Our summer session of Toddler Storytime is underway.  Each week you’ll find a blog post that covers the books, rhymes, songs, flannel stories, fingerplays, puppets and video we shared.  For our seventh storytime of the session we read about shoes and feet!

Below you’ll find a record of everything we shared!

Books We Shared


In My New Shoes written by Leilani Sparrow and illustrated by Dan Taylor, we see a baby bear who wakes up to find that his feet are growing!  Time to buy some new shoes!!  He and his dad head out on the train to the shoe store. On the way they see feet EVERYWHERE!  Then the BIG decision – what type of shoes does baby bear need?  Galoshes?  Sandals?  Sneakers? Shoes that look like scary sharks???  Baby bear decides that he just wants shoes that fit!  This is the perfect story for infants about shoes.

One Foot, Two Feet by Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas promises to be “an exceptional counting book” and it doesn’t disappoint.  I had to shorten it a bit to fit an infant’s attention span but there is so much counting that there is more than enough content within the first half of the book.  We start with one foot and turn the page to find two feet, we start with one mouse, then turn the page to find three mice, one goose turns into four and one snowman turns into five!!!  We ended there because I told everyone the snowmen melted in the summer heat. To make the book effective for babies, I created a rhythmic counting pattern with each new page which kept the infants engaged and reinforced the math concept.

Flannel Boards We Shared

  Five Pairs of Dirty Socks


Five pairs of dirty socks on my bedroom floor,

Mom washed the blue pair and then there were four!

Four pairs of dirty socks, they belong to me

Dad washed the yellow pair and then there were three!

Three pairs of dirty socks, what’s a kid to do?

Brother washed the red pair and then there were two!

Two pairs of dirty socks, I wear them when I run,

Sister washed the green pair and then there was one!

One pair of dirty socks, one and only one,

I guess I’ll wash the orange pair and then there will be none!

No more pairs of dirty socks!

We washed them all today, but wait until tomorrow

More are on the way!!!

Credit:  Storytime Bandit


Ten little shoes here we go
Let’s all count them as I put them in rows.

Ten little shoes, again we go
Now let’s count them nice and slow

Ten little shoes, in neat rows
Let’s count them as away they go

Credit:  Jen in the Library

Action Songs & Rhymes

We share a lot of songs & rhymes during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared.

New Nursery Rhyme (see video below)

One, two
Buckle my shoe
Three, four
Knock on the door
Five, six
Pick up sticks
Seven, eight
Lay them straight
Nine, ten
A big, fat hen!

Welcome, Welcome Everyone (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

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! (see “CDs section” below to find this song in our CD collection)

Clap everybody and say hello, clap everybody and say hello, clap everybody and say hello, no matter what the weather

Stamp everybody… (stamp feet)

Wiggle everybody… (wiggle your body)

Jump everybody… (jump up and down)

Sing everybody… (open arms wide)

Roll Your Hands (see “CDs section” below to find this song in our CD collection)

Roll, roll, roll your hands as fast as fast can be! (roll hands)

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

Clap, clap, clap your hands as loud as loud can be!  (clap hands)

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

Tap, tap, tap your feet as softly as can be! (quietly tap feet)

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

Shake, shake, shake your feet as quickly as can be!  (quickly shake feet onto the ground)

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

Roll, roll, roll your hands as fast as fast can be! (roll hands)

Do it now, let me see, do it now with me. (keep rolling until the end of the song)

Open Shut Them – Video:  Open Shut Them

Open, shut them, open, shut them, (open and close hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap.  (clap three times)
Open shut them, open shut them (open and close hands)
Put them in your lap, lap, lap. (place hands in lap and bounce them 3X)

Creep them, crawl them, creep them crawl them, (crawl fingers up arms)
Right up to your chinny  chin chin. (place fingers on chin)
Open up your little mouth (open mouth and say ahhhhhh)
But do not put them in!! (put hands behind your back)

This is Big

This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star– Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

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.

You are My Sunshine (short version)

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray.

You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
And I love you more every day.

Goodbye Friends (in sign) – 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 action songs & rhymes on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

“ABC”  from Go Baby Go! Baby Loves Jazz by Baby Loves Jazz Band

Two Little Blackbirds” from  Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“We’re Going to the Market” from I Love to Hear the Sounds by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes” from Its Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel


Spot Takes a Bath 


If you want to read more books about shoes/socks make sure to check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library!