Miss Andrea’s Toddler Faves

To start off the new year (and to not put too much pressure on myself right off the bat), I usually start off January’s storytimes with no particular theme and just read some of my favorite books. Here’s what went down:
toddler tales faves Jan 15

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Hello, Hands. Good-bye, Hands.
Hello, hands. (Wave hands in front of face.)
Good-bye, hands. (Hide hands behind back.)
Hello, hands. Good-bye, hands.
My hands were feeling shy today. (Keep hands hidden.)
But now they’re feeling better! (Bring hands out, wave frantically, and smile HUGE.)
Repeat with feet, face, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill (show both thumbs)
One named Jack (wiggle one thumb)
And one named Jill (wiggle other thumb)
Fly away, Jack. (Hide first thumb behind back.)
Fly away, Jill. (Hide other thumb.)
Come back, Jack. Come back, Jill. (Bring thumbs back in front, one at a time.)
Source: King County Library System

Ram Sam Sam
Ram sam sam. Ram sam sam.
Guli guli guli guli.
A ram sam sam.
A rafi. A rafi.
Guli guli guli guli.
A ram sam sam.
We usually start really slowly with this song and work our way up to super super fast.
Source: Storyblocks – (shameless self-promotion)

Book – Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

Scarf Play
Peek-a-boo
Scarf Toss (literally, just tossing the scarves in the air, while saying, “1,2,3 – weee!!!!)

Scarf Song
(tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My scarf goes up. My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes around, around, around, around, around.
My scarf goes in. My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about, about, about.
Source: No clue where I originally saw or heard this, but here is a PDF.)

Scarf Dance
(Tune of Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush)
Wave the scarf above your head
Above your head, above your head.
Wave the scarf above your head.
Now drop it on the ground.
Stretch your arms up to the sky.
To the sky, to the sky.
Stretch your arms up to the sky.
Now make a clapping sound.
Pick your scarf up off the ground
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground.
Now twirl and dance around.
Source: King County Library System

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

Rainbows in my Bubbles
(Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

That storytime was about 20 minutes long with a 10 minute toy time at the end. I had 20 parents and kids in the first session and 32 in the second. There were a lot of “older” kids (over 3) because school is out today, and everyone had a blast!

 

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