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“Eggs!” toddler storytime

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 – Egg by KEvin Henkes

Song: Mr. Eric’s “Shake Shake

1,2 Shake it on your Shoe
1, 2, shake it on your shoe
3, 4, shake it on the floor
5, 6, stir and mix
7, 8, stand up straight
9, 10 wave to your friends
Source: Jbrary

Shake it to the East
Shake it to the east
Shake it to the west
Shake it all around
and then you take a rest
Shake your shakers up
Shake your shakers down
Shake it, shake it, shake it,
and then you settle down.
Source: Jbrary

Book – Hurry Hurry! by Eve Bunting

Inside her Eggshell
Inside her egg shell, white and round,
Baby dinosaur is safe and sound.
But she wants to come out into the light ,
So she pushes and shoves
with all her might.
Her shell soon cracks and creaks and pops,
One big jump and out she pops!
Source: Preschool Express

Oh I Wish I Were a Teeny Tiny Egg
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
I would roll and roll around,
Rolling all around the ground.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg
Source: Preschool Express

Five Eggs and Five Eggs
Five eggs and five eggs (show a fist on one hand, then the other)
And that makes ten
Sitting on top is Mother Hen (bring fists together)
Cackle, cackle, cackle
And what do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens (Open hands and wiggle fingers)
Yellow as can be!
Source: Storytime Katie
(I used this as fingerplay instead of a flannel, but either way works!)

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: Take your kids to the farm! Read books about farm animals and eggs hatching, and then let them experience the farm firsthand!  

 

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“Rain” Toddler Storytime

toddler rain

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 – Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee

It’s Raining. It’s Pouring
It’s raining. It’s pouring.
The old man in snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head
And couldn’t get up in the morning.
Source: Traditional

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Raindrops
One little, two little, three little raindrops,
Four little, five little, six little raindrops,
Seven little, eight little,
Nine little raindrops,
Ten little raindrops on my head.
(repeat with raindrops on other body parts, like nose, toes, etc.)
Source: King County Library System

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider
Went up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
Repeat with the big humoungous spider (big voice) and teeny weeny spider (small voice). 
Source: Adapted traditional

Book – Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry

Rain Rain Go Away
Rain rain go away
Come again another day.
Little baby wants to play
Source: Traditional

This Little Wind
This little wind blows silver rain.
This little wind drifts snow.
This little wind sings a whistled tune.
This little wind croons low.
And this little wind rocks baby birds tenderly to and fro.
Source: Storytime Secrets

Rain is Falling Down
Farmer in the Dell
Rain is falling down, splash!
Rain is falling down, splash!
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter.
Rain is falling down, splash!
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Source:  Jbrary

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:  Invite your child(ren) to draw pictures on white construction paper with pieces of colored chalk. Have them hold their pictures outside in the rain.  Or let them dip their fingers into water and sprinkle “raindrops” on their papers. What happens to the chalk colors when they become wet?  (They become brighter.) Talk about what happens and why.
Source: Preschool Express

 

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“Spring and Bunnies” preschool storytime

Preschool spring bunnies

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 – The Little Rabbit who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen

Song: Lunch Money’s “Are you a Rabbit?

There was a Little Bunny
There was a little bunny who lived in the wood. (hold up two fingers)
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should (wiggle on head)
He hopped by a squirrel. He hopped by a tree. (hop, hop)
He hopped by a duck. And he hopped by me. (hop, hop over fist)
He stared at the squirrel.  He stared at the tree. (stare, stare)
He stared at the duck. But he made faces at me! (stare, make faces)
Source: Storytime Katie

Book – The Easter Bunny’s Assistant  by Jan Thomas

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
‘Til it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up little bunnies!
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies ‘til I say stop
Source: Russ (The original is not his, but I love his extra verses.)

Bunny Pokey
You put your paws in, you put your paws out
You put your paws in and
You shake them all about
You do the bunny pokey
As you hopn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about
Repeat with ears, tail
Source: Adapted tradtional

Here is a Green Leaf
Here is a green leaf, and here is a green leaf
And that makes two.
Here is a bud that makes the flower.
Now watch it bloom for you.
Source: Jbrary (I didn’t use scarves this time.)

Book – In my Garden: a Counting Book by Ward Schumacher

Sun in the Sky
(Tune: Skip to my Lou)
Sun in the sky; shine, shine, shine.
Sun in the sky; shine, shine, shine.
Sun in the sky; shine, shine, shine.
Help me with my garden.
Rain from the clouds, drip, drip, drip.
Seeds in the dirt, grow, grow, grow.

Song – Preschool of Rock “Growing Bigger” 

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

Early literacy tip: Easter can be early literacy – oriented too! Coloring and painting eggs develops fine motor skills that can later be used when learning to write! Have your child sort eggs by sizes or colors. For older children, draw treasure maps they must follow to find their eggs or their baskets.

 

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“Spring and Bunnies” toddler storytime

Spring and bunnies 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- It’s Spring! by Samantha Berger

Rain on the Green Grass
Rain on the green grass,
Rain on the tree.
Rain on the housetop
But not on me!
Source: Nursery Rhymes

Kites Up in the Sky
The Farmer in the Dell
The kites up in the sky,
Flying, oh, so, high.
They twirl around,
Then, fall down.
The kites up in the sky.
Source: Preschool Express

Color Kites
Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
Red kites, blue kites flying by,
Yellow kites, green kites, in the sky.
They fly high and they fly low,
Twirling whirling ‘round they go
Red kites, blue kites flying by,
Yellow kites, green kites, in the sky
Source: Preschool Express

Book – Bunny and Me by Adele Aron Greenspun

Here is a Bunny
Here is a bunny with ears so funny
And here is his hole in the ground.
When a noise he hears,
He perks up his ears
And jumps in his hole in the ground
Source:  Preschool Express

Five Little Bunnies
Hip Hop Hippity Hay
Five little bunnies went out to play.
Hippity-hop, hippity-hay
One little bunny hopped away.
Hippity-hop, hippity-hay
Four little bunnies went out to play….
Source: Preschool Express

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:   Easter can be early literacy – oriented too!  Have your child sort eggs by sizes or colors. For older children, draw treasure maps they must use to find their eggs or their baskets.

 

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