Fingers & Toes

This week in Toddler Time we read about our fingers and toes! One of my favorite toddler books is, “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Tiny Toes” by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury. In this story readers see babies from all over the world, but no matter where they’re from or how different they may seem, they all have ten little fingers and ten tiny toes.

“Piggies” by Don and Audrey Wood is a silly tale about the characteristics and adventures of our ten fingers.  On Don and Audrey Wood’s website kids can give their own piggies a personality of their own- http://ow.ly/4pEvY .

What shape is a bubble? We broke out the wonderful Gymboree Bubbles to investigate as we sang “10 Little Bubbles;” lyrics are located below. Another fun shape activity where kids can be shape detective is at http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/kidtivities/shape_detective

“10 Little Bubbles”

One little, two little, three little bubbles

Four little, five little, six little bubbles

Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles

Ten little bubbles go POP, POP, POP

Remember to mark your calendars for Wednesday April 13; musical storyteller Kevin Roth will be performing at 10:30 in the Zane Grey Room. For more information visit http://ow.ly/4pFAc . *This performance will take the place of Toddler and Preschool Storytime that day.

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Mmmm Cookies…

Last week in Toddler Time we read stories about cookies and the creatures who love them!  Different farm animals like to eat different things; horse likes hay, chicken likes chicken feed, but cow loves to eat cookies! Find out why cow loves cookies so much in, “The Cow Loves Cookies” by Karma Wilson. “Mr. Cookie Baker” by Monica Wellington, gives us a behind the scenes look at a bakery and what goes into to making delicious cookies. At the end of the book are cookie recipes readers can make themselves.

Our concept of the month has been shapes. Storyteller Anne Pellowski uses shapes to create unfolding stories. One retelling is a traditional Japanese story we did in Toddler Time and can be read here-http://ow.ly/4oRrE . Did you know shapes our everywhere, even in food?! Using a paper bag we drew different foods and guessed their shapes.

Sadly, there is no oven in the storytime room, so for our craft we used our imaginations to make paper cookies!

Spring Break!

To celebrate spring break Toddler and Preschool Storytimes joined forces this week! Ms. Karrie told us about Saint Patrick who lived a long time ago in Ireland and used music to save Ireland from lots of snakes! People celebrate him on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with Irish food and crafts. Listed below are two Irish inspired songs we sang:

I’m a Little Leprechaun (Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I’m a little leprechaun,

leprechaun, leprechaun.

I’m a little leprechaun

Who likes to dress in green.

I dress in green from head to toe,

head to toe, head to toe.

I dress in green from head to toe

I wear green all day long!

5 LITTLE SHAMROCKS

1 green shamrock, in the morning dew,

Another one sprouted, and then there were two.

2 green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;

Another one sprouted and then there were three.

3 green shamrocks, by the cottage door;

Another one sprouted,

And then there were four.

4 green shamrocks, near a beehive

Another one sprouted, and then there were five.

5 little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,

Think of all the luck these shamrocks will bring!

With the weather warming up  “Hurray for Spring!” by Patricia Hubbell was just the right book to read, celebrating all the delights of spring, such as, flying kites, talking to ants, and picking yummy berries. The colorful illustrations and lyrical words will make kids want to explore the springy world around them!

How did the chicken get to bed? By reading a book! In “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein, Little Red Chicken wants her papa to read her a bedtime story, but with each tale comes interrupted commentary by Little Red Chicken. The sweet natured outbursts of Little Red Chicken are sure to be hit with all ages.

Earlier in the day we got a tip that a leprechaun was hiding out in the library, so we went on a leprechaun hunt. Here was our fun interactive adventure you can do too:

Going on a leprechaun hunt. I’m not afraid.
Let’s go! Oh. look! I see a grassy field.
Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go over it. Let’s go through it.
Let’s go! Swish, swish, swish, swish.
Oh, look! I see a giant tree.
Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go through it. Let’s climb it.
Let’s go! Climb, climb, climb.
Oh, look! I see a river.
Can’t go over it. Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Let’s Swim it.
Let’s go. Swim, swim, swim.
Oh, look! I see a dark cave.
Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go over it. Let’s tiptoe into it.
Let’s go. Tippy, tippy, toe.
It’s really dark in here. Better turn on my flashlight.
Oh, no. I see something!
It’s mean! It’s green! It’s a leprechaun! Let’s go!
Run! Run! Swim! Swim! Climb! Climb! Swish! Swish!
Whew…safe at home again!

Here is the instructions on how to make fun, festive gel bags:

  1. Fill a quart-size food storage bag with inexpensive green hair gel.  You may also use clear gel and add green food coloring. (You can get very inexpensive gel at a dollar store.)
  2. Add confetti and/or glitter – gold works well with the green for this theme.
  3. “Burp” the bag to remove most of the air.
  4. Insert the bag into another bag seal side down. “Burp” this bag as well.

This idea can be used for any holiday – just change the colors!  Try some interesting and creative add-ins.  This is a great sensory experience for the kids and makes for an inexpensive activity that can be repeated over and over.

Ducks!

This week the talented Miss Lizzie filled in and brought a few feathered stories along to share. Anyone with a favorite toy can relate to “Have You Seen Duck?” by Janet Holmes about a boy whose favorite toy goes missing and realizes activities are not as fun if you do not have someone to share them with.

Suzy Goose is tired of being like all the other geese in Petr Hoarcek’s, “Silly Suzy Goose.” After following other animals around, including a cranky lion, Suzy learns it’s best to just be one’s self.

One of my  favorite books of all timeis Amy Rosenthal’s “Duck! Rabbit!” Two off page characters are trying to decide if the animal on the page is a duck or rabbit. This is the first optical illusion book I have ever seen for toddlers; I love hearing if kids think if it’s a rabbit or duck.   Catch the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPCoe-6RRks

Join us next week, March 15 & 16 at 10:30am in the Zane Grey Room for a Toddler/Preschool Storytime Mash up! Ms. Karrie and I will be celebrating Spring Break with stories about spring and Saint Patrick’s Day!

Toddler Open & Close Songs

These are my signature songs I do at the beginning  and end of Toddler Time; thereby creating a routine for the kids.

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Give a little clap-clap-clap

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Fold them in your lap-lap-lap!

If You’re Happy & You Know It

If  you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, clap-clap,

If  you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, clap-clap,

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If  you’re happy and you know it clap your hands, clap-clap

Other Verses:

If you’re happy and you know it pat your knees, pat-pat

If you’re mad and you know it stomp your feet, stomp-stomp

If you’re happy and you know it beep your nose, beep-beep

If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray,hoo-ray!

March Babytime Rhymes

Up, down, Turn Around

Up, down

Turn around

Touch the sky

And touch the ground

Wiggle your fingers

Wiggle your toes

Wiggle your shoulders

Say, “Hello!”

This is the Way…

This is the way we clap our hands,

Clap our hands, clap our hands

This is the way we clap our hands,

So early in the morning!

Other Verses:

This is the way we stomp our feet…

This is the way we reach and stretch…

This is the way we say hello…

You be the Ice Cream

You be the ice cream (point to baby)

And I’ll be the freezer (give baby a shivery hug)

You be the lemon (point to baby)

And I’ll be the squeezer (give baby a gentle squeeze)

You be the cocoa (point to baby)

And I’ll be the mug (enfold baby in cozy hug)

You be the baby (give a little bounce)

And we’ll have some fun! (give a hug and a tickle)

This is Big!

This is big, big, big (hold arms out)

This is small, small, small (bring hands in)

This is short, short, short

This is tall, tall, tall

This is fast, fast, fast (circle fists quickly)

This is slow, slow, slow (circle fists slowly)

This is yes, yes, yes (nod)

This is no, no, no (shake head).

Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo, Peek-a-boo

I see you, I see you

I see your little nose,

I see your tiny toes

I see you, peek-a-boo!

 10 Little Bubbles

One little, two little, three little bubbles

Four little, five little, six little bubbles

Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles

Ten little bubbles go POP, POP, POP!

Row your Boat –Croc Remix

Row, row, row your boat,

Gently down the stream,

Merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat,

Gently down the stream,

If you see a crocodile

Don’t forget to scream ‘Ahhh!’

Baby a go-go

Baby a go-go, (clap on go-go)

Hey-ah! (lean to the left)

Baby a go-go, (clap on go-go)

Hey-ah! (lean to the right)

Baby a-go-ah! (clap on a-go-ah)

Baby a go-go-go! (clap on go-go-go)

Cheek Chin

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin

Cheek, chin, nose.

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin

Cheek, chin, toes

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin,

Up baby goes!

I am a Little Frog

A little frog in the pond am I. Hippity, hippity, hop.

And I can jump in the air so high, Hippity, hippity hop.

Up, down, Turn Around

Up, down

Turn around

Touch the sky

And touch the ground

Jiggle your tummy

Blink your eyes

Blow a kiss and say goodbye!

Feelings

This week we read books about feelings and celebrated Dr. Seuss 107th birthday! “My Many Colored Days”  by Dr. Seuss tells about all the different types of days a person can have from a yellow busy, buzzy bee day to a slow brown bear day.

Children’s musician Laurie Berkner wrote a wonderful lyrical book, “The Story of My Feelings”, about the ways we can express emotions by crying, laughing, yelling and sighing. This book comes with a musical recording of the book, so readers can sing/read along with the illustrations.

We burned 400 calories jumping up every time the word “up” appeared in Dr. Seuss, “A Great Day for Up!” The silly rhyming text also shows all the different meanings of the word up. You can find out more about Dr. Seuss, play games and make crafts at http://www.seussville.com/!

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