Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Toddler Storytime

Start here to see what Toddler Storytime is all about.

Welcome Songs:

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

Sing to each child, using their name for "you"

Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping!
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Way up high in the apple tree, (both arms in the air)
Two red apples did I see. (both hands in fists in air)
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (shake all over)
And down came the apples – (fists fall down to floor)
Mmm, they were good! (rub stomach – yummy motion)

Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a rail;
Niddle, naddle, went his head,
Wiggle, waggle, went his tail.

Ring around the Rosy
A pocket full of posy
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down

Jiē tóu xiàng wěi mài yóu tiáo
Mài lái mài qù mài bú diào
Huā lā lā lā lā lā biàn chéng lăo yóu tiáo

Translation: Doughnuts for sale along the streets/All day he couldn’t sell them/Hua la la la la la, they all got stale. From Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages by Faye-Lynn Wu

Book:

Hooray for Truckmice! Wong Herbert Yee

This book (sadly) seems to be out of print, but I love it for its bright colors, rhyming text, and introduction to all sorts of trucks, all driven by adorable little mice.

Rhymes:

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Book:

One Hot Summer Day Nina Crews

The problem with ordering multiple copies the week before you use them is this happens. It's 80 degrees out and you're in the middle of a heat wave so you order a book about summer. And then the heat breaks and you read a book about a hot summer day when it's gray and in the 40s.


But that's OK, because it's One Hot Summer Day. While there is not much text per page, this one may be a little long for this age group. I love it because of it's descriptions of a hot day in the city, the photograph collage illustrations, and the African-American protagonist. It's pretty much made of win, but what else do you expect from Nina Crews?

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

This little cow eats grass,
This little cow eats hay.
This little cow drinks water,
This little cow runs away!
And this little cow does nothing, but just lies down all day.
We’ll chase her, we’ll chase her, we’ll chase her away!

With baby’s thumb representing the first little cow, lightly wiggle each finger in turn. When you get to the last cow (and pinkie finger), tickle it and run your fingers up to the top of baby’s shoulder—also fun to do with toes!


Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And mouth and ears and eyes and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

If baby is old enough, have him or her point to each body part. If baby is still to young, touch each body part while singing.

Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows, Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows

Point to the mentioned body parts—Toes and knees for Tony, Chest and Head for Chestnut and nose and eyes for Knows I.


This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Song:

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

We shake our maracas as we dance and sing along to the CD.

Book:

What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites Tad Hills

I always forget that this isn't the best book for storytime. It's just pairs of opposites, BUT! It's Duck and Goose and I love Duck and Goose and most of their other books work so well for storytime that every year or so I forget. Ah well.

Closing:

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you

Sing to each child, using their name instead of "you"




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