I have greatly missed my Monday/Tuesday Toddler Storytime families during our time apart these last few weeks while the library is closed to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate our storytime fun at home!
I often begin storytime with the “cue” song Hello Friends to let the kiddos know it’s time to begin.
Next we typically share in some parachute fun! Understandably most families will not own a parachute. However, it can be so much fun to use your imaginations and find a substitute, such as an old sheet or blanket or even scarves. Two favorite parachute songs are The Elevator Song and Come Under My Umbrella. Not ready for the fun to end? Try some more parachute (or scarf) play to get the wiggles out.
We often use scarves and shakers to help us find our beat, which will come in handy later when we start finding a rhythm in learning how to read. You can make a shaker of your own to use at home. Use a plastic bottle and supervise little ones while they make and play with the shakers if you are using small pieces. Some of our favorite scarf and/or shaker songs include The Popcorn Song, Bread and Butter, Marmalade and Jam and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
Don’t forget to use your shaker or clap your hands to highlight each letter of The ABC’s!
Our Storytime Families often love to end our sessions with our own Goodbye Song and free-play time, where we use music and bubbles, a craft, or fun manipulatives to practice our motor skills (like chalk and chalk boards). Whatever you decide to do, we hope you’ve had fun and we look forward to seeing your smiling faces back at the library soon! We miss you!
Goodbye Song (Ms. Ulana) It’s time to say goodbye
It’s time to say goodbye
We’ve had some fun
And now we’re done
It’s time to say goodbye!
Stay Safe and Healthy! Best Wishes, Ms. Ulana