Toddler Storytime Theme: Cookies

1 Mar

Cookies.jpg

This storytime made me soooo hungry!  The kids really enjoyed all of the books and were quite interested in figuring out who ate all the cookie dough in Karen Beaumont’s book Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?  They also love melting during our wiggles song “Once There Was a Snowman” (we do it twice to maximize our melting!).  And of course, who doesn’t love duckling and Pigeon from Mo Willems.  I totally play up the Pigeon’s level of stress and when I asked the group what Pigeon should do, one little girl responded (in a dead serious voice), “Calm Down.”  This is definitely a storytime I could see repeating in the future, because honestly, who doesn’t love cookies?

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: Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont

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: Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington

Transition: “Shakin’ Everywhere” – Jim Gill, The Irrational Anthem

Book 3: The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

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