Chances are, your toddler is really good with the number TWO. They are always so show that they are “this many” years old (and how we practice to get them to hold up two fingers!). Kids love to count, and this week’s Storytime is all about counting!
We are reading
Our toddlers will be great with our first rhyme, which uses just TWO little fingers!
TWO LITTLE BLUE BIRDS
Two little blue birds, sitting on a hill,
one named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away, Jack!
Fly away, Jill!
Come back, Jack!
Come back, Jill!
Our song is a classic example of one of the many “Five Little” rhymes that we use in storytime. Although these may seem repetitive at times, they are so important to help reinforce the early counting skills your toddler needs to practice. Some of these rhymes will count UP to five, while others will count DOWN from five to one. It’s important for toddlers to practice both ways – these are the basics of addition and subtraction!
Song – FIVE LITTLE DUCKS WENT OUT ONE DAY
Five little ducks went out one day,
over the hill and far away.
Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack!”
But only four little ducks came back.
We are shaking our shakers to Hap Palmer’s version of 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe. Hap Palmer’s music is so wonderful for children! His voice is calm and gentle, and many of his songs incorporate important early learning concepts. I use them frequently in our storytimes.