving and learning. You can nurture your child’s imagination by playing games. We do this in storytime with the flannelboard and other prop objects.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Whaddaya Think of That?***

Featured Track: #8 What Falls in the Fall?

Flannelboard: Five Little Apples***

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Egg Shakers Up***
  • Put Your Shaker On***
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Tick, Tock***

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
This was a wonky storytime. It was the first morning after the time change and my toddlers had NO IDEA what their bodies were telling them. It’s naptime, it’s snacktime, it’s playtime, why are we still in stories? If I had been smarter, I would have swapped with week’s theme with last week’s. Singing always creates a magical setting in storytime. This week, our biggest winner was rhymes and songs, that’s for sure!

Thursday morning (9:30)
Thankfully by Thursday, the time change had evened out and my kiddos were doing much better. This group really enjoyed looking for Minka in Mouse’s First Fall. I brought the book around the circle and let each of the toddlers take a turn trying to find Minka. This took a bit longer, but was a worthwhile experience. I really love seeing the journeys that each of my toddlers take throughout the seven week session. This group has mastered “Put Your Shaker On” and really enjoys hearing our shakers.

Thursday morning (10:30)
I had our Marketing Director in storytime this morning taking pictures. I thought it might be a distraction to my toddlers, but they were totally involved in storytime. I had two of my toddlers come up and interact with me and the book, I had great shakers and dancers, and tons of good clapping. Hopefully, we got some good pictures!

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