Infant & Toddler Time – Colors!

Colors are EVERYWHERE!  We read books about colors and color mixing today!  Here are the stories, activities and songs we shared about our theme.

Stories

blue-horse rainbow-dream brown-bearmouse-paint

During our infant and toddler storytimes, we read Maisy’s Rainbow Dream by Lucy Cousins and The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle.  (I abridged Lucy Cousin’s book a bit for the infants).  In Cousin’s story, Maisy falls asleep and dreams in technicolor – she dreams of a red ladybug, an orange fish, a purple butterfly, a blue clock…all of the colors of the rainbow are represented in this book of vivid colors.  In Eric Carle’s classic we are introduced to a young artist who exclaims:  “I am an artist and I paint a…”  Of course each page highlights an animal the artist has painted in bold, unpredictable colors.  His final painting is a masterpiece – a polka dotted donkey!  This was a big hit with both the infants and the toddlers.

During toddler storytime,  we also explored color mixing with a flannel story inspired by Ellen Stoll Walsh’s book, Mouse Paint.  The story begins with three white mice who usually play in front of a white wall (that way the pesky cat can’t find them).  We find out what happens when they go on an adventure and run into three cans of paint – one blue, one red and one yellow.  (Refer to the flannel board story section below for the entire tale!)

Flannel Board Story

INFANT STORYTIME

Little Boy Blue

Little boy blue, come blow your horn.

The sheep’s in the meadow, the cows in the corn.

Where is the little boy who looks after the sheep?

He’s under the haystack, fast asleep.

Will you wake him?

Surely not I for if I do, he’ll surely cry.

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Credit:  Illustration by Clara M. Burd for her book –  

“Mother Goose and Her Goslings”

INFANT & TODDLER STORYTIME

 Brown bear brown bear

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

We took the book by Bill Martin, Jr. and turned it into an interactive flannel board story.  The infants and toddlers were attracted to the colorful animals and enjoyed identifying both the animals and the colors.  I used a handheld flannel & the regular flannel board for both age groups.  By doing so, the children and I could identify the color of each animal prior to placing it on the larger, standing flannel board.  The kids loved it!

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?

I see a red bird looking at me.

Red bird, red bird, what do you see?”…

(Repeat until you’ve gone through all of the animals – yellow duck, green frog, blue horse, purple cat, white dog and goldfish.)

 TODDLER STORYTIME 

Mouse Paint (abridged version of Ellen Stoll Walsh’s book)

The story begins with three white mice who usually play in front of a white wall (that way the pesky cat can’t find them).

One day they decide to take a chance and go on a wonderful adventure.  They scurry through the park and find three cans of paint:  a red can, a blue can and a yellow can.  Of course they start to wonder what it would be like to be another color.  So the first mouse jumps into the red can and when he comes out, he is red.  The second mouse jumps into the blue can and when he comes out he is blue.  Finally, the third mouse jumps into the yellow can and…you guessed it!  She comes out yellow!  They were so thrilled…they thought it was magic!  But then the blue mouse turned to the yellow mouse and said, “You look so bright and sunny!  I want to be yellow like you!”  So he jumped into the yellow can of paint, but when he jumped out…he wasn’t yellow, he was GREEN, BECAUSE BLUE MIXED WITH YELLOW MAKES GREEN!  The yellow mouse was so excited that she decided to jump into the red can to see what color she would become.  When she jumped out, she realized she had turned ORANGE, BECAUSE YELLOW MIXED WITH RED MAKES ORANGE!  Well the red mouse wanted to join the fun so he decided to jump into the blue can to see what color he would become.  When he jumped out he saw that he’d turned PURPLE, BECAUSE RED MIXED WITH BLUE MAKES PURPLE!  All three mice were so excited at their discovery that they spread the word about color mixing to everyone in the neighborhood (except that pesky cat).  THE END!

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Rhymes & Songs We Shared

We have a lot of fun doing action rhymes at storytime!  Here are the ones we shared without musical accompaniment.

INFANT STORYTIME

Welcome Song  (tune: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’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.

Dickery Dickery Dare (tune :  Hickory Dickory Dock)

DickeryDickery, dickery dare, (bounce baby on lap)
The pig flew up in the air. (lift baby up in air)
The man in brown
Soon brought him down! (bring baby back down to lap)
Dickery, dickery, dare. (bounce baby on lap)

The Grand Old Duke of York (See video of Grand Old Duke of York)

The grand old Duke of York (bounce baby on lap)
He had 10,000 men, (bounce baby on lap)
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up in the air)
And he marched them down again. (bring baby down onto lap)
When they’re up, they’re up (lift baby up in the air)
And when they’re down, they’re down, (bring baby down onto lap)
And when they’re only halfway up, (bring baby halfway up)
They’re neither up nor down. (lift baby up and bring baby down again)

One Little Nose

One little nose (touch baby’s nose)
Two little feet (touch baby’s feet)
Three little tickles on your tummy so sweet (tickle baby’s tummy)
Four little kisses on five little toes (kiss baby four times)
Then one more kiss for you sweet little nose.  (kiss baby’s nose)

Mr. Moon (See video of Mr. Moon)

Mr. Moon, Mr. Moon, you’re out too soon,
The sun is still in the sky,
So go back to your bed and cover up your head,
And wait ’til the day goes by.

TODDLER STORYTIME

Welcome Song

(to tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now we’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.

Open Shut Them (See a video of Open Shut Them)

Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (clap hands on each clap)
Open, shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Open shut them. (hands palms out with fingers stretched, then close into fists)
Place them on your lap-lap-lap.  (pat lap three times)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Creep them, crawl them (creep fingers up from lap towards chin)
Right up to your chin-chin-chin (tap fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth wide)
BUT DO NOT LET THEM IN! (say quickly and hide hands behind back).

INFANT & TODDLER STORYTIMES

Goodbye Friends (in sign)

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends, goodbye friends,

It’s time to say goodbye..

See video here:  Goodbye Friends

(For infants we replace “friends” with “babies”)


 Music We Shared

Singing is a great way to share words and rhythms with your baby.  While you don’t need a music cd to do this, we do share some songs from cds in our storytimes.

INFANT & TODDLER STORYTIMES

wee-sing

Ladies Ride”, “Trit Trot” & “Trot, Trot, Trot” 

Wee Sing for Baby

“My Little Hands”

ChildrensFavoriteSongsVol3
“Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

songs for wiggleworms
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

“You Are My Sunshine”

“Goodbye, Goodbye”

Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

“I’m a Little Teapot &  Two Little Blackbirds”

SALLY
“Clap Everybody and Say Hello”

Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

toddlers on parade
“Roll Your Hands”

Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel


 Film We Watched in Toddler Storytime

doodledoodle baby, vol. 1 

More Fun

If you’d like to read more books about colors, check these out at your local public library:

bear-sees-colors colors stanleys-colorsrojo

 

 

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