“Christmas” toddler storytime

christmas toddler

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.)

Book – Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! by Brenda Ponnay

Santa’s on his Way (Farmer in the Dell)
Oh, Santa’s on his way.
Oh, Santa’s on his way.
He’s bringing toys
For girls and boys
In his Christmas sleigh.
Source: Preschool Express 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
to spread Christmas cheer!
Let’s all do a little stomping
Let’s all do a little jumping
Source: Super Simple Learning

Oh, Christmas Bells (with bells)
O Christmas bells, O Christmas bells,
We love to hear you ringing.
O Christmas bells, O Christmas bells,
You make us feel like singing.
You sing to us of colored lights.
You sing to us of Christmas night.
O Christmas bells, O Christmas bells,
We love to hear you ringing.
Source: Traditional

 Jingle Bells (with bells)
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Source: Traditional

Tap Your Hand (Row your Boat)
Tap, tap, tap your hand
With your bell today.
Tap the beat – of the song.
Tap your bell this way.

Tap, tap, tap your hand
With your bell today.
Let’s make music with our hands
Then put our bells away.
Source: Preschool Express

Book – Christmastime by Alison Jay

Little Jack Horner
Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating his Christmas pie:
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”
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:  Letters to Santa are a great way to promote early literacy skills during the holiday season. Color pictures to leave for Santa or to give as gifts. Organize Christmas cookies by shape or color. Line up presents by size on Christmas morning.

 

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