“Boxes” 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.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Do You Know the Rectangle?
Do You Know the Muffin Man?
Do you know the rectangle,
The rectangle, the rectangle?
Do you know the rectangle?
It has four sides like this.

Two are long and two are short,
Two are short, two are short.
Two are long and two are short.
It has four sides like this.
Source: Preschool Express

I’m a Shape that has 4 Sides
Mary had a Little Lamb
I’m a shape that has four sides,
Has four sides, has four sides.
I’m a shape that has four sides,
And they are all the same.

Count my points, I have four too,
Have four too, have four too.
Count my points, I have four too.
And Square is my name.
Source: Preschool Express

Little Ball
A little ball, (make circle with fingers)
A bigger ball, (make circle with hands)
A great big ball I see.(make circle with arms)
Are you ready to count them?
One, (make circle with fingers)
Two,(make circle with hands)
Three!(make circle with arms)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Sitting in my Box by Dee Lillegard


Scarf Play
Peek a Boo

“Scarf Toss”
1,2,3, wee!
1,2,3, wee!

Insects on Me!
To the tune “The Farmer in the Dell”,
A fly is on my face
A fly is on my face
Heigh-ho just watch me go
A fly is on my face.
Other verses:
A gnat is on my nose,
A hornet is on my head
A bee is on my back
Source: King County Library System

Hickory Dickory Docket
Hickory Dickory Docket
The mouse ran into the pocket!
But my hand went in
The mouse ran out
Hickory Dickory Docket!

Hickory Dickory Docket
The bird flew into the pocket!
But my hand went in
The bird flew out
Hickory Dickory Docket!
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: Hello, Good-Bye. Make a tunnel from a large cardboard box by opening both ends. Place the child at one end of the tunnel. You sit at the opposite end. Peek your face in the tunnel and say, “Hi!” Then lean away from the tunnel (so the child can’t see you) and say, “Bye!” Does the child try to communicate with you by crawling to find you, or by making sounds to copy your “hi” and “bye”?
Source: Zero to Three

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