“Shoes and Feet” toddler storytime

toddler shoes

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 – Dancing Feet! by Lindsay Craig

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

Peek a Boo
“Scarf Toss”
1,2,3, wee!
1,2,3, wee!

To the tune “The Farmer in the Dell”,
My scarf goes up.
My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes round and round and round And round and round and round.
My scarf goes in.
My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about.
Source: Oakland Schools

Two Little Feet go Tap, Tap, Tap.
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
A quick jump up from my chair,
Two little arms reach high in the air.

Two little feet go jump, jump, jump.
Two little hands go thump, thump, thump.
One little body sways round and round.
And everyone sits quietly back down.
Source: Monroe Public Library

Book – Pete the Cat: I Love White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Cobbler, Cobbler, Mend my Shoe
Cobbler, cobbler, mend my shoe
Have it done by half past two;
Stitch it up, and stitch it down (tickle up and down baby’s foot)
Make it the very best in town!
Source: Traditional

Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Source: Traditional

Put your Finger on your Shoes
(tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
Put your finger on your shoes, on your shoes.
Put your finger on your shoes, on your shoes.
Put your finger on your shoes, put your finger on your shoes,
Put your finger on your shoes, on your shoes.
Put your finger on your pants…
Put your finger on your shirt…
Put your finger on your head

Source: Adapted from Woody Guthrie

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: Between 6 and 12 months, your baby may especially like books that “do” things. Some good choices are books that:

Are rubber or plastic and can be taken in the bath;
Have tabs to pull or lift;
Have textures to touch or holes to poke a finger through;
Have pieces to lift to see a picture underneath.

This shows how your child’s growing physical skills (especially having more control over her fingers and hands) helps build her literacy skills.
Source: Zero to Three

 

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