“Bears” toddler storytime

toddler bear

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 – Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Bears
(Sung to “Mary Had A Little Lamb”)
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
Big and brown, big and brown,
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
And live in the woods.
Polar bears are soft and white,
Soft and white, soft and white,
Polar bears are soft and white,
And live where it’s cold.
Teddy bears are just my size,
Just my size, just my size,
Teddy bears are just my size,
To cuddle with at night.
Source: So Tomorrow 

The Bear Went Over the Mountain
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see.
And all that he could see,
And all that he could see,
Was the other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see.
Source: Traditional

 Where is Bear?
Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep
(shouting) Wake up bears!
Source: Storytime Katie

Book – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr.

 Ten in the Bed felt board
There were ten in the bed
And the little one said roll over, roll over.
So they all rolled over and one fell out. Count down

At the last bear:
One bear in the bed, and do you know what he said?
Tune: He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands
 I’ve got the whole bed to myself
I’ve got the whole bed to myself
I’ve got the whole bed to myself
I’ve got the whole bed to myself
Source: Traditional/ King County Library System

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sway around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go to bed,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, rest your head,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the lights,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say “good night”.
Source: Traditional

 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: Sensory Activities: Provide opportunities for clean “messy” play!

  • Bathtub blocks in tubs of water
  • Piles of shredded paper with farm animals
  • Outdoor painting with water
  • Tubs of water with measuring cups and spoons
  • Bathing baby dolls
  • Rubber ducks in tubs of water
  • Lots of little pieces of masking tape

Source: University of Missouri

 

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