Counting: Toddler Storytime

Books We Shared

Ten Tiny Babies features Karen Katz’s adorable illustrations of rolly-polly bouncy babies, and we count them from 1 to 10.

Nancy Tafuri is one of the best author/illustrators for babies and toddlers, and in Five Little Chicks some baby chicks and their mother hen have fun exploring the farm looking for food. This would be a great book to pair with the song “Los Pollitos” (Baby Chicks) which you can find on many CDs in our catalog.


Flannel Boards We Shared

Five Little Speckled Frogs

five green and speckled frogs

Five little speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating a most delicious fly — Yum, Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four little speckled frogs!

(keep singing, removing one at a time until there are none left)

(I use the song from Wiggleworms Love You)

Ten in the Bed

Ten in the Bed felt board

There were ten in the bed, and the little one said
“Roll over! Roll over!”
So they all rolled over, and one fell out!

There were nine in the bed…. etc.

(until there is only the “little one” who says, “Goodnight!”)

Ladybug’s Spots

Ladybug has one spot, one spot, one spot
Ladybug has one spot on her back.

(add a spot and change the number)


Letter of the Day

Our Letter of the Day was C for Counting! We drew a big C in the air, celebrated other words that start with C, and found kids whose names begin with C. This is something I think I will continue to do with the Letter of the Day segment.


Action Songs & Bounces We Shared

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… Buuuuuuuuuuut…
Do not let them in!

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Fly away Jack! Fly away Jill!
Come back Jack! Come back Jill!

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market
This little piggy stayed home
This little piggy had roast beef
This little piggy had none
This little piggy cried Wee wee wee wee all the way home!

(I usually end with tickles)

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends)

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


Music from CDs We Shared

Did you know singing and dancing improve brain function?  Here are some of the songs/dances on CD that we used in storytime to power up our early literacy with some great blood flow!

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

“Speckled Frogs” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

“I Know a Chicken” from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

“Goodbye in the Bayou” from Bon Voyage by Jazzy Ash

“Goodbye Song” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty


Video We Shared

We watched an episode called “Train,” part of a section called “Count with Maisy” on the Good Morning Maisy DVD. In the film Maisy is rounding up animals for a kind of circus or zoo train. She needs two giraffes, four snakes, seven birds, etc. The film emphasized counting, number sense and number literacy.

We have lots of great Maisy books by Lucy Cousins in the collection, including Maisy’s First Numbers!

Continue the Fun

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

AnnMarie Kolakowski

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, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes 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 on creative writing activities for kids.

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