What do those things have in common? Nothing, except they all had a place in toddler storytime on Wednesday!
A note about the parachute: with toddlers I always make an announcement before getting out the chute: “Grown ups, please help me keep eyes on all the kids under the chute. If any look scared or hurt, please get them out from under the chute. We want this to be a fun and exciting experience without anyone getting hurt or scared! You can let your toddler help us with the chute if they are uncomfortable being underneath or they can sit in your lap and watch from a distance. Whatever works for your family.” I’ve never had any trouble using the parachute and I think it’s really because they are all on the lookout for their own kids and paying attention to others’ kids. I get a great sense of community with this activity.
Here’s how it all went down:
Welcome (back since I missed the week before due to a death in the family-happily they were all happy to see me again!): Reminders about storytime break in December and to please sing along because no matter how terrible you think you sound, your kids LOVE the sound of your voice! The more you sing, the more they learn.
Welcome Song: Hello Bubbles
Song: When Animals Get Up in the Morning (with frog, dog, owl, and snake)
Action Song: Wake Up Toes
Book: So Big! by Dan Yaccarino (out of print, sadly)
Action Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Book: Giant Pop-Out Pets by Wendy Lui This is one of those “guess who” kinds of books. I just start reading even though they aren’t really with me and then BAM! pop out that cat and they are ALL like “Wha?!” and “Whoa!” and “Ooooh!” Pop out magic for the win.
Shakers: We’re Tapping by Kathy Reid-Naiman
Shakers: Instrumental Freeze song
Parachute: These are the Colors Over You
Parachute: Wheels on the Bus
Parachute: Peek -a- Boo!
Book: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera (just one verse)
Book for second session because a patron REALLY wanted Twinkle Twinkle in the first session and I just couldn’t say no!: Itsy Bitsy Spider by Annie Kubler
Activity: finger painting with shaving cream
Aren’t these kids adorable?! They had a LOT of fun!