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.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems**
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley*
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won***
Thank You Bear by Greg Foley
Early Literacy Tip
Identifying different feelings helps build vocabulary and social/emotional skills.
Theme Extension Activities
Flannelboard: “Go Away, Big Green Monster”***
Flannelboard: “Thanks a Lot”***
Repeating Extension Activities
- The Elevator Song***
- Open, Shut Them**
- Put Your Hands Up High*
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear***
- This Is Big***
How It Went
The last storytime in a session is always a little sad, with kids “graduating” to the next level up. Somehow, I held it together and managed not to cry during “Thanks A Lot” which always makes me tear up a little bit. I had a parent thank me afterwards for doing “Go Away, Big Green Monster” since their child has been having difficulties with being scared at night. She loved the “go away!” as a coping skill.
This group loved telling The Pigeon “NOOO!” And the kids doing “Teddy Bear” was the cutest thing I had seen all week. But the best part was when a mom came up after storytime and asked me if I made all the flannelboards. She loved “Thanks A Lot” and I was able to give her the link to Mel’s Desk for the template!
“Hooray for Hat!” is the best book ever. Everyone participated so enthusiastically by cheering along. This time, I did get a little mushy during “Thanks A Lot”, but I managed to wipe the tear when I was changing flannel pieces and I don’t think anyone noticed. Lastly, this group was nothing but Pigeon’s sympathizers — they kept saying “yes!”