Friday, October 27, 2017

Toddler Storytime: Let's Pretend!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 25, 2017.

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).


Milo is Not a Dog Today by Kerstin Schoene, illustrated by Nina Gunetsreiner

Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter, illustrated by Ponder Goembel


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!)

I Wish I Was a Rabbit
(tune: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?")

I wish I was a rabbit, a rabbit, a rabbit.
I wish I was a rabbit, 'cause rabbits can hop!

They hop and hop and hop and hop!
I wish I was a rabbit 'cause rabbits can hop!

Additional verses:
I wish I was a fish... 'cause fish can swim!
...a snake...'cause snakes can slither!
...a bird...'cause birds can fly!

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?

The green box this week was filled with a variety of our "nicer" Folkmanis puppets such as:
a peacock,

a turkey

a crocodile (or is it an alligator?), 

an octopus

...and many more.  Creative, imaginative play such as can be enjoyed with puppets is a great opportunity for youngsters to explore the world around them!  Children may be able to access information they have learned from a trip to the zoo, or from a book or movie...and often LOVE sharing that info with anyone who will listen!  Playing with other, less familiar, animals might help children gain new insights about the world.  Talking about the octopus having eight tentacles may lay the groundwork for a later conversation - perhaps several years down the road - during which the child might say, "Hey!  An octagon has eight sides!  Just like an octopus has eight tentacles!"

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