Toddlers: Messy and Clean

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



Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont**
Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator
Uh-Oh! by Rachel Isadora**

Early Literacy Tip
Ribbons are very versatile and can be almost anything. Today we are going to use our ribbons to show directions like up, down, in, and out.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Hot Dog! (Caspar Babypants)

Featured Track: #6 Messy Face

Flannelboard: Five Clean and Squeaky Pigs**

Flannelboard: Five Elephants in the Bathtub

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Roly Poly**
  • These Are the Colors**
  • This Is Big, Big, Big**
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom**

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
I was sick this morning and didn’t see my Monday class.

Thursday morning (9:30)
This group’s favorite book was definitely I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More. I invited the toddlers and caregivers to play along with the book and pretend to paint each other. It was really fun to see the interaction between the grown-ups and their kiddos. I loved the ribbons early literacy tip and thought that it was received well by caregivers.

Thursday morning (10:30)
Uh-Oh! was a big hit in this group because I asked caregivers to talk while I panned the book, talking about messes and whether or not our toddlers were still messy kids. I liked that this book talked about other uh-ohs/messes rather than just being dirty. This group was FASCINATED when I did the flannelboard “Five Clean and Dirty Pigs” — their faces lit up with amazement/glee when the pigs became suddenly dirty or clean.


  1. Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora | Top 100 Children's Books - April 10, 2017

    […] Another great source of diverse and inclusive board books are Rachel Isadora’s Peekaboo books. Perfect to incorporate into a baby or toddler storytime, with each page we follow baby in a game of “Peekaboo! I see…” The Peekaboo books can be incorporated into a morning or bedtime themed storytime for babies or toddlers. Recommended by School Library Journal and PBS Parents, these books are also recommended by the blogs A Mighty Girl and Jbrary. Katie recommends incorporating Rachel Isadora’s Uh Oh! into a messy/clean themed storytime for toddlers. […]

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