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Toddler Storytime: Colors

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Well, I’m going to sleep well tonight! 70 people in the first storytime and 76 in the second. That’s a lot of toddlers and grown ups, folks. All crammed in to one room. And no one got hurt!

My themes are pretty much always accidental, but today it was a little planned. I needed to share Toot Toot, Beep Beep by Emma Garcia before giving it to the patron with a hold on it. So it was either cars or colors. There were more colors books on my shelf so… colors it is! That’s my super high tech planning method.

The outline: (as always, words are on the Rhymes page)

Welcome Song: Hello Bubbles

Warm Up Song: When Animals Get Up in the Morning (this is my absolute new favorite so we do it every week now!)

Read Toot Toot, Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

Action Rhyme: Jump Like a Frog

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It (end with Read a Book verse)

Read: Lemons are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Shakers: Go, Go, Go (run in place until I say stop, repeat)

Shakers: We’re Tapping by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Sing a Book: Little White Duck by Walt Whippo

Goodbye Song: Goodbye Bubbles

Splish Splash by Bobby Darin

Activity!!!! I’m SO excited about today’s activity because it’s super simple but also a little “green”.

Any of you who use Do-a-Dot Art daubers know that toddlers can be rough on them. After a while the sponge dauber part gets ripped or torn completely off rendering the dauber useless. EXCEPT, you can pop the tops off the containers and still use the ink! YAY! I decided to let the kids marble shaving cream with some of the dauber ink and they loved it! Lots of requests for colors (they KNOW the colors!) and lots of talking with parents about what new colors were being made when original colors were mixed together.

Here’s my neat version:


The dauber bottles after being dissected. They were all more than half full before we used them for painting. So glad I didn’t have to throw them out.


Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

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