Time for Twos Storytime – Feely Things – Friday, March 28, 2014

Today we are using our fingers to explore the world around us!  We are touchy FEELY THINGS.  Toddlers love to experience new things, and sensory play is a great way to do that.  Try some of the activities on Pinterest.  I love the Sudsy Goop – what a super messy pile of fun!

Our books:

  Tickly Prickly (Bonnie Becker) – This book will ask kids “how does it feel” to try different activities.  Bold illustrations and rhyming text add to the book.

  Hands Can (Cheryl Willis Hudson) – What can your hands do?  Rhyming text and color photographs will engage toddlers in conversation about what their own hands can do.

Finger Like to Wiggle Waggle (Action Rhyme)

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,
wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle.
Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,
on your (head)

Substitute other body parts for head.

Lapsit Storytime – Tickle, Tickle – Thursday, March 27, 2014

This week we are reading books about tickles!  We’ll talk a little about fingers and how we can use them to tickle.  Over on Pinterest, I have a bunch of fun sensory activities pinned.  Babies love to use all of their senses to learn about their world.  When choosing activities, try to incorporate all 5 senses – touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste.  Just be careful to keep your child’s safety in mind!

Our books this week:

  Ten Tiny Tickles (Karen Katz) – In classic Karen Katz style, this story counts up from 1 to 10.

  I Touch (Rachel Isadora) – Rachel Isadora’s simple books are a toddler classics.  Soft illustrations supplement simple text.

Finger Like To Wiggle Waggle (Action Rhyme)

Fingers like to wiggle, waggle,
wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle.
Fingers like to wiggle waggle
on your head!

substitute other parts of the body for “on your head.”

Round and Round the Garden (Nursery Rhyme)

Round and round the garden,
Goes the teddy bear.
One step, two steps,
Tickle under there!

Round and round the garden,
Goes the little mouse.
Up, up, up he creeps
To his little house!

Rickety Rocking Horse (Bounce Rhyme)

Rickety, rickety rocking horse.
Over the fields we go.
Rickety, rickety rocking horse,
Giddy-up, giddy-up, WHOAAAA!

Have a great week!

~Miss Lisa

Preschool Storytime – Frogs March 26, 2014

Hi everyone! This week we will hop into spring with stories about frogs.

Welcome Song – So Happy You’re Here – by Hap Palmer

Book – “A Frog in the Bog” by Karma Wilson.  A frog in the bog grows larger and larger as he eats more and more bugs, until he attracts the attention of an alligator who puts an end to his eating.




Action rhyme- Croak said the frog

Croak said the frog (Make croaking sound)

With his golden eyes (fists up to eyes)

Sitting on a lily pad, (crouch on the ground)

Catching flies (grab air with hand)

I have a sticky tongue, (stick out tongue)

It’s as fast as can be…

And I catch the mosquitoes (catch bugs again)

1-2-3 (count on three fingers)

Credit: Child fun


Flannelboard: Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs

Sitting on a hollow log

Eating the most delicious bugs – YUM YUM

One jumped into the pool

Where it was nice and cool

Now there are only four speckled frogs – RIBBIT RIBBIT

(count down from there)

Book – “The Biggest Frog in Australia”  by Susan L. Roth.  When a thirsty frog drinks up all the water in Australia, the other animals must think of a way to make him give it up.


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Book – ” Jump, Frog, Jump!”  by Robert Kalan.  A cumulative tale in which a frog tries to catch a fly without getting caught itself.



Song- Glunk, Glunk…The Little Green Frog

Glunk, glunk went the little green frog one day.

(Stick out and catch food)

Glunk, glunk went the little green frog!

Glunk, glunk went the little green frog one day.

And his eyes went blink blink blink!

(blink and swallow)

Hop Hop went the little green frog one day.


Hop hop went the little green frog!

Hop hop went the little green frog one day

And his mouth went gulp, gulp, gulp!


Splash Splash went the little green frog one day.

Splash Splash went the little green frog!

Splash Splash went the little green frog one day

And he swam  swam swam away

Credit: Wisconsin’s Water Library for Kids

Book/Activity – “The Croaky Pokey!” by Ethan Long.  Frogs sing and do their own version of the Hokey Pokey.


Closing song – Shout and Whisper by Hap Palmer


shout and whisper hap palmer


-Miss Ellen





Family Storytime – Lions – Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Last week we read about Spring, and you know what they say about March.  It come in like a LION…  Before the month ends, it’s a good time to have a lion storytime.

Our books:

  Little Lions (Jim Arnosky) – Two little mountain lion cubs explore with their mother.

  Roar!  A Noisy Counting Book (Pamela Duncan Edwards) – Little Lion doesn’t understand why no one wants to play with him when he roars.  Covers numbers 1-10.

  In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb (Marion Dane Bauer) – Nicely illustrated rendition of the phrase “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”

There will be a craft this week – no “lion.”

Time for Twos Storytime – Spring! – Friday, March 21, 2014

It’s Spring!  It’s Spring!  At least it will be in storytime today.

Our books this week:

  Mouse’s First Spring (Lauren Thompson) – Another Mouse story!  This time, Mouse learns about Spring with Momma Mouse.

Wake Up, It’s Spring! (Lisa Campbell Ernst) – All creatures, from the tiny worm to the little baby, celebrate and welcome spring.

If You’re Hoppy and You Know It (Bunny Version)

If you’re hoppy and you know it wiggle your nose.

If you’re hoppy and you know it stomp your feet.

If you’re hoppy and you know it shake your tail.

If you’re hoppy and you know it hop around.

There are so many things to do in Spring!  Enjoy the spring sunshine and play outside.  Even if it’s too wet and muddy for the park, spend some time drawing with chalk on the sidewalk.  I have a great homemade sidewalk chalk recipe pinned at Pinterest – plus many other fun spring activity ideas.

Lapsit Storytime – Spring! – Thursday, March 20, 2014

It’s FINALLY Spring (at least, it is in Storytime)!

Time to give those winter coats a break and pull out the rain boots.  I don’t think we’ve ever deserved spring more than we do this year.

Changing seasons is such a fun time when you have little ones.  And it’s great for introducing new vocabulary to your baby, as you point out the animals that become active in the spring.  It’s also a great time for exploring the different senses – let your baby TOUCH the grass as it greens up this spring, SMELL a newly bloomed flower, HEAR birds as the chirp in the morning, SEE rainclouds after a spring rain, and TASTE the first few spring veggies from a garden (or farmer’s market).

Our books this week:

Baby Loves Spring (Karen Katz) – Katz is one of my favorite authors for babies.  This book is a lift-the flap book, and it will introduce springtime concepts to little ones in a colorful, fun way.

  Biscuit and the Bunny (Alyssa Satin Capicilli) – Biscuit the puppy is always discovering new things.  What will happen when he meets a bunny?

Two Little Bunny Rabbits (Nursery Rhyme rewrite)

Two little bunny rabbits sitting on the hill.
One named Jack, the other named Jill.
Hop away Jack!  Hop away Jill!
Hop back Jack!  Hop back Jill!

Robins (Bounce Rhyme)

A robin and a robin’s son
Went to town to buy a bun.
They couldn’t decide on plum or plain
And so they went back home again.


Don’t forget to get outside with your baby as much as possible!  There’s so much to see and do in the spring!  Try one of the ideas I pinned at Pinterest – I love the homemade bubbles!

Preschool Storytime – Rain and Mud Storytime-March 19, 2014

Hi Everyone!  Spring is almost upon us, and with that comes spring showers, puddles and mud.  So  I thought what a perfect theme for storytime rain and mud.

Welcome song – So Happy You’re Here by Hap Palmer

Talk about rain and listen to what it sounds like.



Book – “Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car  by John Burningham- Mr. Gumpy’s human and animal friends squash into his old car and go for a drive–until it starts to rain.

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Fingerplay -The Raindrops

Pitter-patter raindrops (wiggle fingers to imitate falling rain)
Falling from the sky,
Here is my umbrella (hands over head)
To keep me safe and dry!
When the rain is over
And the sun begins to glow (make large circle with arms)
Little flowers start to bud (cup hands together)
And grow and grow and grow (spread hands apart slowly)

Credit- Pierce County Library

Book – “Red Rubber Boot Day” by Mary Lyn Ray – A child describes all the things there are to do on a rainy day.

Red Rubber Boot Day Ray, Mary Lyn/ Stringer, Lauren (ILT) 1 of 1

Activity – Creating a Rainstorm! – We will create a rainstorm using our hands and feet.

Credit – cefkids.com/Game-Noah-CreatingARainStorm.pdf

Book – “Stuck in the Mud” by Jane Clarke – In this cumulative, rhyming story , a little chick needs help from all his farmyard friends to get out of the mud.

STUCK IN THE MUD by Jane Clarke

Song – Thunder

Thunder – sung to “Frere Jacques”

I hear thunder. I hear thunder. (stamp feet on floor)
Hark do you, hark do you? (place hand behind ear)
Pitter, patter raindrops, pitter patter raindrops
(Wiggle fingers down)
I’m all wet. (Point to yourself).
So are you. (point to a friend).

Credit- Stepbystepcc.com

Song – If All the Raindrops…(Use maracas with this song)

If All The Rain Drops

If all the rain drops,
were jelly beans and gum drops,
Oh what a rain that would be.
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.
Ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah, ah ah ah,
Oh what a rain that would be.

If all the snowflakes – – candy bars and milk shakes

If all the sunbeams – – bubble gum and ice cream

Credit – Stepbystepcc.com

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Closing song – Shout and Whisper by Hap Palmer

shout and whisper hap palmer

-Miss Ellen