Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Being Sick and Getting Well! ~ 1/21/15

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on January 21, 2015.


Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney

Read more about my close encounter with Anna Dewdney here

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague


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!)

Sneeze in Your Elbow

(tune: "Up On The Housetop")

Sneeze in your elbow, please, please, please,
So you won't get germs on me!
Sneeze in your elbow, quick, quick, quick,
So nobody else gets sick, sick, sick!

A special Thank You to the students and teachers at Welcome School for introducing me to this fun song!


(Adapted from a rhyme found on

This chant was a great opportunity to feature some of our hand puppets!

                                               Farmer's nose twitches,      
Farmer's nose tingles.
Farmer's nose itches,
I think she's going to sneeze!

Ah-choo!  Ah-choo!  Ah-choo!
Ah-choo!  Ah-choo!  Ah-choo!​

Cow's nose twitches,                                    
Cow's nose tingles.
Cow's nose itches,
I think she's going to sneeze!

Moo-choo!  Moo-choo!  Moo-choo!
Moo-choo!  Moo-choo!  Moo-choo!

Pig's nose twitches,                                    
Pig's nose tingles.

Pig's nose itches,
I think he's going to sneeze!

Oink-choo!  Oink-choo!  Oink-choo!
Oink-choo!  Oink-choo!  Oink-choo!

Dog's nose twitches,
Dog's nose tingles.

Dog's nose itches,
I think he's going to sneeze!

Rrruff-choo!  Rrruff-choo!  Rrruff-choo!
Rrruff-choo!  Rrruff-choo!  Rrruff-choo!

Frog's nose twitches,
Frog's nose tingles.

Frog's nose itches,
I think he's going to sneeze!

Ribbit-choo!  Ribbit-choo!  Ribbit-choo!
Ribbit-choo!  Ribbit-choo!  Ribbit-choo!

Owl's beak twitches,
Owl's nose tingles.

Owl's nose itches,
I think he's going to sneeze!

Hooo-choo!  Hooo-choo!  Hooo-choo!
Hooo-choo!  Hooo-choo!  Hooo-choo!

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?

Get Well Card or Picture:

Food Pyramid Pocket Chart:

"Spreading Germs" activity:

My thanks to for providing this great idea!

I sprinkled a liberal amount of glitter (I used very fine embossing glitter) on my palm and then rubbed my hands together.  I pretended to sneeze or cough into my hands, then went around giving high fives or touching the children's hands or arms. The children noticed right away that there was glitter on their skin! Some parents also joined in, asking their children for a high five, which spread the glitter even further!  I explained that, if we pretend that the glitter represents germs, we can see how germs can be spread from one person to another.  I was quick to mention that, of course, glitter is not a germ and that we can't get sick from glitter.  The toddlers appeared to understand the concept that, even though we can't see them, we can spread illness-causing germs just as easily as we spread glitter.  This further reinforced the "Sneeze In Your Elbow" song we shared earlier in 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).

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