Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shoes and Boots!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 15, 2014.

Shoes Like Miss Alice's by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Ken Page

Which Shoes Would You Choose? by Betsy R. Rosenthal, illustrated by Nancy Cote 


Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)

I Have Blue Shoes, How About You?

(tune: "Skip to My Lou")

I have blue shoes, how about you?
I have blue shoes, how about you?
I have blue shoes, how about you?
Tap your toes like I do!

What other kinds of shoes do you have? shoes
...brown shoes
...Velcro shoes
...princess shoes shoes


One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

One, two, buckle my shoe,
(bend and touch feet)
Three, four, shut the door.
Five, six, pick up sticks,
(bend down and pretend to pick up sticks)
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
(extend hands out to indicate length)
Nine, ten, * let's do it again!
2nd time: That's the end!

Here is One Foot

Here is one foot, here are two.
Each one wearing a brand new shoe.
So skip and dance all around the floor.
That's what these new shoes are for!

At Storytime we recited this rhyme, then we danced along to "Get Up and Dance", a fun song from Tom Chapin.  At random times I paused the music, which was the children's cue to FREEZE!  They listened for the music to resume, which was their cue to start dancing again!

Open, Shut Them!

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap!

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap!

Waving, waving, waving, waving,
High up in the sky, sky, sky.
Wave to me...I'll wave to you.
Now let's all say goodbye, bye, bye.

We always say this rhyme at least twice, increasing the speed with each repetition!

Playtime Activities:

What's in the Green Box?
(tune: "Sally Wore a Red Dress")

What's in the green box,

The green box, the green box?
What's in the green box
For us to play?

Shoe Sole Rubbings

The children and adults were invited to make a rubbing of their shoe soles.  By laying a piece of paper over the bottom of your shoe and rubbing a crayon against the paper, you can get a wonderful image of your shoe print!  

At home, you could make rubbings of your child's various shoes, then have him match each rubbing to the correct shoe.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

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