Toddler Time: Colors

Continuing to tie my school-aged program themes in to my Toddler Time themes, I had a Colors Themed storytime this week. This was made more challenging by the fact that I just did a whole mess of color storytimes in the Spring! Well, if nothing else, at least there are lots of awesome toddler books on this subject, so it was kind of fun to branch out to brand new books.

Opening Song: Welcome, Welcome Everyone

Welcome, welcome everyone.
Now you’re here; let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone.
Now we’re here; let’s have some fun!

Nursery Rhyme: The Old Grand Duke of York

Oh, the old grand duke of york,
He had 10,000 men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
then he marched them down again.
And when they were up, they were up.
And when they were down, they were down.
And when they were only halfway up,
they were neither up nor down.

Action Rhyme: Five Fat Sausages

Book: Brown Cow, Green Grass, and Yellow Mellow Sun by Ellen Jackson and Victoria Raymond

I found this book hiding on the shelves first because the colors in the title caught my eye. What is really cool about it, though, is that it shows the process of how butter is made. For kids who have maybe never seen a live cow before, and who have always gotten their butter from a package at the grocery store, where butter comes from is a revelation! I love the illustrations in this book – they have an almost folk-art feel that really compliments the agrarian theme. This book is definitely worth a try for your Toddler Times! Give it a read first, though, as the rhythm is a little uneven.

Song: Bread and Butter

With my younger kids, we just did a random song, because we had so many kids the music sticks were out of the question. Also because Ms Ariel totally forgot her Toddler Time cheat sheet and forgot every song she had ever planned to use. It was a rough day! My preschoolers definitely have been digging the music sticks, though.

Bread and butter, toast and jam,
I hit my sticks as [loud, soft, fast, slow] as I can!

Book: Counting Ovejas by Sarah Weeks and David Diaz

I LOVE this book for so many reasons. I’ve been trying to incorporate more bilingual books into my story time, since I do live in a bilingual city! This book has it all – Spanish and English, colors, funny sight gags, counting, and a sweet bedtime theme. If you aren’t a fluent Spanish speaker (that’s me!), make sure you run through it at least once to perfect your color pronunciations!

Finger Play for Toddlers: Open Them, Shut Them

Finger Play for Preschoolers: Put Your Hands Up High

Action Song: Fruit Salad

Book: I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

This series is really great! There’s a small hint about who the animal is, and a die-cut circle let’s you see their eye. All the kids loved guessing what the animal on the next page was. The illustrations are really beautiful – realistic and expressive at the same time. If you can, I’d definitely recommend snagging this book (or any of the other I Spy books by Gibbs) for your storytime collection. They are a delight!!

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

I put out some pasta and rice that I had dyed different colors with vinegar and food coloring. The kids LOVED sorting it and pouring it between cups I had put out. Several of the adults asked how I dyed it, so hopefully they’ll make some at home! I really think my effort to incorporate more easy sensory play examples into storytime has encouraged parents to explore easy things to do at home. SCORE!

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