I’m excited to share a new storytime plan today! Since starting at my new library system, my routine has definitely changed. Firstly, I’m adapting to the smaller crowd sizes. I’m also adjusting to new families and their storytime traditions. It’s been a very fun journey full of support from my new colleagues and many awesome learning moments!
Without further ado, here’s how Toddler Storytime shook out:
Welcome & Set Expectations
- Good morning everyone! Thank you so much for coming to Toddler Storytime for 2’s and 3’s. My name is Miss Jessica, and there are 2 things I’m going to ask for your help with today to make sure we have a great storytime!
- Can you show me 1? Number one is that I ask everyone in the room, especially grown-ups, participate as much as you are able! You are your child’s first and best teachers, so please help role model storytime behavior as much as you can.
- Can you show me number 2? In storytime we are going to sing and dance and move and groove! BUT the second thing I ask is that you please help your moving grooving little one stay back from the board so that everyone can see and so that I don’t step on any toes. Thank you!
Sing: Wake Up Toes by Joanie Bartels
Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers
Read: My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh
This book always goes over so well! It’s one of my all-time favorite storytime reads. The toddlers loved showing me their noses and legs and sharing, “I have blue eyes!” Even when they didn’t. 🙂
Early Literacy Tip: Grown-ups, I love this book because when we talk about things are same and different with our children, we’re helping build their visual discrimination skills. Noticing how things are same and different now will help your child later on recognize different letter shapes and track print while reading!
Flannel: Build a Face
Sing: Sneeze Game by Kimbo Educational (with some fun additions!)
You see with your eyes, touch your eyes.
You sneeze with your nose, touch your nose.
You hear with your ears, touch your ears.
You kiss with your lips, kiss me here.
We added a fun verse I invented at the end, which goes:
You clap with your hands, clap your hands.
You tap with your feet, tap your feet.
You nod with your head, nod your head.
You’ve had a busy day, go to bed…
(pretend to sleep)
WAKE UP EVERYBODY!
The toddlers had so much fun pretending to be asleep and then jumping awake, we had to do this three times (and they still wanted more!) Alas, it was time to move on.
Transition: If You’re Ready for a Story
Read: Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
We were still quite wiggly after this one, so I decided it was time to bring out the shakers. All that reading and singing and dancing made me hungry, so let’s make a…
Sing: Milkshake (w/shakers)
Learning Through Play
What a fun morning! All About Me has got to be one of my absolute favorite storytime themes. There’s just so many great (and diverse) books to read and act out.
What are your favorite toddler titles and tunes for little fingers and feet? I would love to hear! 🙂