Circus: Toddler Storytime

Last Tuesday, we visited the circus in books!


Books We Shared

Flannel Boards We Shared

Pete the Clown and his Three Bright Balloons

(Credit: Story Time Secrets)

(We just did three balloons)

Pete the Clown bought three bright balloons at the circus.
He was so excited about them, he sang a song as he walked along.
“I’ve got three balloo-oons! I’ve got three balloo-oons!”

(The tune for Pete’s song is what you would sing if you were part of a conga line.)

But then… POP!
One balloon broke and started to drop.
Now how many balloons did Pete have?

Did Pete cry? No, never.
He knows balloons don’t last forever.
Pete was still so happy to have two balloons, that he kept walking along and singing his song.

“I’ve got two balloo-oons! I’ve got two balloo-oons!”

(Repeat the same sequence of events until Pete is out of balloons, then add the following ending.)

Pete was out of balloons! What could he do?

Well, he stopped where he was, turned around, and went back to the circus, where he got three more balloons.

As he walked along, he sang his song:
“I’ve got three balloo-oons! I’ve got three balloo-oons!”


Letter of the Day

Action Songs & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!
You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

I told the kids I don’t know any circus tricks, but that I knew a magic trick. I could make a bunny come out of my top hat! After the bunny appeared, we sang a song:

Did You Ever See a Bunny Hop Out of a Hat?

(To the tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie?)

Did you ever see a bunny, a bunny, a bunny
Did you ever see a bunny hop out of a hat?

Did you ever see a clown… waddle this way and that?
Did you ever see an acrobat… flip this way and that?
Did you ever see a juggler… juggle this way and that?

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Place them on your lap, lap, lap

Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
right up to your chin, chin, chin

Open up your little mouth but….
DO NOT LET THEM IN!

I Had a Little Red Balloon

(We blew on our scarves)

I had a little red balloon
And I blew, and I blew, and I blew.
And it grew, and it grew, and it grew.
I tossed it up in the air,
And didn’t let it drop.
I bounced it on the ground,
And it went “Pop!”
(Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFsUBuJU3d4)

Funny Clown

(To the tune of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)

Funny clown, funny clown,
Wave to your fans
Funny clown, funny clown
Clap your hands
Funny clown, funny clown,
Touch your big toes.
Funny clown, funny clown
Honk your nose.

(Source: https://perpetualpreschool.com/clown-songs/)

Peekaboo

Peekaboo, where are you?
Hiding in your… place! Peekaboo!
Peekaboo, I see you
and your smiling… face! Peekaboo!

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Friends 

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Goodbye friends, it’s time to say goodbye.


Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

“Popcorn” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty


Video We Shared

We watched some songs performed by The Wiggles on the DVD Hot Poppin’ Popcorn.

Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about the circus to check out at your Pasadena Public Library Branch:

AnnMarie Hurtado

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, STEAM Careers in Pasadena, and other STEAM/science programs. I teach 1-2 sessions of Infant/Toddler Storytime each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book, 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.

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