Toddler Storytime Theme: Snow

3 Feb

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Storytime was intersting to say the least!  I have 25 kids registered with 6+ on the wait list and ended up with at least 25-30 in storytime yesterday.  Considering the number of children in the room, the program went fairly smoothly, although I had a few adults that kept talking while I was reading, which can be rather distracting and our new bluetooth speaker was not loud enough to compete in the room with that many people!  But, I did use rhythm sticks and the kids did a great job with them!  No poked eyes, no bruises and everyone returned them to me at the end of the song!  Overall, a pretty good storytime for the HUGE crowd!

Opening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

Early Literacy Tip: It’s not unnatural for a toddler to be moving around while you’re trying to read a story.  They might be moving, but they’re listening too.  You can also try reading aloud during snack time or bath time when they are more likely to be sitting down (and somewhat contained)!

Book 1: Snow Happy by Patricia Hubbell

Transition:5 Little Snowflakes

Five little snowflakes (Hold up 5 fingers.)
Floating by my door, (Move hand in a floating motion.)
One blew away.
WHOOSH! (Dramatically move both hands from one side to the other.)
And then there were four. (Hold up 4 fingers.)

Four little snowflakes
Falling down on me, (Wiggle fingers down to the floor then point to self.)
One blew away.
WHOOSH! (Dramatically move both hands from one side to the other.)
And then there were three. (Hold up 3 fingers.)

Three little snowflakes
Falling down on you, (Wiggle fingers down to the floor then point to children.)
One blew away.
WHOOSH! (Dramatically move both hands from one side to the other.)
And then there were two. (Hold up 2 fingers.)

Two little snowflakes
Having lots of fun, (Make ASL sign for “play”.)
One blew away.
WHOOSH! (Dramatically move both hands from one side to the other.)
And then there were one. (Hold up 1 finger.)

One little snowflake
Lying in the sun, (Form a large circle over your head with your arms.)
It melted away.
SPLOOSH! (Clap hands together.)
And then there were none. (Hold up closed fist.)

Wiggles:Once There Was a Snowman
Once was there was a snowman, snowman, snowman
Once there was a snowman
Tall, tall, tall
In the sun he melted, he melted, he melted
In the sun he melted
Small, small, small

Book 2: The Snow Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Transition: “Tap Your Sticks” Rhythms on Parade – Hap Palmer

Book 3: Snow, Blowy Winter by Bab Raczka

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

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