Toddler Storytime: Big Kids Now!

I loved my first Toddler Storytime here at Central!  Here are the things we did today:

We celebrated the letter B and talked about words that begin with B!  There are lots of creative ways to introduce alphabet letters to your child, and it’s never too early to start.  Now, our goal is not to get toddlers “reading” per se, but just exposing them to the letters and words that make up stories and drawing their attention to those letters so they start to build recognition.  So every Tuesday at storytime, we’ll talk about a new letter and by the end your child will know one third of the alphabet!

B felt board

 

We read Now I’m Big by Karen Katz.  We celebrated all the things we can do now that we’re not longer babies!

nowimbig

We also read Baby and Me by Emma Dodd.   This is a brand-new, great interactive book with tabs your toddler can pull to watch the pictures come to life.  Although these books don’t have the longest shelf life, they are totally fun and you should feel free to check them out with your toddler so you can enjoy them together!

babyandme

We learned the song “Hush, Little Baby” with a feltboard display:

hush little baby felt board

Hush, little baby, don’t say a word.
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird

And if that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass

And if that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

 

And we sang Pat-a-Cake, Itsy Bitsy Spider, I’m a Little Teapot, Two Little Blackbirds, and Twinkle, Twinkle.  We also had lots of fun with the songs Here is the Beehive and Open, Shut Them!

If you’ve never heard Here is the Beehive before, here are the words:

Here is the beehive, but where are the bees?

They’re hiding inside where nobody sees!

But wait!  Watch them come out of their hive…

One, two, three, four, five!

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!  (tickle!)

And Open, Shut Them is an old favorite here:

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 wide your little mouth but…

DO NOT LET THEM IN!

See you all next week!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. 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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