Toddler Storytime – Birds, Birds, Birds! – February 16, 2016


We read books about birds today!  Here are some of the stories, songs & activities we explored:

OUR FIRST BOOK

night owl


For our first book I read Night Owl by Toni YulyNight owl stays up late and is very brave UNTIL she realizes she’s lost sight of her mommy.  She strains to hear her mother’s hoooot!  Before she finds her mommy she hears tap, toot, chirrup and croak…then it’s thunder, rumble, BOOM!  (These are not the sounds of her momma!)  She flies back home, hoping to hear her mommy’s familiar voice.  Finally, as she sits up in the tree and listens one more time…she hears a faint hoooot!  Guess who that is?  Great visuals and simple text make this a great book for the wee ones…the older children seemed to enjoy it too.


 OUR TRANSITION ACTIVITIES:

Open Shut Them

Open shut them, open shut them (hands open and close)

Give a little clap clap clap (hands clap)

Open shut them, open shut them (hands open and close)

Place them in your lap, lap, lap. (place hands in lap)

Creep them crawl them, creep them crawl them (crawl fingers up both arms)

Right up to your chinny, chin, chin (tap fingers onto chin)

Open up your little mouth BUT (keep tapping and open mouth)

DO NOT LET THEM IN!!! (quickly place both hands behind back)

Roll Your Hands

Roll, roll, roll your hands as fast as fast can be

Do it now, let me see, do it now with me.

Clap, clap, clap your hands as loud as loud can be

Do it now, let me see, do it now with me.

Tap, tap, tap your feet as softly as can be

Do it now, let me see, do it now with me.

Shake, shake, shake your feet as quickly as can be

Do it now, let me see, do it now with me.

Roll, roll, roll your hands as fast as fast can be

Do it now, let me see, do it now with me.

(Carol Hammett & Elaine Bueffel, Toddlers on Parade CD)

toddlers on parade


OUR SECOND BOOK

early bird

For our second book I read Early Bird and we find out that the early bird does really catch the worm!  Isn’t that how the saying goes?  In this simple, yet colorful and boldly illustrated picture book, Toni Yuly shows us that the early bird is up VERY EARLY and does catch the worm (after some shenanigans) but she and the worm share a beautiful, red, juicy strawberry – the worm is not eaten…phew!



OUR FLANNEL BOARD: 

Five Little Birds

5 little birds

1 little bird with feathers of blue, flew beside the green one and then there were 2

2 little birds singing in the tree, the red one came to join them and then there were 3

3 little birds wishing there were more, along came the pink bird and then there were 4

4 little birds happy to be alive, found a yellow one and then there were 5

5 little birds happy as can be, singing songs for you and me!


 OUR FINGERPLAY:  Little Bluebird

Little bluebird rests in a tree (put thumb up)

Little bluebird looks at me (move thumb)

Little bluebird chirps hello (tap thumb with index)

Spread your wings & away you go!  (cross hands, hook thumbs & wave fingers to fly away)


OUR VIDEO:  

Larry’s New Friends

OUTSIDE3


OUR OPENING & CLOSING SONGS:

Welcome, Welcome

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!

Clap Everybody and Say Hello

                                                                                               sally go round the sun

Clap everybody and say hello,

Clap everybody and say hello,

Clap everybody and say hello,

No matter what the weather…

REPEAT verse with Stamp, Wiggle, Jump & Sing

(Kathy Reid-Naiman, Sally Go Round the Sun CD)

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are!

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out!

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again!

I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot, short and stout

Here is my handle, here is my spout

When I get all full of steam I shout

Tip me over and pour me out!

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill

One named Jack and the other named Jill

Fly away Jack and fly away Jill

Come back Jack and come back Jill


OUR GOODBYE SONG & STRETCH:

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – to the tune of  “Goodnight Ladies

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends, goodbye friends,

It’s time to say goodbye….

Tickle the Clouds

Tickle the clouds,

Tickle your toes

Turn around and tickle your nose

Reach down low,

each up high,

storytime’s over,

 

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