I did this toddler time last Tuesday — this past week has been a crazy one! We are definitely gearing up to head in to the craziness of summer!
Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello
Nursery Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock and Diddle Diddle Dumpling
Opening Fingerplay: Open Them, Shut Them
Book: Hello, Robots by Bob Staake
I love the bright, primary colors and repeating text in this book. It’s a little bit long for my wiggly toddler set, but that’s easily solved with a paper clip! I clipped together some of the middle of the story, and it was juuuust the right length. Not sure if my littlest toddlers understood that the robots switched heads and that’s what solved the problems, but they knew things ended when everyone did their part to help out. So that’s a win!
Song: Robot, Robot
Another song from 1,000 Fingerplays and Action Rhymes by Barbara Scott — I’m trying to make better use of the professional development titles everyone ignores in our work room! Simple variation on Puppy Dog, Puppy Dog, I tweaked it so they would be sitting down at the end. Do all the actions with maximum robot-iness for the most success!
Touch the ground.
turn left and right.
flash your lights.
bloop and bleep.
Go to sleep.
Book: The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
I really love this book about all the things a box can be. I was really delighted when one of my regulars, who always enjoys toddler time but is pretty shy, exclaimed “the box is a robot!!” when we got to that page. It was awesome!!!
Flannel: Robot Parts
I cut out a bunch of different shapes in several sizes and colors. Each kid took a turn placing one of the shapes in a robot shape. It was a great opportunity to practice our color and shape vocabulary, plus, who doesn’t need a little practice taking turns! One girl, who at five was a little too old to really get the most out of toddler time, was pretty upset that the other kids were putting the pieces on “wrong”. I just kept cheerfully saying that we were taking turns and there would be plenty of time to play with the flannel pieces after stories, and all was fine.
Song: The Lights on the Robot
Another song from 1,000 Fingerplays and Action Rhymes, this song was a big hit. I think that one great thing about The Wheels on the Bus and its variations is that the repetition allows even the youngest kids to catch on. Definitely a winner!
The lights on the robot
blink on and off,
on and off, on and off.
The lights on the robot
blink on and off,
all around the rocket ship
(arms on the robot go up and down,
dials on the robot turn left and right,
legs go up and down,
power on the robot powers down)
Book: See Otto by David Milgrim
This book is actually a beginning reader that’s leveled to pre-reading. I had a little blurb for parents before I started about how sometimes it’s nice to read beginning readers together, so your little one will get excited about the prospect of eventually reading on their own. It’s a pretty repetitive title, but my toddlers were rapt with anticipation. I think using a beginner book will only work with small crowds like mine, though. The format doesn’t really scale to big groups.
Shaker Songs: We’re Going to Kentucky and Shake Your Shakers High
Song: Rum Pum Pum
Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Goodbye I’ll See You Soon
We had a really small group at Toddler Time this week! One family of regulars, and one family that had an infant, a young toddler, an older toddler, and a five year old. The mixed-age kids were actually really good listeners, but unfortunately, their mom was not. She didn’t participate in any of the songs or rhymes and played on a tablet the entire time. It was such a small group that I didn’t want to single her out and embarrass her, but it was definitely detrimental to the storytime vibe. The kids were also a little…screech-y and cranky during free play. Hopefully the family will come back, but to a program like Family Fun that has more to appeal to all their ages.
Overall, this was a fun toddler time. We’re now on programming pause, so I’ll have the next two weeks off of programming so I can prep for Summer Reading!!