“Houses” toddler storytime

toddler houses

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.)

Where, oh Where are Baby’s Fingers?
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? Where, oh where are baby’s toes?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
‘Round and round it goes
Where, oh where are baby’s ears?
Where, oh where is baby’s nose?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes.
Source: King County Library System

Book: This is Our House by Hyewon Yum

Song – Barry G. and the Dream Jam Kids’ “Hammer Ring”

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 over head to make peak of roof)
But NOT on me! (brush shoulders with fingers)
Source: Kind County Library System

Here is a House
Here is a house built up high
(hands over head to make a roof)
With two big chimneys
Reaching for the sky (raise arms up high)
Here is a window (draw a square)
Here is a door (pretend to open a door)
If we look inside (peek through fingers)
There’s a mouse on the floor!
(scamper fingers away)
Source: Storytime Katie

Book: A Den, a Tree, a Nest is Best by John Lithgow

Here’s a Quiet Little Mouse
Here’s a quiet little mouse
Living in a quiet little house
(hold thumb in fist)
When all was quiet as could be
OUT popped he! (pop out thumb)
Source: Storytime Katie

Felt Board – Little Mouse, Little Mouse, are you in the house?

Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house
He’s been here for a week.
He bounces in the kitchen, (lean to one side)
He bounces in the den, (lean to the other side)
He bounces in the living room,
Look! There he goes again!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house,
He’s been here for a week.
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

Early literacy tip: Little ones can be engineers too! Let toddlers play and develop engineering skills at the same time. They can make houses with Duplo blocks, fly paper airplanes, and race rocks down ramps. Use words like “arc” and “angle” to introduce vocabulary.

 

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