Sunday, November 9, 2014

Let's Visit the Farm!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on November 5, 2014.

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andeae, illustrated by David Wojtowycz

Driving My Tractor by Jan Dobbins and David Sim


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!)

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.
And on that farm he had a horse, e-i-e-i-o.
With a neigh, neigh here and a neigh, neigh there,
Here a neight, there a neigh, everywhere a neigh, neigh.
Old MacDonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o.

Additional verses:


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?

Farmyard coloring sheets
Farm animals jigsaw puzzles
Old MacDonald Mitt Puppet

Farm animal felt board pieces

Here are photos from today's storytime:

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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