How I wonder…All about my body!

It’s always good to see my friends at the library! I’m sad to say that NEXT WEEK will be our LAST STORYTIME of the season…but I hope that everyone will join us for our super fun summer reading program at the library starting June 26! See you next week!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!

Stories Shared:
Head to Toe by Eric Carle
My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh
Here are my Hands by Bill Martin
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Busy Toes by C.W. Bowie

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Fun with Hands
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
Skidamarink

Bonus Song:
Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Lyrics and Melody can be found here. Miss Jennifer made the song extra silly by wearing pantyhose on her head and pretending the “legs” were her ears! We only sang the first verse.)

Music:
Sharon, Lois & Bram: Mainly Mother Goose
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

Mother's Day

Hooray for Moms! After storytime today, we made a flower craft. We used green popsicle sticks, paper flower/leaf cut-outs and homemade green playdough. We made little flowers, and then stuck them inside a small cup using the playdough. I’ll include the recipe down below. My first batch turned out great…but the next two batches were too sticky…hmm. I used a different bag of flour for the last 2, so I am wondering if a certain type of flour works better for this particular recipe. (There are a few different no-cook and cooking recipes searchable via the Web.)

I also wanted to let everyone know that the rhymes that we use each week (the ones on the sheets that I pass out) are now available on this site. They’re listed as “Toddler Storytime Rhymes” under Pages on the sidebar. I hope to eventually include some sound recordings of some of the rhymes as well.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Cackle, Cackle, Mother Goose
Cackle, cackle, Mother Goose,
Have you any feathers loose?
Truly have I, pretty fellow,
Quite enough to fill a pillow.

Stories Shared:
My Very First Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? By Eric Carle
Mommy Doesn’t Know My Name by Suzanne Williams
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Five Little Ducks
Blackbirds
Round and Round the Garden
Skidamarink
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Bonus Rhyme:
Silly Hat Song
(Tune: This Old Man)
On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.]

Music:
Music for Little People: Toddler Favorites
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (I am a Fine Musician)

Playdough:
3 cups four
1/3 cup salt
2 tbsp oil (vegetable)
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix dry ingredients with oil. Add food coloring to water and mix together. Add water to flour/salt/oil mixture slowly (about 1/4 cup at a time) and mix together with a spoon. Once you’ve added all the water, knead the dough with your hands.

One for the Money…and Lots of Ducks!

Who do you think would win the race: Duck or Crocodile?? Well, at today’s storytime, Duck won the race! So, in his honor, we had a storytime all about DUCKS! It was just ducky!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
One for the Money
One for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
And Four to go!

Stories Shared:
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Mucky Duck by Sally Grindley
Ducks, Ducks, Ducks by Carolyn Otto

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Down on Grandpa’s Farm
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Five Little Ducks
I’m a Little Teapot
Skidamarink

Music:
Bob McGrath: Bob’s Favorite Street Songs (includes a version of Rubber Ducky)
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (Hokey Pokey)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

We love bears at storytime! We also love dancing the “Silly Dance Contest”! We were dancing so silly that a flower from Miss Jennifer’s hat came off! It’s okay, though, because she fixed her hat right away:)

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Shine your shoes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Read the news.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn out the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Say Goodnight.

Stories Shared:
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears photos by William Winburn

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Beehive
Round and Round the Garden
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Fun with Hands

Bonus Song:
“The Bear Went Over the Mountain”
One version of song can be found here

Music:
Bill Shontz: Teddy Bear’s Greatest Hits
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

NEW Storytime Resources Page

Hello Everybody, How Do You Do?

I just finished writing a new page for my blog. Under Pages, you’ll find “Storytime Resources”. Here, I share my favorite books and websites that I use for storytime planning including resources on program planning, puppets, flannels, props, nursery rhyme coloring sheets, Mother Goose, music, storytelling and early literacy. Throughout the years, I’ve received many questions from parents, teachers and fellow librarians about where I purchase my “toys”, how I get my ideas, and where one can find out more about early language development. Hopefully, this new page will help answer some questions and also inspire more fun with language. Storytime is a wonderful way to help get young children excited about books, reading and learning…not to mention it’s a lot of fun! I am sure that I will continue to update this Resources page as new resources come to my attention.

Catch a Tiger…at the ZOO!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

Stories Shared:
Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand
Whose Baby am I? by John Butler
Zoo Animals 123 by Rebecca Fjelland Davis
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Skidamarink
Blackbirds
Round and Round the Garden

Bonus Rhyme:
“Five Elephants in a Bathtub” felt board rhyme
(My Five Elephants in the Bathtub felt board set came from Artfelt.)

One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
(Clap twice with “Knock, Knock.”)
Splash, Splash,
(Slap knees twice with “Splash, Splash.”)
Come on in!
(Motion with both hands to come in.)

Two elephants…
Three elephants…
Four elephants…

Five elephants in a bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!

Music:
Animal Planet Presents Sing with the Animals
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)

Humpty Dumpty and Chickens!

What a fun storytime today! Miss Jennifer loves stories about chickens, so this was one of her favorite storytimes. She especially enjoyed seeing everyone do the Chicken Dance! Afterwards, everyone seemed to enjoy our new Big Cozy Books furniture that we just got at the library 🙂

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Stories Shared:
Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker (Pop-up Book)
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Five Little Chicks by Nancy Tafuri
Little Red Hen

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I’m a Little Teapot
Down on Grandpa’s Farm
Skidamarink

Bonus Poem:
“This Little Chick” felt board rhyme
Can be found here

Music:
Raffi: Everything Grows
The Chicken Dance

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Mary, Mary
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Stories Shared:
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
In My Garden by Ward Schumaker
Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce
The Enormous Turnip

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Round and Round the Garden
Blackbirds
The Beehive
Fun With Hands

Bonus Song:
“Green Grass Grows All Around”
Full version of the song can be found here

Music:
John Lithgow: Singin’ in the Bathtub
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

Bunnies

It’s Spring! We had a lot of fun making pop-up bunny puppets to go along with our Bunny storytime theme. We also distributed a new rhyme sheet. We’re taking a short, one-week break to re-energize…so, no storytime next week. I look forward to seeing all of my friends again on April 4!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Tired Bunnies
“Come my bunnies, it’s time for bed.”
That’s what Mother Bunny said.
“But first I’ll count you just to see
If you have all come back to me.
Bunny 1, Bunny 2, Bunny 3, oh dear!
Bunny 4, Bunny 5, yes, you’re all here!
You’re the sweetest things alive.
My bunnies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”

Stories Shared:
Five Little Bunnies Hopping on a Hill by Steve Metzger
A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
Little Rabbit’s Snacktime by Alan Baker

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I’m a Little Teapot

Bonus Rhyme:
Here’s a bunny with ears so funny,
(Make curved bunny ears with two fingers of one hand.)
And here is his hole in the ground.
(Make an open fist with the other hand.)
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears
(Raise bunny-ear fingers straight and tall.)
And jumps in his hole in the ground.
(Tuck bunny-ear fingers into the fist.)

Bonus Song:
“Little Bunny Foo Foo”
Lyrics and melody can be found here

Music:
Raffi’s Box of Sunshine
Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (Hokey Pokey)

Snakes for St. Paddys

Oh my, I forgot to post last week’s storytime! We has a sssssuper time on March 14 with our Snakes and St. Patrick’s Day storytime.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Stories Shared:
Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Pot O’ Gold by Kelly Green

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Old MacDonald
Open Shut Them
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Poem for Flannel Board:
“Five Green Shamrocks”
Poem and templates for flannel board pieces can be found here

Music:
Sharon, Lois and Bram: Mainly Mother Goose
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)