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Spirals!

May’s Little Ones event was a celebration of spirals. (The yogini in me said I was teaching sacred geometry to little ones, but shhh, no one noticed.)

We observed the spirals made from 2-liters and tornado tubes. 

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We cut spirals out to make whirlygig friends, like in this post from Library Makers. (Seriously – SO many good ideas from them!)

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We played with sea shells and pine cones in play-doh. (Again, Library Makers.)

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We used onions and our thumbprints to make snails like this post from Fun Handprint Art.

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We developed fine motor skills placing bingo chips on the spiral on the light table, like this post from Reggio Children Inspired.

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Finally, I was going to set up a version of the game SNAIL (also known as French hopscotch), but, to be completely honest, I was being lazy and didn’t feel like taping the floor that much. 😉 Instead I copied Library Makers AGAIN and just taped down a spiral in which the kiddos were to walk on the straight lines and hop on the dotted lines.

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“Boxes” toddler storytime

toddler box

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

“Shapes” Preschool Storytime

preschool shapes

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stohl Walsh

Felt Board – Shape Song
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Circle, square and triangle, triangle.
Circle, square and triangle, triangle.
Heart and star and rectangle,
Circle, square and triangle, triangle.
Source:  adapted traditional

How Can You Tell?
This is a circle. (point to a circle)
How can you tell?
It goes round and round,
No end can be found.
This is a square. (point to a square)
How can you tell?
It has four sides,
All the same size.
Source: King County Library System

Hop and Twirl
Make a circle and we’ll go around
First walk on tip-toe
So we don’t make a sound.
Tip, toe, around we go.
Then hop on our left foot,
Then hop on our right
Then hop together,
What a funny sight!
Now stop hopping and twirl around.
Now we’re ready to settle down.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Felt Board – Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

Song – Ravioli
Tune: Alouette
Ravioli, ravioli,
Ravioli, that’s the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your sleeve?
Yes, I have it on my sleeve.
On your sleeve?
On my sleeve.
Ra-vi-o-li…
Repeat with other body parts or articles of clothing, e.g. Do you have it on your chin? Do you have it in your shoes? etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Color Zoo – Lois Ehlert

Zoo Animals
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high
If you want to be a monkey,
If you want to be a monkey,
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high.
Eagle…flap your wings
Elephant…swing your trunk
Lion…roar out loud
Giraffe…stand up tall  (stretch high)
Snake…slither and hiss
Source: King County Library System

My Balloon
(Tune: Pop Goes the Weasel)
Here I have a big balloon
Watch me while I blow.
Small at first, then bigger,
Watch it grow and grow. (expand arms)
Do you think it’s big enough?
Maybe I should stop.
For if I blow much longer,
My balloon will surely pop! (big clap)
Source: King County Library System

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

 

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Shapes Toddler Storytime

toddler shapes

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: Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone

Lost my Circle (felt board with various shapes of various colors. I asked the kids after the song, “Which shape is the circle? What color is it?
(Tune: Skip to my Lou)
Lost my circle, what do I do?
Lost my circle, what do I do?
Lost my circle, what do I do?
What do I do, my darling?
Repeat with other shapes
Source: CF Kids Librarian

Scarf Play
Peek-a-boo
Scarf Toss (literally, just tossing the scarves in the air, while saying, “1,2,3 – weee!!!!)

Scarf Song
(tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My scarf goes up. My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes around, around, around, around, around.
My scarf goes in. My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about, about, about.
Source: No clue where I originally saw or heard this, but here is a PDF.)

Scarf Dance
(Tune of 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.
Now 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 your scarf up off the ground
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground.
Now twirl and dance around.
Source: King County Library System

Book – My Toys have Shapes by Bobbi Kalman

Where is Triangle?
(Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)
Where is triangle?  Where is triangle?
Here I am.  Here I am.
How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.  Run away.
Repeat with other shapes
Source: A to Z Teacher Stuff

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: Narrative refers to the process of stringing together meaningful ideas as a story. When a baby points to a dropped bottle and gestures grandly, she may be saying, “I was holding my bottle. Then it slipped. Now look, there’s a big mess!” When these narratives are acknowledged, infants are motivated to continue sharing their stories with adults. Narrative understanding is at the heart of learning to read and communicate.
Zero to Three

 

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