Storytime Saturday: Rainy Days (Toddler Time)

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It’s spring and you know what that means… RAIN!  (Or, if you live in Colorado… SNOW!)

So even though it’s been snowing, we forged ahead with a rainy days theme storytime this week and the kiddos loved it!  First up is the plan for Toddler Time.  Here’s some of the books I had ready to go:


Welcome/Opening Songs:

  • I start with a “thumbs” check in.  Then I put out two thumbs up because “I’m so happy to see everyone, read stories and sing/dance today!”
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It – Traditional
  • Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Letter of the Week: N

  • Sing ABC Song
  • Find letter N on chart
  • Name letter N words (flannel)
  • Kiss your brain!

Fingerplay: Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out!

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

So the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again.

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Traditional

To make this rhyme a little easier for my littles, we followed this version below.  We did it twice since our ECRR skill was READ this week and I focused on repetition.  First we did it once together, then we taught it to our grown up!  🙂

Book #1: Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray

This book goes much better with the littles if you act out the pages- such as breathing deeply when “I press my nose against the screen and smell the smell of rain and screen.”

Action Song: Boots by Laurie Berkner

This song got a little long, but the kiddos still enjoyed it- especially hopping around in our frog boots!

Action Song: Can You Jump Jump Jump? (tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low?)

Can you jump jump jump?

Can you hop hop hop?

Can you clap clap clap?

Can you stomp stomp stomp?

Can you nod your head yes?

Can you shake your head no?

And can you sit down very slow?

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Credit: adapted from 1234 More Storytimes

Transition: Storytime Stretch

Stretch to the window, stretch to the door

Stretch to the ceiling, stretch to the floor

Hands in our laps, we’re ready for more!

Let’s start our story in 5 and 4…3…2…1…now (whisper towards end)

Book #2: Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand

Definitely our favorite book!  We had lots of fun “running” to try and save the kite when the wind blows it away.  It was the perfect book to transition to our flannel guessing game.

Flannel: Where Oh Where Has My Little Kite Gone?

kite flannel

Where, oh where has my little kite gone?

Oh where, oh where can it be?

It is purple and pink and its tail is long.

Oh where, oh where can it be?

(Optional)

Little kite, little kite, what did you decide?

Is the white cloud a good place to hide?

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Flannel Pattern: here or in plan below

Craft: Under the Umbrella Scene

Next time I’m thinking of doing this with a cupcake liner for the umbrella and cotton balls for clouds, or maybe making a paper towel roll rainstick!


As always, you can grab the master plan (with lots of more rainy ideas) by clicking on the spreadsheet below!

rainy days spreadsheet

Next up… Rainy Days with the Preschool Pack!

Flannel Friday: Get Up & Groove (Toddler/Preschool Storytime)

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I was so excited when I saw the Summer Reading theme for this week’s Flannel Friday!  We actually just did a healthy movin’ and groovin’ storytime to go along with this year’s One Book for Colorado, Giraffes Can’t Dance.  It was super fun and I’m so excited to share the whole plan with you- hopefully it will come in handy soon!  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the great resources by hopping over to Lisa’s Library Land, our gracious host for the week.

Here’s the books we read this time (our favorites being the biggest):

And here’s the nitty gritty!


Welcome/Opening Songs:

  • If You’re Happy and You Know It – Traditional
  • Shake My Sillies Out- Raffi

Letter of the Week: M

Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up,

Dance your fingers down.

Dance them to the side,

Dance them all around!

Dance them on your shoulders,

Dance them on your head.

Dance them on your tummy.

Now put them all to bed!

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Credit: Storytime Katie

Book #1: Dance with Me by Charles R Smith Jr.

The kiddos really seemed to like the actions in this book.  This could be read standing up or sitting down!

Transition: My Thumbs are Starting to Wiggle (to the tune of The Bear Went Over the Mountain)

My thumbs are starting to wiggle,

My thumbs are starting to wiggle,

My thumbs are starting to wiggle-

And now so are my hands!

(repeat with hands, arms, toes, body)

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Credit: Jbrary

Action Song: Silly Dance Competition (Jim Gill)

Transition: Can You Jump Jump Jump?

Can you jump jump jump?

Can you hop hop hop?

Can you clap clap clap?

Can you stomp stomp stomp?

Can you nod your head yes?

Can you shake your head now?

And can you sit down very slow?

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Credit: adapted from 1234 More Storytimes

Book #2: Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh

This was a great book to sit down for a minute and catch our breath.  Plus it’s cute and it went with our flannel!

Flannel: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs

5 green speckled frogs

Five green and speckled frogs

Sitting on a speckled log

Eating some most delicious bugs – YUM YUM!

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool.

Now there’s 4 green and speckled frogs.

(repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1)

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Credit: Traditional

Pattern: Click here (also in plan)

Book #3: Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig

Our favorite book by far!  This was so much fun.  The kids loved guessing which animals were dancing next and acting out the stompity/tippity/flappity/creepity feet.  It was a perfect way to end storytime!

Craft: Rainbow Ribbons

craft stick ribbon dancer

For the craft we made craft stick ribbon dancers similar to the one above from Sunflower Storytime.  The kids had lots of fun dancing with their sticks to the “Rainbow Dancers Let’s Get Ready” song, which I have on a CD and whose artist escapes me at the moment.


For preschoolers, we ended by reading Giraffes Can’t Dance and telling parents about One Book for Colorado.  Then kiddos could take their picture with their book and Gerald!

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There were so many great books and songs to choose from, I wish we could have read and sung and danced them all!  (Oh well, there’s always next year, right?)  You can check out all the resources I gathered by clicking on the master plan below:

dance spreadsheet

Have a great weekend everyone!