“Mother’s Day” Toddler storytime

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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- Whose Chick are You? by Nancy Tafuri

Here is a Kiss and a Hug for You
Tune:  “Mary had a Little Lamb”
Here is a kiss and a hug for you,
Hug for you, hug for you.
Here is a kiss and a hug for you,
Happy Mother’s Day.
I love you for what you do,
What you do, what you do.
I love you for what you do,
Happy Mother’s Day.
Source: Preschool Express

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 Play: This is the Way
This is the way we wash our hair,
Wash out hair, wash our hair
This is the way we wash our hair
So early in the morning
(Continue with different body parts)
Source: Adapted traditional

Book – The Mommy Book by Todd Parr

Pat-a-cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-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 put it in the oven for Baby and me!
Source: Traditional

If You Love Me and You Know It
If you love mom and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you love mom and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you love mom and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you love mom and you know it,
clap your hands.
Say, “I love you”
Blow a kiss
Give a hug
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:  Encourage your child to explore objects and toys in different ways. Touching, banging, shaking, and rolling help children understand how things work. Talk to your child about what he/she is doing: “You got the truck to move by pulling the string!”
Source: Zero to Three

 

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