I did this toddler time on September 4, but it’s been a pretty crazy week and I didn’t blog it. So, thanks for your patience! Colors is such an easy story time because there are so many great concept books out there, especially for the toddler level!
Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello
Nursery Rhyme: Baa Baa Black Sheep
Nursery Rhyme: Five Fat Sausages
Opening Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers Up
Book: Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
Dear Pete the Cat: I love you; never change! Toddlers, preschoolers, younger elementary schoolers, and parents can all get in to stories about one groovy cat and his laid-back adventures. The easy concepts, the bright art work, the simple plot, and the songs make it a storytime all star. My only qualm with this book is that when you step in something blue after you step in something red, it should turn your shoes PURPLE! not blue. But hey, nobody’s perfect.
Song: Free dancing with ribbons!
I just grabbed a random kids’ CD from the music rack (I think I ended up with Laurie Berkner), put on the music, and we danced with the wrist ribbons. The younger toddlers were not so in to this (they don’t really want to get up and move around as much, strangely!), but the older toddlers in my second session were jamming down with me.
Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear is one of those books that when I, as an adult, look at it, I think, “yeah, that’s a pretty good book”. But then when I read it to toddlers or preschoolers, they are ENTRANCED. Maybe it’s the simple words, the bright illustrations, and the repeating text. It’s always ALWAYS a hit, though. Not one toddler moved as I read about the animals.
Song: Red, Red is the Color that I See
I have no idea who I borrowed this from. Oops. If I stole it from you, I’m sorry! Email me and I’ll definitely link back. This song in it’s original iteration that I used back in March had the children turning around, but I realized that lots of toddlers aren’t confident turning around on their own, yet. So, wiggling it is! Wiggling is more fun, anyway! We did this enough times that everyone got to stand up at least once.
Red, red is the color that I see.
If you’re wearing red, then show it to me.
Stand up, wiggle around,
Show me your red, and sit back down.
Song: Driving Around in My Little Red Car
Borrowed from Storytime Katie, this song is short and easy! I like letting the kiddos call out the colors for the next cars.
Book: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dod
Dog is super great! I love that this book incorporates colors AND counting so seamlessly. I also think the vocabulary is incredibly rich without being too in your face about it. Three winners today in terms of book selection!
Shaker Songs: New shaker songs, too!
Shake It to the East
Shaking your Shaker!
Song: Rum Pum Pum
Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Goodbye I’ll See You Soon
This is a great storytime! Pretty much it was populated with all-star books, fun and interactive songs, and enthusiastic kids.