Dressing Up: Toddler Storytime

In my last email, I invited everyone to come to storytime in a costume if they’d like. There were many adorable and creative costumes! Here are some group photos I took:

10 am group:

11 am group:

Books We Shared

I love the wearable books by Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz — And Book-o-Hats seemed like a great way I could get into the dress up fun, trying on different hats with each page turn!

Mama’s Pajamas by Mara Van Fleet is a beautiful and soft touch-and-feel book in which two children dress up like animals in costumes their mother made for them. This one reminded me of my own mother, who made me lots of things like a mermaid costume, a meerkat costume, a Jasmine costume and more during my Disney phase when I was small! 🙂


Flannel Boards We Shared

Little Cat, Little Cat

Little cat, little cat, are you behind the (color, type) hat?

Costume Party

I made up lyrics for this one on the fly:

I’m having a costume party! Oh! I hear the guests coming!
(knock knock)

I hear a little child knocking
Oh, what fun!
He’s dressed up as a pirate!
Now I have one.

(knock, knock)
Another little child knocking
Gee, I wonder who?
Oh my! A little froggy!
Now my guests are two.

(knock, knock)
Another little child knocking
Who can it be?
A bird? A plane? It’s Superman!
Now my guests are three.

(knock, knock)
Another little child knocking
On my purple door,
Dressed up like a bumblebee!
Now my total’s four.


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!

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends)

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

For these next ones we played with scarves:

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
(then cover your face)
Hey! Where did everybody go?
(lift up scarf) There you are!

Peekaboo

Peekaboo, where are you
hiding in your… PLACE! PEEKABOO!
Peekaboo, I see you
and your smiling… FACE! PEEKABOO!


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

“Dancing Scarf Blues” from Dancing Feet by Carole Peterson

“Monster Boogie” from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Today someone asked if I could share the goodbye songs I use. Here they are, and yes, they are in the library’s collection!

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

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


Video We Shared

Today we watched the episode “Fancy Dress Party” on the DVD Peppa Pig. My Birthday Party.

Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about dressing up 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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