We had a lot of fun this week in storytime! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I actually decided to go with a theme and it was a blast! You can’t go wrong with Hugs & Kisses in a baby/toddler storytime! I usually give a set of instructions for my non-mobile littles (little littles) and my mobile littles (older littles) for each song so everyone is included. Keep reading to see how to share these songs and activities with your own little one.
Welcome Rhyme- I Can Hug
This cute rhyme came from SurLaLane. Click on through to see their great stuff! We started this one with everyone standing. With my older littles we did motions to go with each line (Hugged ourselves, hopped, blew kisses, held out a hand to stop, nodded and shook our heads and then sat down). For my little littles, the parents did the action with the child or modeled it so the child could see. We ran through this one twice so that everyone could learn it and feel good about it aaaand because we needed to get some wiggles out!
by Aaron Blabey
This is a new book to us and was a total hit! This book has rhyming, great illustrations, it is the perfect length for this age group, PLUS it is funny which makes it work well for my older littles and any older siblings that came to storytime. I even had a fair amount of parents chuckling as we read. This is also a great early book for looking at the picture clues in the story, what it means to be a friend, and naming the different animals the porcupine meets. This book just has so many opportunities for fun and learning for any age little!
Flannel Board- Five Little Kisses
This cute idea came from Story Time Secrets. I printed five little kisses from a free usage clipart site, added velcro and slapped them up on our board. This is a great way to work in early math skills with little ones as we do one-to-one counting of how many kisses we have plus we keep subtracting kisses. It is also great for naming some of the people we love most! Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa, and of course, baby! Feel free to sub in any person your little loves when you do this at home. As we go through this rhyme, my older littles will give a kiss to mom, dad, or whatever family member we add in if they are at storytime that day. Otherwise we blow kisses. For my little littles, we blow kisses to everyone, but their grownups give them a kiss on the verse they identify with. All my littles get kisses from their grown-ups on the last verse.
There is a lot of cabin fever around here thanks to a lot of snow, cold, and ice, so my goal in storytime today was to provide lots of chances to move and use big body motions. With this song we jumped, hopped, marched, stomped, and had a lot of fun. There are verses that give specifics (Like wiggle your legs, click your heels, shake your arms, jump for the sky, etc) but for my older littles, they could free dance with their grownup during the chorus and for my little littles, they could rock to the rhythm so everyone was included.
by Patricia Storms
This story is from the parent perspective and all about watching your little one grow up. Very sweet with humor too. After getting our energy out, it was a nice gentle song to bring us back.
Song- Acka Backa Soda Cracker
This song is great as a bounce and the instructions for using it that way are on the set list but it also works well with older littles. I had them all stand and rock from one foot to the other with the rhythm. At “Up Goes You,” we all did a big jump. For the final line “I Love You” they could hug themselves tight or hug their grownup. I found this video of the bounce over at JBrary a few years ago, and I have to say it is one of my favorite earworms. Enjoy!
by Stoo Hample
So, this book was my “in case there’s time and they can sit for it” book. I always have at least one of these on hand for storytime just in case. You never know how the kids will do from week to week so better safe than sorry! Needless to say, we were able to add this one to storytime today and I’m so glad we did. The predictable rhyme, humorous pictures, and sweet message made it a win. It was also pretty short, but could easily have been made shorter if we needed it to be.
I know the setlist says we did another flannel board activity. Yes, I know, but the truth is, I always plan more than I need for those days when I do end up needing more. Because I could tell the littles in room were ready to play, we cut this activity and got straight to our play centers for the day.