Toddler Storytime-Silly Stories

Today was all about being silly and reading silly stories! Here is what the line up was for the morning together:

1.) Hello song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: Green Eggs and Ham

3.) Song-Wave your Scarf

4.) Book Two (BIG Book Version)-The Cow that went Oink

5.) Flannel-Pirate wore a Red Patch

6.) Book Three: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

7.) Song- We Wiggle and Wiggle and Stop

8.) Book Four (BIG Book Version): Silly Sally

9.) Book and Flannel: I Know a Wee Piggy

10.) Song-The Fish in the Sea

11.) Goodbye Song with Lambchop




3.) Song-Wave Your Scarf from Jbrary





Flannel and Song: Pirate Wore a Red Patch to the tune of Mary wore a Red Dress






Song-Wiggle and Wiggle and Stop from Jbrary


I had the kids each have maracas and scarfs for the shake and wave parts 🙂 This song was a hit!




Book and Flannel:


I gave our laminated circles to each of the kids and when their color came up in the book they would bring up their flanneled circle to the flannel board to put up.


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Each of the kids had scarfs to play along with!



We had a blast being silly together! Next week is all about breakfast !


Toddler Storytime-Fairytales

Today was all about Fairytales, and nursery rhymes.  We had lots of fun today using instruments and singing songs together. Here was the plan…

1.) Hello Song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: The Owl Who Became the Moon

3.) Song with Instruments- Twinkle, Twinkle

4.) Book Two: The Fairytale Cake

5.) Song with Instruments: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

6.) Book Three: The Bear Who Wasn’t There

7.) Scarf Song: Let’s Go Riding on the Elevator

8.) Song with Instruments-The Wheels on the Bus 

9.) Book Four: Hickory Dickory Dog 

10.) Song and Flannel: Hickory Dickory Dock 

11.) Book with Flannnel: If You’re Hoppy

12.) Song with Instruments-If You’re Happy and You Know it 

13.) Goodbye Song with Lamb Chop





We sang twinkle, twinkle little star together with maraca instruments.  I also put up the star from this flannel board and had the kids guess what song we were going to sing that  had a star in it first.





We sang row, row, row, your boat with instruments and I put the boat up on the bo ard from the flannel I showed above.




Scarf Song from Jbrary : Let’s Go Riding on an Elevator


We sang Wheels on the Bus with instruments and I put the bus on the flannel board from the above picture




To go along with the previous book we then sang Hickory Dickory Dock and every child got two clocks from this flannel board and brought them up when their time came up in the song.



I then read this book and had matching flannel to go with it.  Every child got an  animal and when the animal came up in the story they would bring up their flannel piece.


Then we sang If You’re Happy and You Know It with instruments to match our book we just read together!


Thanks so much for reading! We will be back in two weeks with Pajama Storytime!!


Rockin’ Readers-Gum Drop Day (Candy)

Today during out K-2nd graders after school program, Rockin’ Readers, we had lots of fun around Gum Drops and candy! Here are the books we read:

In between the books I did fun facts/trivia and we also did a motion activity to the song Walking, Walking by Jbrary.  We stood up and did all the actions, it worked perfectly 🙂

At the end we then used this awesome book to do math problems together !


We made a craft, gumdrop monsters with gumdrops and toothpicks. They could use any kind of design they wanted.  Here is an example of something you could make that I found on google (I did not make this one)


Toddler Storytime-Gum Drop Day (Candy)

Today was all about the yummy goodness of gumdrops and candy 🙂 I did a few of my favorite songs because I did have trouble finding candy songs that worked well for the group. Here  was the plan for  the morning:

1.) Hello Song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy

3.) Song-Washing Hands

4.) Book Two: Owen’s Marshmellow Chick

5.) Song with Instruments-Such a Simple Exercise

6.) Book Three and Flannel: Counting Candy

7.) Song with Instruments: Walking, Walking

8.) Book Four: Little Pea

9.) Jelly Bean Stew Flannel

10.) Song-Roly Poly

11.) 5 Little Gummie Bears Flannel

12.) Song-Bubble Bubble Bubble Bubble Pop

13.) Goodbye Song with Lambchop





Washing Hands Song – Jbrary

Tune of Frere Jacques

Tops and Bottoms X2

In Between X2

Scrub them together X2

Now we’re clean,

Squeaky Clean!





Such a Simple Exercise-Jbrary

This is such a simple exercise and it’s going to make us strong! X2

Raise your right arm high and count 1-2-3, put your right arm down and count 1-2-3

This is such a simple exercise and it’s going to make us stong X2

Different Verses: 

Left Arm, Left Leg, and Right Leg




I used all of my candy flannels to get to 20 for the kids to see visually how many candies 20 looked like.


Song with Instruments. I changed this up and had all of the kids have maracas while we sang this song and they changed the speed of shaking their instruments to what motion we were singing about.

Walking, Walking- Jbrary

Walking, walking,  x2

Hop, Hop, Hop x2

Running, Running, Running x2

Now we stop x2




Jelly Bean Stew Flannel

Jelly Bean Stew, Jelly Bean Stew. Red and Yellow and purple ones too! Orange and pink and black and green.  It’s the prettiest stew I’ve ever seen!

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I used this image and printed out two copies of it.  Then I made it into a flannel board.  This was super cute, and the kids loved it.  They helped me put all of the jelly beans onto the board and then we all pretended to be stirring out stew as we said the rhyme.


Song-Roly Poly

One of my favorites 🙂 check it out on Jbrary’s Youtube


5 Little Gummy Bears


I used five of these cuties for this rhyme:

5 little gummy bears wish we had more. We’ll eat the red one, now there are four.

4 little gummy bears, tasty as can be.  We’ll eat the blue one.  Now there are 3.

3 little gummy bears, only a few left.  We’ll eat the yellow one.  Now there are 2.

2 little gummy bears, eating them is fun! We’ll eat the green one, now there is 1.

1 little gummy bear, the last one we see.  We will ea the orange one, We’re happy as c can be!


Bubble Bubble Bubble Bubble POP-Jbrary

Another one of my favorites 🙂 Check it out,here!

Thanks so much for reading! In two weeks we will be having Fairytale Storytime 🙂

Mad Scientist-Little Bits Bubble Blaster

The kids had a great time exploring and making with Little Bits this month at our after school K-2nd grader program: Mad Scientist.  This is a program where the kids can explore science topics and have lots of hands on fun! This month was Little Bits.

First I taught them all the different components of Little Bits and then they got to explore and make different things with all of the different parts.  Then half way through we changed it up and had all of the kids make their own bubble blasters using Little Bits! I found this from the Little Bits website.  All you need in addition to the little bits kit is a ruler, rubber bands, bubble mixture, and a disposable cup.  IMG_1169.JPG

The kids had a blast making bubbles!


Toddler Storytime-Valentine’s Day


Today was all about a holiday that I love due to all the candy and treats you can get 🙂 Valentine’s Day! I  had a great group that came and was totally involved and excited!

Here  is what our plan was for the morning together:

1.) Hello Song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You

3.) Song-Ten Little Fingers

4.) Book Two: Where is Baby’s Valentine

5.) Flannel/Book: My Heart is like a Zoo

6.) Song/Instruments: H.E.A.R.T

7.) Book Four: I’m Going to Give you a Bear Hug

8.) Song/Instruments: Skinnamarink 

9.) Book/Flannel: The Cow Loves Cookies

10.) Rhyme: I Put My Hands Together

11.) Goodbye Song with Lambchop






Ten Little Fingers-Jbrary

I have one, I have two, I have three little fingers.

I have four, I have five, I have six little fingers.

I have seven, I have eight, I have nine little fingers.

Ten little fingers on my hands.

More verses on Jbrary’s video 🙂




Flannel/Book: This is one of my favorite books.  I give the kids each an animal and when their animal comes up in the story they get to bring it up to the flannel board.  They love getting to help me tell a story.


Song with Instruments.

I gave each of the kids and their parents maracas, spelt out heart on the flannel board, and we sang this song…


There is a shape and it means love and heart is it’s name-o

H.E.A.R.T H.E.A.R.T. H.E.A.R.T and heart is its name-o 




Favotie Song EVER 🙂 and stuck in my head for the rest of the day!

Skinnamarink…Here is the link for Jbrary’s version.  It is better to watch and listen to it than for me to try and spell it out 🙂


Same  thing here as I did for the previous flannel…



Teach the kids how to make a heart with their hands. I got this from Jbrary.

I put my hands together.  This is how you start.  I curve my fingers right around and I can make a heart.



Thanks for reading! Next week is gumdrop day, all about candy 🙂

Toddler Storytime-Mail Time

Today was one of my favorite storytimes: Mail Time!! The kids got to sing songs, play instruments, and partake in flannel board activities all together about mail time! Here is what the plan was for the day:

1.) Hello Song with Lambchop

2.) Book One: Stanley the Mailman

3.) Song-One Bright Scarf

4.) Flannel: Magic Rainbow

5.) Book Two: The Post Office Book

6.) Song: Mailing Letters

7.) Book Three: Dear Zoo

8.) Song-Early in the Morning

9.) Flannel: Five Letters

10.) Book Four: Delivering Your Mail

11.) Songs: Mail Carrier’s Song and In the Mailbox

12.) Activity-Mail Your Own Letters

13.) Goodbye Song




Song- One Bright Scarf with Scarves for each child and their parent.

This is from Jbrary’s Site.  I have fallen in love with scarf songs so I try to incorporate one into every storytime.

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow.  Wiggle it high and wiggle it low.  Shake it fast and shake it slow.  Where did it go?

I did this song 3 times with the actions from Jbrary’s video.


After everyone gave me their scarves to collect I moved into colors of the scarves.  I asked all of the kids what colors each of the scarves were and went into my ‘Magic Rainbow’ flannel board that I found on Pinterest.    For this activity I had each child take a fruit off the board and put it into my magic bowl (where I have the colors of the rainbow hidden under fabric).  Then we stir it, stir it, stir it a lot, and what do we get the color RED!  I had a child put in a fruit and then had another child take out the color so everyone would have a turn.




Great book, but I changed some of it and omitted some just due to the length for this age group.


Song-Mailing Letters gave each child a maraca for this song.

Tune of Mulberry Bush

This is the way we write a letter, write a letter, write a letter.  This is the way we write a letter so early in the  morning. 

2nd Verse: Stamp a Letter

3rd Letter: Mail a Letter




Song-Early in the Morning by Jbrary 

Early in the morning at 8 o clock

You can hear the postman’s knock

Up jumps ella to answer the door.

One letter, two letters, three letters, four!


Flannel: Five Letters

I had each child bring up an animal while another child got to pick out the letter we read for the friend that went on the board.





The kids LOVED getting their own instruments so they got them back for these two songs 🙂

Mail Carrier’s Song 

tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Write, write, write your cards, and lots of letters too.  I will bring them to your friends and they will write back soon!


In the Mailbox

Tune of Are You Sleeping?

In the mailbox, in the mailbox, look and see, look and see.  A package or a postcard, a letter from my grandma.  Just for me! Just for me!



I LOVE Melissa and Doug products and this one is fantastic! It comes with what you see below so I got to teach the kids how to stamp a letter and mail a letter 🙂

Rockin’ Readers-Antarctica

Today was all about Antarctica!! Mostly all about Penguins 🙂 This program is for K-2nd graders right after school.  We read books, make a craft, and have snack.  Here were the books we read together.

For craft today we made penguin puzzles out of large medical Popsicle sticks.  I  found this idea on Pinterest and on the picture it shows the blog that it came from.  I printed out penguin templates so that the kids had somewhere to start from with their pictures.  popsicle puzzle.jpg

Toddler Storytime-Penguins

Today was all about penguins and it was a BLAST 🙂 I was having issues finding different songs to do but I got creative and looked for different themes in order to get the songs I wanted.  They meshed right in and the kids really had a good time!  Here is what the plan was for our morning together.

1.) Hello song with Baby Penguin

2.) Book One: Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere!

3.) Scarf Song-Wave Your Scarf Up and Down 

4.) Book Two: I am Small

5.) Fingerplay: Two Little Penguins

6.) Book Three: If You Were a Penguin

7.) Song-Snowflake, Snowflake

8.) Book/Flannel: If I Were a Penguin

9.) Scarf Song-The Fish in the Sea

10.) Book Four: Waddle, Waddle 

11.) Song-One Little Penguin

12.) Rhyme-Five Perkey Penguins

13.) Goodbye song with Baby Penguin



Hello Song is the same every week so take a look previously at what we sang.  I did use a baby penguin puppet today instead of lamb chop due to the theme 🙂





The kids love using the scarves so I am trying to incorporate them more into my storytime.  Jbrary has lots of great ones on their Youtube that I have been trying out.  The first one we used today was ‘Wave Your Scarf Up and Down’ to the tune of London Bridge.  There are a few verses.  Check out their video to see!






Fingerplay-2 Little Penguins from Sunflower Storytime’s Blog

Two Little Penguins sitting on the hill.  (2 Fingers Up, pointer on each)

One named Jack.  One named JIll.

Waddle away Jack (put one behind your back), Waddle away Jill (Put other behind your back)

Come back Jack (bring one out), Come back Jill (bring the other out).

Another Version:

Two little penguins sitting on the ice.  Onebows once.  One bows twice.  Waddle little penguins.  Waddle away.  Come back penguins.  Time to play!



Song-Snowflake, Snowflake from Jbrary



I made a flannelboard to go with this book.  Each of the kids got an animal that they brought up to the flannel board when their animal would come up in the story 🙂


Here is another scarf song that we did today.  I changed the lyrics a bit.  I got it from Jbrary.  Here are the lyrics that I did:

The Fish in the Sea-Scarf Song

The fish int he sea, go swish, swish, swish x3

The fish in the sea go swish swish swish all day long.

The Penguins in the sea swim round and round x3

Penguins in the sea swim around and round all day long.

The waves in the sea go up and down x3

The waves in the sea go up and down all day long




Song-One Little Penguin to the tune of One Little Indian.



I did a rhyme with a flannel board called Five Perky Penguins from Sunflower Storytime where I got their printable as well for the flannel. I did two different sets of 5 penguins that way everyone could get a penguin.



Five Perky penguins stood on the shore, one went for a swim.  Then there were four.

Four perky penguins looked out to sea.  One went swimming.  Then there were 3.

Three perky penguins said, what can we do? One jumped in the water then there were 2.

Two perky penguins sat in the sun.  One swam off, then there was one.

One perky penguin said, This is no FUN! He dived in and then there were none!


Goodbye song with Baby Penguin!


Thanks for reading! Next week is my favorite, MAIL TIME 🙂

Toddler Storytime-Popcorn!!

Today’s theme was all about Popcorn and it was very difficult to find books that would go with this theme so I want many different directions with it.  Here is what the plan was for the morning:

1.) Hello Song with Lamb Chop

2.) Scarf Song-Popcorn Kernels

3.) Book One: Popcorn

4.) Song-Roly Poly

5.) Flannel-5 Popcorn Kernels

6.) Book Two:  Thump Quack Moo

7.) Song-Pop Pop Pop

8.) Flannel: Little Boy Blue

9.) Book Three: If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

10.) Song-Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (Movie Edition)

11.) Scarf Song-Popcorn Kernals

12.) Goodbye Song with Lamb Chop



Hello song with Lamb Chop is the same song that I use every week so that the parents and the kids learn it and can sing along with me every week.


I love doing scarf songs with this group so I used Jbrary’s  Popcorn Kernals.  The kids loved it! Check it out 🙂





Roly Poly song, which is one of my FAVORITES and the kids love it.  It is from Jbrary.  Check it out 🙂



I next did a flannel that I got from Mel’s Desk.  Five Popcorn Kernels.



We discussed what is popcorn from.  What kind of vegetable? Where does that vegetable grow?  That led us into this fun book 🙂



Next we sang a fun song from Jbrary, Pop Pop Pop, and we used maracas instead of shaker eggs.  This was super fun and the kids loved getting their own instruments.

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I did a flannel that I found from Sunflower Storytime that involves farm animals where the corn grows.  The kids each got an animal, and brought it up as I went through the rhyme of Little Boy Blue.  At the end we went through what each animal was and what they say.





Then we sang a fun song called, Zoom Zoom Zoom, that i got from Jbrary but that I changed up to be my own.  I gave everyone jingle bells because they loved using the instruments so much.  It was a hit 🙂

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom we’re going to the movies

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom we’re going to the movies

If you want to watch a movie 

Walk into the theater with me

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom we’re going to the movies 

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 POPCORN!


We repeated the Popcorn Kernals Scarf Song again


Goodbye song with Lamb Chop.


Thanks for reading! Next week is all about Penguins 🙂