Toddler Storytime: Trees


Books We Shared


I Spy

We got to meet some puppet animals that live in trees, peeking out of my I Spy Box!


Flannel Boards We Shared

Little Squirrel, Little Squirrel

This flannelboard gave kids practice identifying color names, rhyming words, and left-to-right prereading focus.

Little squirrel, little squirrel, time to eat!
Which leaf is hiding your yummy treat?

(We lift up each leaf in turn until we find the acorn.)


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.

(we sang this song with scarves)

All the Leaves are Falling Down

(Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down)

All the leaves are falling down
Falling down, falling down.
All the leaves are falling down,
It is fall time.
They are yellow, red and brown,
Red and brown, red and brown.
They are yellow, red and brown.
It is fall time.
Take the leaves and crunch them up,
Crunch them up, crunch them up.
Take the leaves and crunch them up.
It is fall time.
Watch them drifting to the ground,
To the ground, to the ground.
Watch them drifting to the ground.
It is fall time.

(Credit: https://perpetualpreschool.com/leaf-songs/)

One Bright Scarf

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Toss it up high and wave it down low
Wiggle it fast and wiggle it slow
(put scarf over face) Hey! Where did you go…? There you are!

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’m a Little Pinecone

(Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little pinecone
brown and small
I live in a pine tree, oh so tall.
When the cold wind blows
I dance and hop –
down to the ground with a
PLOP, PLOP, PLOP!

(Credit: http://www.preschooleducation.com/stree.shtml)

Peekaboo

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

Way Up High in the Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree
Two little apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Mmm Mmm Mmm those apples were good!

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.

“Dancing Scarf Blues” from Dancing Feet by Carole Peterson


Video We Shared

We watched “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves,” animated from the book by Julia Rawlinson with pictures by Tiphanie Beeke.

Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about trees 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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