“Apples” toddler storytime

toddler apples

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 – Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree,(stretch way up high)
Four little apples hung over me.
I shook the tree as hard as I could.(shake the tree)
Down came the apples and mmmmm,
Were they good! (rub belly)
Source: Canton Public Library

 Tony Chestnut
Tony Chestnut knows I love you. (Toe, knee, chest, nut {head}, nose, eye, love {heart}, you)
Tony knows. (Toe, knee, nose)
Tony knows.
Tony Chestnut knows I love you.
That’s what Tony knows.
Source: Traditional but here’s a video from KCLS

Applesauce
(tune of Yankee Doodle)
Peel an apple (pretend to peel)
Cut it up (pretend to cut)
Cook it in a pot (stir the pot)
When you taste it you will find
(put spoon to mouth)
It’s applesauce you’ve got! (rub tummy)
Source: King County Library System

Criss cross applesauce
Criss cross applesauce,
Spiders running up your back.
Cool breeze, tight squeeze,
Now you’ve got the shivers.
Source: Traditional but here’s a video from KCLS

Book – Watch Apple Trees Grow by Mary Ann Hoffman

Eat an apple
Eat an apple (bring hand to mouth)
Save the core (close hand in fist)
Plant some seeds (bend down to touch hand to ground)
And grow some more! (extend both arms out)
Source: Preschool Education

Five little apples
Five little apples
Lying on the floor
One rolled away and that left four
Four little apples
Hanging on a tree
I picked one off and that left three Three little apples
I know what to do
I put one in my pocket and that leaves two
Two little apples
Sitting in the sun
I’ll pick this one and that leaves one
One little apple
Waiting in my lunch
I’ll eat it up with a crunch, crunch, crunch
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:Toys and blocks with letters imprinted on them are great for the little ones. Flashcards with words and letters can be great for creating games with your toddlers. Remember also, that if a child does not want to play with you, put the games away and try again later. Forcing a child to play may cause negative feelings about the activity. Reading should always be presented as fun and never as a chore. Don’t forget to be a good role model when it comes to reading. Take the time to curl up with a good book when you can and make sure your child sees you enjoying it!
Source: Mighty Mommy

 

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