Bedtime ~ Toddler Storytime

We explored stories and activities about Bedtime during toddler storytime.  Take a look at the books, flannel activities, songs, rhymes & video we shared.

Just for FUN!  Have you started sharing books with your baby before bedtime?  Comment below if you have any favorites!  I can list them in a future blog post.  It’s always nice to get a variety of ideas from our families. You are the EXPERTS when it comes to your little ones.

Books We Shared

  

In the book Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt,  we meet some animals who are ready to be tucked into bed.  Each page offers the question, “Who else needs to be tucked in?”  There is a baby piglet, a baby zebra, a baby alligator…even a baby moose!  This lift-the-flap book allows us to tuck each animal safely into bed.

Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora is about a sweet toddler who spends the day playing peekaboo with his family (including his puppy)!  Eventually his peekaboo playtime leads to his rubber ducky, his blankie and bedtime.

Flannel Boards We Shared

There Were Five in the Bed

Five in the Bed Tune:
There were five in the bed and RED one said,
“Roll over, roll over.”
So they all rolled over and the (color) one fell out.

(Repeat with each different color bear until you only have the RED bear in the bed).

Last line…..
There was one in the bed and the RED one said.
“I’m lonely, I’m lonely..”

So he called all his friends and they all came BACK!
(Count the bears as you put them back on the flannel board)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 bears!

Then sing:
There were five in the bed and the RED one said:
Night, night now…night, night now…so they all turned over and they turned out the lights. (click)

Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed one fell off and
Bumped his head, mama called the doctor and the doctor said:
“No more monkeys jumping on the Bed!”
Four Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed one fell off and
Bumped his head, mama called the doctor and the doctor said:
“No more monkeys jumping on the Bed!”
Three Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed one fell off and
Bumped his head, mama called the doctor and the doctor said:
“No more monkeys jumping on the Bed!”
Two Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed one fell off and
Bumped his head, mama called the doctor and the doctor said:
“No more monkeys jumping on the Bed!”
One Little Monkey Jumping on the Bed, he fell off and
Bumped his head, mama called the doctor and the doctor said:
“Put those monkeys back to bed!”

Action Songs & Rhymes

We share a lot of songs & rhymes during storytime!  Below you’ll find lyrics/words to these songs & rhymes.

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)

Two Little Eyes  fingerplay rhyme)

Two little eyes to look around (point to eyes)
Two little ears to hear a sound (point to ears)
One little nose to smell what’s sweet (point to nose)
One little mouth that likes to eat! (point to mouth)

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

“I know a Chicken” from Whaddya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner

“Sing” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty

“Time to Say Goodbye” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty

Video

Napping House (based on the picture book by Audrey and Don Wood)

CONTINUE THE FUN

If you want to read more books about bedtime make sure to check these out from your local Pasadena Library!

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