Thursday, December 6, 2012

Toddler Storytime - Christmas Treats!

Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Thursday, December 6, 2012.

While I chose these stories because they included some yummy treats such as popcorn, hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes, they also ended up featuring MICE!
Inside, Outside Christmas written and illustrated by Robin Spowart

Mouse's First Christmas by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond


Jingle Bells!

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
jingle all the way.
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a
one-horse open sleigh! (2x)

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go,
Laughing all the way!
Bells on bobtail ring,
Making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!

Let's All Do a Little Clapping
(sung to "We Wish You A Merry Christmas")

Let's all do a little clapping,
let's all do a little clapping,
let's all do a little clapping, 
and spread Christmas cheer.

We can think of other actions to do as we sing this song:
jumping, twirling, stretching, dancing, etc.

Storytime Has Ended
(tune: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?")

Storytime has ended, has ended, has ended.
Storytime has ended 'til we meet again.

(Children wave to each other as we continue)
'Til we meet, 'til we meet, 'til we meet, 'til we meet.
Storytime has ended 'til we meet again.


Our Hands Say Hello!

Our hands say hello with a clap, clap, clap.
Our feet say hello with a tap, tap, tap.

Clap, clap, clap,
Tap, tap, tap.
Turn around and take a bow.
Sit right down. It's Storytime now!

This month I will be talking with parents and caregivers about the importance of giving their children the gift of literacy! One very important skill that will reap lifelong benefits is the ability to speak and communicate well with others. Christmastime provides a wonderful opportunity to share rich vocabulary with your child!  Today's stories used such great words as: sparkly, sticky, jingly, flickery, silvery, prickly, munching, crunching, whiskery and tinkly.  I encourage our adults to use wonderful, descriptive words such as these when talking with their children.  We live in a BIG and BEAUTIFUL world, made even more beautiful as they learn new ways to describe it!  Our world is HUGE, GIGANTIC, COLOSSAL and it is LOVELY, GORGEOUS AND BREATHTAKING!  Give your child the gift of language this Christmas season - and all year through!

Next week's Toddler Storytime theme: Christmas with the Animals

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