Toddler Time: Dirty and Clean

Kind of a different theme than usual, but a really fun one! I let the kids get two hand stamps, one D and one C. We talked a little about opposites and then away we went!

Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello

Nursery Rhyme: Baa Baa Black Sheep

Nursery Rhyme: Five Fat Sausages

Book: Washabye Bear by Thomas Docherty

This is an interesting little book about a little girl who loves her bear so much that he gets dirty. After he’s washed, she worries that he’s different, since he smells different and looks different. So, they go on plenty of adventures to get him back to his normal, dirty self. This book was a really big hit with the preschoolers, since I think they understood the difficulty of letting go a beloved toy. The toddlers definitely listened to the story, but I don’t think it resonated with them as much.

Song: Storytime Cube

Book: Not Me by Nicola Killen

I LOVE the illustrations in this book. The remind me of Karen Katz’s big headed and adorable babies, just grown up a bit. The text felt a slight bit clunky at times – the Bertie/dirty rhyme in particular, but it’s short enough that it didn’t really matter.

Activity: Parachute Play

Book: Animal Baths by Bob Barner

I love the illustrations in this book! The collage illustrations are so bold and the lines are so clean – it makes this book a joy to look at! The rhyming text, though, is a little tricky, since the rhymes are between double page spreads. It’s hard to maintain rhythm when you have to pan and wait for all the kids to see. This book would be excellent for a baths storytime, too – it’s kind of interesting to see the different animals and how they bathe differently.

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

A pretty solid storytime! All these books are fairly short, so nobody got too antsy. Animal Baths was the clear favorite with the younger set, while my preschoolers really enjoyed Wash-A-Bye Bear.


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