Toddler Time: Spring Storytime!


This week’s featured books: 

upUp, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

whatWhat Will Grow? By Jennifer Ward

Opening Song:

Now this is the time for storytime, storytime, storytime
This is the time for storytime
I’m glad you are here, I’m so glad you are here

Read: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Songs: Open Shut Them 

Open, shut them (Open both hands and then make a fist)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap. (Clap hands together)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Lay them on your lap, lap, lap. (Pat hands in lap)
Creep them, creep them, creep them, creep them (creep fingers from tummy up to mouth)
Right up to your chinny chin chin
Open wide your little mouth… but do not let them in. (Open mouth wide & hide hands behind back)

Song: A Little Mouse is Creeping

A little mouse is creeping, creeping, creeping (Make creeping motion with hands)
A little mouse is creeping
In the house... Shh… (Put index finger in front of mouth)
A little mouse is sleeping, sleeping, sleeping (Make sleeping motion)
A litter mouse is sleeping in the house. Shh…
An old grey cat comes creeping, creeping, creeping (Make creeping motion with hands)
An old grey cat comes creeping in the house
And they both run away!!! (Pat hands on lap really fast)

Read: What Will Grow? By Jennifer Ward
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.

Rhyme: Be a Seed (Find link here, thanks to Jbary)

Be a seed small and round (cup hands in a small circle)
Sprout, sprout, sprout up from the ground (bring hands up starting with palms together)
Shake your leaves for all to see (shake hands and head)
Stretch your arms up, you’re a tree! (stretch arms up high into ‘y’ shape)

Song: I Have a Little Ladybug (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I have a little ladybug, ladybug, ladybug
I have a little ladybug
Its wings are black and red.

See the little ladybug, ladybug, ladybug
See the little ladybug
Flying here and there.

Now it’s landing on the ground, on the ground, on the ground
Now it’s landing on the ground
And crawling every where!

Song: Hello Spring (Tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Hello spring,
Hello spring,
Hello spring,
We hope you’re here to stay.

replace the word "spring" with other spring words
green grass, robins, rainbow, flowers, butterflies, etc.  

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap, clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap, clap)
If you’re happy and you know and you really want to show it
you’re happy and you know it, clap your hand. (clap, clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, pat your head (pat, pat)
If you’re happy and you know it, pat your head (pat, pat)
If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it pat your head. (pat, pat)
(Continue with other actions: beep your nose, wiggle your ears, etc.)

Closing Song:

Now this is the end of storytime, storytime, storytime.
This is the end of storytime.
I’m glad you were here.
I’m so glad you were here.