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Tiny Tots and Toddler Storytime: Rhythm


It was all about music and rhythm in this week’s storytimes.

The first five activities were done with both groups. After that I’ve noted which activity went with each group. You will notice the Toddler group had an extra book and songs were shifted a little. The older kids can stay with me for a little longer than the one year olds so I could squeeze in that extra song book just fine.

Hello Bubbles

Hands Are Clapping (Hands, Feet, Bodies wiggling)

Two Little Blackbirds (This week they were sitting on a cloud being quiet and loud. I didn’t like ending on loud, so with the help of a co-worker we made it blackbirds sitting in a loft, one named loud and one named soft!)

Book: Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler

Cover Art for Jazz baby

Jump Like a Frog

Tiny Tots: If You’re Happy and You Know It (clap, stomp, tickle)

Tiny Tots: Itsy Bitsy Spider by Annie Kubler

Cover Art for Itsy bitsy spider

Toddlers: Hush Little Baby by Marla Frazee

Cover Art for Hush, little baby : a folk song with pictures

Toddlers: If You’re Happy and You Know It (clap, stomp, tickle)

Toddlers: Itsy Bitsy Spider by Annie Kubler

Both: Shakers: We’re Tapping by Kathy Reid-Naiman

Reaching For The Stars!

Both: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Jane Cabrera

Goodbye Bubbles

Splish Splash by Bobby Darin

Activity: Musical Instruments with Dance Party music playing

Parent message: At this age we’re really working on social and emotional development, so not only will we play and have fun with the instruments, but we will practice sharing and not hitting our neighbors over the head. 😉

Author: Kendra

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

4 thoughts on “Tiny Tots and Toddler Storytime: Rhythm

  1. Man, I love all the fab ideas on your blog! I tried bubbles today in family storytime, complete with your Goodbye Bubbles song, after reading about your success with them. It quickly turned into chaos as the kids jumped all around after the bubbles. I apologized to the parents and am hesitant to try again except in babytime. Any tips on maintaining some level of control and avoid bubble madness?

    • With my toddler group I ask parents to keep an eye on their kids so no one gets hurt. With older kids I ask them to stand in their spot like a statue. If they get out if hand I stop blowing and ask them to sit down during bubbles. Even when it’s gets crazy in toddler time I’ve never had a kid get hurt. Some fall down but the bubbles distract them from being upset mostly. And parents do a pretty good job of holding back their especially excited kids. I call it the bubble mosh pit, it’s so chaotic! Good luck!

  2. Thanks for the ideas on the bubble mosh pit. I clearly need to be a little more specific on directions to parents 🙂

    • How old are your kids? It takes practice giving parents expectations and sometimes they don’t want to hear them or follow them but when it’s for safety, they’re usually pretty good about it. Good luck! Let me know how it goes. 🙂

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