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Toddler Storytime: Buzzzzzz!


I’m still blaming daylight savings time for all the cranky, unusually distracted kids. There were at least 3 meltdowns before storytime even started! The kind bubbles don’t even fix. That’s ok, I’m so tired after staying up too late checking local election results, I kinda want to throw a fit, too. Too bad my mommy isn’t here to pick me up and cuddle. But that might be a little weird. ANYWAY, here’s today’s outline:

Welcome: Hello Bubbles

Puppets: When Animals Get Up in the Morning (with duck, dog, frog, and bee)

Wiggler: Wake up Toes (only we did fingers, legs, and bodies today)

Book: Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Usually this is a show stopper so it tells you how off they were when I say they were SO not in to it.

Finger Puppets: Row, row, row your boat (with dog, sheep, cow, and elephant in a bin and they pop out when we get to “make a ____ sound”)

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Book: Little Bee by Edward Gibbs

This is a great board book but a little small for sharing for a crowd. I liked the story loop and figured it wouldn’t really matter if they could see the pictures as long as we were making animals sounds and talking about it. I did walk around a little so they could see it up close, though. This one they got in to a little more. Maybe it was the hissing? We’ll never know.

Shakers: Freeze Song-Instrumental: this song is from an obscure CD called Music for Creative Dance Vol. III. We don’t even own the CD so I have NO idea how it came to be on my iPod but it’s awesome to dance to and helps work on those listening skills a little. When the music stops, we STOP! When it starts again we shake (and squeal loudly, apparently-the suspense is just too much!). Much fun!

Shakers: We’re Tapping

They could seriously play with shakers the entire time so I like to dedicate at least 5 minutes to them, which seems long for an activity, but not when it’s shakers!

Book: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera

Each week we sing the first verse and then another selected verse from this book to close storytime. It has been really fun and works so well to calm the kids down a little after shakers.

Goodbye: Goodbye Bubbles

Splish Splash to bubbles

Activity: rubbing plates

This is one of the easiest activity for toddlers. Just give them a crayon, a rubbing plate, and a piece of paper and watch them go. Some just wanted to feel the bumps on the plate, some wanting to scribble on just the paper, but most LOVED dragging the crayon over the bumpiness over and over again. It almost put them into a daze. We were able to buy some fancy rubbing plates, but anything with a cool texture works! Try sandpaper, real leaves, or other flat-ish items around the house or the library.

Check the words to songs and rhymes on the Rhymes page here or at the top of the site.


Author: Kendra

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

2 thoughts on “Toddler Storytime: Buzzzzzz!

  1. Hey girl–do you have more info about what you do with Row Row Row anywhere? If not–Flannel Friday post? Tell me more! I’d also love to know where you got the trays/rubbing plates. You have really big ST, don’t you? How do you make sure you have enough for everybody?

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