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“Body Art” Little Ones event

No, we’re not tattooing small children; we used our bodies, mainly hands and feet, to make animals! We held this event at the library and at an outreach event in Severance Town Hall. I simply set out paints, markers, wiggly eyes, and glue, along with some examples from the internet, and then let the families go to town.

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body-art-examples

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“Animals at Night” toddler storytime

toddler animals at night

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 – Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

There’s Something in the Nighttime
There’s something in the nighttime
that I can’t really see.
There’s something in the nighttime,
Now what can it be?
Whoo, Whoo
Hear its funny sound?
Whoo, Whoo
An Owl is what I found!
Repeat with cat, mouse, wolf, etc.

The Owls in the Forest
(Wheels on the Bus)
The owls in the forest go hoo, hoo, hoo
Hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo
The owls in the forest go hoo, hoo, hoo
All night long.
The rabbits in the forest go bounce, bounce, bounce…
The bats in the forest go flap, flap, flap…
Source: Storytime Source Page

Bunnies at Bedtime
“My bunnies now must go to bed,”
The little mother rabbit said.
“But I will count them first to see
If they have all come back to me.
One bunny, two bunnies,
Three bunnies dear,
Four bunnies, five bunnies,
Yes, you’re all here.
You are the prettiest things alive,
My bunnies, one, two, three, four, five.”
Source: King County Library System

Book – Baby Animals at Night by the editors of Kingfisher

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said:
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed”.
Four little monkeys…
Three little monkeys…
Two little monkeys…
One little monkey…
Source: traditional

The Moon
The moon is round as round can be
Two eyes, a nose and a mouth – like me.
Source: King County Library System

Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
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: Kids are fascinated by the natural world around them. Incorporate science themes, like nocturnal animals, into your everyday reading and exploring!

 

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“Houses” toddler storytime

toddler houses

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.)

Where, oh Where are Baby’s Fingers?
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? Where, oh where are baby’s toes?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
‘Round and round it goes
Where, oh where are baby’s ears?
Where, oh where is baby’s nose?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes.
Source: King County Library System

Book: This is Our House by Hyewon Yum

Song – Barry G. and the Dream Jam Kids’ “Hammer Ring”

Rain on the Green Grass.
Rain on the green grass
(flutter hands down to the ground)
Rain on the tree. (arms up like branches)
Rain on the rooftop
(fingers over head to make peak of roof)
But NOT on me! (brush shoulders with fingers)
Source: Kind County Library System

Here is a House
Here is a house built up high
(hands over head to make a roof)
With two big chimneys
Reaching for the sky (raise arms up high)
Here is a window (draw a square)
Here is a door (pretend to open a door)
If we look inside (peek through fingers)
There’s a mouse on the floor!
(scamper fingers away)
Source: Storytime Katie

Book: A Den, a Tree, a Nest is Best by John Lithgow

Here’s a Quiet Little Mouse
Here’s a quiet little mouse
Living in a quiet little house
(hold thumb in fist)
When all was quiet as could be
OUT popped he! (pop out thumb)
Source: Storytime Katie

Felt Board – Little Mouse, Little Mouse, are you in the house?

Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house
He’s been here for a week.
He bounces in the kitchen, (lean to one side)
He bounces in the den, (lean to the other side)
He bounces in the living room,
Look! There he goes again!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house,
He’s been here for a week.
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

Early literacy tip: Little ones can be engineers too! Let toddlers play and develop engineering skills at the same time. They can make houses with Duplo blocks, fly paper airplanes, and race rocks down ramps. Use words like “arc” and “angle” to introduce vocabulary.

 

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“Cows” toddler storytime

toddler cow

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 – There’s a Cow in the Cabbage Patch by Clare Beaton

Who said Moo?
I went to a farm when I was two,
And on that farm, I heard a moo!
Who said moo? Horse, did you?
No way! Horse said, neigh!
Who said, moo? Lamb, did you?
No ha-ha! Lamb said,baa!
Who said, moo? Cat, did you?
He didn’t know how. Cat said, meow!
Who said, moo? Dog, did you?
That would be tough. Dog said, ruff!
Who said, moo? Hen, did you?
No suck luck. Hen said, cluck!
I was feeling so sad, I wanted to cry,
When a black and white cow, Came walking by.
Do you know what she said? I think you do.
Let’s say it together: The cow said: MOOOOOO!!!
Source: King County Library System 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee i ee i oh!
And on his farm he had some cows,
Ee i ee i oh!
With a moo moo here,
And a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm
Ee i ee i oh!
Hens…cluck
Pigs…oink
Sheep…baa
Source: Traditional  

Can You Shake Your Egg with Me (with shaker eggs)
(tune: London Bridge)
Can you shake your egg with me,
Egg with me, egg with me
Can you shake your egg with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your knee!
(Repeat with head, tummy, etc.)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Wow, It’s a Cow! by Trudy and Jay Harris 

This Little Cow
This little cow eats grass (wiggle thumb)
And this little cow eats hay (index finger)
This little cow drinks water (wiggle tall)
And this little cow runs away (wiggle ring finger)
But this little cow does nothing (wiggle pinkie)
But just lies down all day. (tap pinkie)
We’ll chase him and chase him (tickle child)
And chase him away.
Source: King County Library System

When Cows Get Up in the Morning
When cows get up in the morning, they always say good day.
When cows get up in the morning, they always say good day.
They say moo moo moo moo, that is what they say.
They say moo moo moo moo, that is what they say.
Source: Washington County Cooperative Library Services

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: Talk to your baby, even though she doesn’t understand you yet. Have conversations throughout the day–during feeding, diapering and bathing, on errands, and during other daily routines. When you talk, use words to tell your baby the names of objects, to point out and describe what is happening, and to explain what will happen next. By talking, you explore the world together, teach your baby the sounds, rhythm, and purpose of language, and make a loving connection
Source: PBS

 

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“Zoo” toddler storytime

zoo 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.)

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- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

 Animals at the Zoo
(Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar,
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar,
All day long!
The snakes at the zoo go hiss, hiss, hiss,
The hyenas at the zoo go ha, ha, ha,

The monkeys at the zoo go oooh, oooh, oooh
Source: Adapted traditional

The Elephant
The elephant has a great big trunk (pretend an arm is the trunk)
That goes swinging, swinging so.
(swing trunk)
He has tiny, tiny eyes
That show him where to go. (point to eyes)
His huge, long ears go flapping up & down, (pretend hands are ears)
His great feet go stomping, stomping on the ground. (stomp around)
Source: King County Library System

 Monkeys at the Zoo
(action song; tune = “Farmer in the Dell”)
The monkeys at the zoo,
The monkeys at the zoo,
Hi-ho they laugh and play,
The monkeys at the zoo
The monkeys run & hide,
The monkeys run & hide,
They like to play & run away,
The monkeys at the zoo.
The monkeys love to swing,
The monkeys love to swing,
They love to sing as they swing,
The monkeys at the zoo!
Source: King County Library System

Book – Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. 

Scarf Play
Peek a boo
Scarf Toss – 1,2,3, wee! 1,2,3, wee!


Scarf Dance
(Tune: Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush)
Wave the scarf above your head,
Above your head, above your head.
Wave the scarf above your head,
Then drop it on the ground.

Stretch your arms up to the sky,
to the sky, to the sky.
Stretch your arms up to the sky,
Now make a clapping sound.

Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground,
Then twirl and dance around!
Source: King County Library System

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


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:Book-reading times should be like a game of give-and-take. First, you do something (turn the page, for example). Then your child does something (smiles and gets excited). Keep the game going by saying, “The baby is looking at you!” The more your child looks, touches, and enjoys the book-sharing activity, the better.
Source: Early Literacy Learning

 

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“Farm Friends” toddler storytime

toddler farm friends

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 – Clip Clop by Nicola Smee 

Walking Ol’ Joe
Walking Ol’Joe, walking ol’ Joe
You’re the best horse in the county-o
Walking ol’ Joe, walking Ol’ Joe
WHOA, JOE!
Other verses: Trotting ol’ Joe
Galloping ol’ Joe
Source: Intellidance

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried wee wee wee
All the way home.
Source: Traditional 

Ten Galloping Horses
10 galloping horses came through the town
5 were white, and 5 were brown.
They galloped up, and they galloped down
10 galloping horses came through the town
Source: King County Library System

Book – Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting

Song (with egg shakers)- Laurie Berkner “I Know a Chicken 

Chicken in the Barnyard
Chicken in the barnyard
Staying out of trouble
(draw a little circle in child’s palm)
Along came a turkey
(slowly creep fingers up arm)
And . . . “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”
(tickle underarm, or move in for a gobble on child’s neck)
Source: King County Library System

Song (with puppets) – The Learning Groove “Old MacDonald 

Mr. Turkey and Mr. Duck
Mr. Turkey went out one day (one hand comes from behind back and makes a beak)
In the bright sunshiny weather
He met Mr. Duck along the way (other hand comes from behind back and makes a beak)
And they stopped to talk together.
Gobble, gobble, gobble (hands “talk” to each other)
Quack, quack, quack.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Quack, quack, quack.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
Quack, quack, quack.
And then they both went back. (both hands behind back)
Quack!
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:  Social-Emotional Development The development of strong attachment relationships with family and primary caregivers may be the central task of infancy. It is in the context of warm, loving relationships that infants learn to trust, to feel safe exploring their worlds, and to develop a sense of competence and confidence in their own ability to master new skills. This growing sense of self-esteem and personal identity prepares them for later success as communication partners, readers, and writers.
Source: Zero to Three

 

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Barnyard Fun Toddler Storytime

toddler barnyard

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 – Clip Clop by Nicola Smee

A Farmer went Trotting
A farmer went trotting upon his grey mare,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
With his daughter behind him so rosy and fair,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!
A raven cried “Croak,” and they all tumbled DOWN,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
The mare broke her knees, and the farmer his crown,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!
The mischievous raven flew laughing away
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
And he vowed he would serve them the same the next day,
Lumpety, lumpety, Lumpety, lumpety, Lumpety, lumpety, lump!
Source: Traditional

Bell Horses (with bells)
Bell horses, bell horses,
What’s the time of day?
One o’clock, two o’clock,
Time to go away.
Little bell, little bell,
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?
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 – Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Ten Galloping Horses
10 galloping horses
came through the town
5 were white and
5 were brown.
They galloped up and
they galloped down
10 galloping horses
came through the town
Source: King County Library System

I Have a Little Pony
I have a little pony
(bounce child on knees)
His name is Macaroni (keep bouncing)
He trots and trots and then he STOPS! (long pause on stop)
My funny Mac-a-RO-ni!
(bounce and jiggle on “RO”)
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:  Communication and Language Development: Print, spoken language, and gesturing are all strategies human beings use to communicate. In the first 3 years, infants and toddlers begin acquiring the first of thousands of words they will use throughout their lives. Simultaneously, children are learning the rules of grammar as well as absorbing the social conventions that exist around communication in their community. When adults respond sensitively and consistently to infants’ and toddlers’ attempts to communicate, children develop a sense of their own competence and self-efficacy.
Source: Zero to Three

 

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