Sunday, February 14, 2016

Toddler Storytime - Bears!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on January 20, 2016.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support all or most 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).


Bear Counts by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Children were invited to bring a stuffed bear with them to storytime today.  Those who arrived empty-handed were invited to "go on a bear hunt" in the Children's area and select one to be their companion during storytime.


Hello, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Hello friends.
Hello friends.
Hello friends.
We're glad you came today!

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!)

Goodbye, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Goodbye friends.
Goodbye friends.
Goodbye friends.
We're glad you came today!

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?

We pulled out our bear counters for those who were able to stay for awhile after Storytime today!

Parents were encouraged to talk with their children about the sizes and colors of the bears, as well as the patterns that were suggested on the cards.

Parachute Play!  We pulled out our parachute and used it to let our bears have a bouncing good time!  At first we put ALL the stuffed friends in the middle of the parachute.  We quickly discovered it was very hard for the bears to be tossed around!

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