Continuing the session theme of colors, I tackled things that were green with this toddler time.
Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello
Nursery Rhyme: Baa Baa Black Sheep
Nursery Rhyme: Five Fat Sausages
Opening Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers Up
Book: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
This is such a fun book about opposites! I always like reading books with crazy vocabulary to my toddlers (and preschoolers!), because I know that even if they’re not getting the exact meaning of that exact word that exact second, they’re being exposed to a rich range of words. And the more words you hear, the more words you learn, the more words you’ll be ready to read! That’s what I tell my moms, at least. Anyhow, this book is always a delight, although I found that it was a tad long for my youngest toddlers (who would probably be happier in a baby time, but alas, I’m only one woman! So to toddler time they must come). I know I’ve seen several iterations of this as a flannelboard, though, and I think that the ability to make it more interactive would make it even stronger as a toddler title. I could also have clipped some of the pages. Live and learn.
Game: Little Bird
Still enjoying Little Bird. All the toddlers are getting SO much better at taking turns, and they’re pretty great at matching colors, too! Which is more impressive because the birds and the nests aren’t exactly the same shades!
Book: Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell
Man, this is another book that I’ve used before, and really like, but dang is it long when you’re halfway through it and the wiggles set in. Counting books are excellent, but I think maybe this one was confusing for toddlers, because they seemed to think the turtles were dead at the end. Oops!
Song: Storytime Cube
Storytime cube, storytime cube! Who knows what we sang? It left my mind immediately! But the storytime cube adds a lot of fun to the proceedings.
Book: Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley
A kinder, gentler version of Go Away, Big Green Monster. I love love LOVE the cut out pages in this one (like the original!), and the fact that it’s not scary like Big Green Monster. It’s really fun to watch little kids’ amazed faces as they see the monster taking form and then going away. Definitely a winner, and I thiiiiink you could even use it for a baby time, if you so desired.
Shaker Song: Shake It to the East
Shaker Song: Shaking your Shaker!
Song: Rum Pum Pum
Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Goodbye I’ll See You Soon
Hmmmmmmmm. I really like all the books I read for this storytime, but the wiggles were strong. I think reading *two* slightly long books was too much for my younger toddlers. For my story time kiddos (listen, I often read them exactly the same books, but with more commentary and questions for the older kids), it was a much better fit. Overall, though, not a flop! Just a wiggle.