Toddler Storytime – Water

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This week storytime was all about water. Summertime is the perfect season for this theme. I had a blast doing this storytime, and for the most part I think the kids and grown-ups were pretty amped about it too.

Welcome Song: “We clap and sing hello” (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)

We clap and sing hello, we clap and sing hello
With our friends at storytime, we clap and sing hello!
(We stomp and sing hello…
We wave and sing hello…)

Sign: “Water” The sign for “water” is made by forming your right hand into the letter “W” (hold up index, middle, and ring finger), and touching your index finger to your mouth twice.

STEM Activity: “Sink or float?”

Water 6With a small tub of water and several items to put in the water (I used a rubber duckie, rock, feather, crayon, and piece of pool noodle), we made predictions as to which would float and which would sink.

Song: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Row, row, row your boat
gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Rock, rock, rock your boat
gently down the stream
If you see an crocodile,
don’t forget to scream (“Ahhhh!”)

Row, row, row your boat
gently to the shore
If you see a lion there,
don’t forget to roar (“Rawwwwr!”)

The kids and grown-ups seemed pretty amused with the extra verses, and I like it because it adds a surprising little twist to a well-known favorite.

Book 1: Splash! by Flora McDonnell

I love this book because it has beautiful, big illustrations and simple text. The kids can identify the animals, and it leads nicely into a conversation about how it’s fun to cool off in the water hose or at the splash park on a hot summer day.

Song: “It’s raining, It’s Pouring / Itsy-Bitsy Spider Medley” – from the CD Music for Little People: 101 Toddler Favorites

Rhyme: “Rain is Falling Down”

Rain is falling down, splash!
Rain is falling down, splash!
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter.
Rain is falling down, splash!

Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo!

Book 2: Storm Song by Nancy Viau

I just love the bold illustrations and rhythmic text representing the sights and sounds that make a thunderstorm come alive. This one begs to be read aloud!

Song: “All the Fish are Swimming in the Water”

All the fish are swimming in the water (swimming motions with arms)
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water
All the fish are swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…SPLASH! (waggle fingers up and clap above head)

All the ducks are quacking in the water (doggy paddle motion with hands)…
All the frogs are jumping in the water (jump with both feet)…
All the children are splashing in the water (splash hands in the air)

Book 3: Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

Song: “The Fish in the Sea” (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish, (Make your hand like a fin and swim along!)
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish.
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish
All day long

The lobsters…pinch, pinch, pinch (Make pinching motions with fingers)
The sharks…chomp, chomp, chomp (Chomp with your arms)
The stingray…flap, flap, flap (Move arms in slow, flying motions)
The crabs…skit, scat, skit (Run in place)
The octopus…wiggle (Wiggle your body and arms)
The clam…open and shut (Two hands to make a clam)

Closing Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau

As always, our closing song was a hit. And the wonderful David Landau came to perform at our library in person this week, so storytime was the perfect opportunity to put in a plug for that event, too!

Craft: Coffee filter sun catchers (Thanks for the idea, Miss Meg and Storytime Katie!). I introduced the craft by talking about how water can transform our art. I taped coffee filters to paper plates and the kids colored on them with washable markers, then came up to me to have them spritzed with water and placed in a Ziplock bag to bring home. One mom thanked me for being so organized with the bags, so I had to pat myself on the back a bit for that one (and thank Miss Meg for recommending it, of course!).

Overall, this week’s storytimes went really well. The nervousness and self-doubt from the first week have all but vanished, and I’m finding it becoming more and more natural to tap in to my goofy self and bring silliness out in others too! I also got the chance to throw in some literacy tips, encouraging parents to sing simple songs and rhymes with their little ones to build narrative skills.

After storytime, I noticed several parents and caregivers picking up this week’s handout, and one woman mentioned that her daughter has been saying “circle” all week (since last week’s storytime theme was shapes). As she walked out the door she added, “I guess storytime really makes a difference!”

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