“The Color Green” Toddler Storytime

toddler green

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: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

Five Green Peas
Five green peas in a peapod, pressed (make fist)
One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest (raise fingers one at a time)
They grew and grew and they did not stop (stretch fingers wide)
Till one day that peapod just had to go…POP! (clap)
Source: Storytime Themes 

I’m a Little Leprechaun
(I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little leprechaun.
Watch me dance.
Up go my feet.
Up go my hands.
When I get excited,
You will know.
Faster and faster
I will go!
Source: Preschool Express

Felt Board – “So Many Fishies in the Deep Blue Sea” based off the Nancy Stewart song

Book – Little Green by Keith Baker

Steam Shovel
Here is a steam shovel. Hold right forearm erect, hand drooping
And here is the ground.
two arms enclose area
See the great boom right elbow stationary, forearm moving side to side
Swing round and round.
It dips, it, bites, forearms dips, thumb and fingers in grasping motion
It lifts, it throws, forearm lifts,
thumb and fingers spin
My, how the hole In the ground grows! two hands enclose circle
Digging, scooping,
Lifting, throwing,
See how the hill
forearms with hands meeting
Beside it is growing
Source: Pre-K Fun

Hector Protector
Hector Protector was dressed all in green
Hector Protector was sent to the Queen.
The Queen did not like him,
No more did the King;
So Hector Protector was sent back again
Source: traditional

Rain on the Green Grass
Rain on the green grass.
(flutter hands down to the ground)
Rain on the tree. (arms up like branches)
Rain on the rooftop
(fingers together over head to make peak of roof)
But NOT on me!
(brush shoulders with fingers)
Source: King County Library System

 Tony Chestnut
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows. Tony knows.
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows
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!

Early literacy tip:  When your child is very young, it is great to talk to them in a calm and soothing voice. Most of us pitch our voice higher than usual and exaggerate our lips, mouth, and tongues when talking to infants. This “motherese” is helpful to young children who are learning to speak by watching. Your voice is recognizable and is an important part of your child’s sense of security.


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