“Summertime” 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 – Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson

Sun and Cloud
The big round sun in a summer sky,
(Raise arms to form circle over head)
Winked at a cloud that was passing by.
(Wink and make an oval cloud shape with hands)
The gray cloud laughed
As it scattered rain.
(Pretend to scatter rain with fingers)
Then out came the big round sun again.
(Raise arms to form circle over head)
Source: Hummingbird 

This is the Way we go to the Beach
This is the way we put on our suit
Put on our suit, put on our suit.
This is the way we put on our suit
So early in the morning!
Put on our flippers
Wear water wings
Put on our goggles
Source: Adapted traditional

 Book – At the Beach by Anne and Harlow Rockwell

Sand Castle Tune: “The Hokey Pokey”
You put some sand in.
You take some sand out.
You put some sand in
And you shape it all about.
You make a sand castle
With towers all around.
That’s what it’s all about!

You put some shells in
You take some shells out.
You put some shells in
And you place them all about.
You make a sand castle
With shells all around.
That’s what it’s all about!
Source: Preschool Express

I Walked to the Beach
I walked to the beach,
(Swing arms and walk in place)
And what did I see?
(Put hands over eyes, looking)
A lot of little fish,
(Place hands together, wiggle)
Looking at me!
(Point to self)
I jumped into the water,
(Jump)
And splashed all around.
(Put palms down; make splashing motions.)
The fish swam away,
(Place hands together; wiggle)
And didn’t make a sound!
(Put fingers to lips)
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: Share your child’s wonder when he makes new discoveries. The simplest objects offer important lessons. Point out rocks that are big and small; houses that are red, yellow, blue; and trees that are short and tall. Children pick up these concepts best when they learn about them through their everyday experiences. Encourage him to use his body to explore—to push his stroller, bend down to examine objects, climb stairs. This gives him confidence that he can use his body to get what or where he wants.
Source: Too Small to Fail

 

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