Storytime → Camping


Activity: finding nametags - I did this during my spring session as well, and I like it because it allows everyone to get to know one another and lets the kids get used to seeing their printed names. It becomes a little game at the beginning for everyone to settle in and find their name and learn their letters at the same time.

Opening Songs

Hands Go Up! (x2)
Open Them, Shut Them (x2)

The Books

Book 1: Scare a bear / Kathy-jo Wargin
Book 2: Maisy goes camping / Lucy Cousins

Extension Activities

Song: Bingo! [from childhood]
There was a farmer, had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o.

Action: Stretching [from: Storytime Katie]
When I reach up, I feel so tall,
When I bend down, I feel so small,
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller,
Into a tiny ball.

Flannelboard: Popcorn [from Mel's Desk, via Storytime Katie, with my flannels]
Five little kernels, sizzling in a pot,
All of a sudden, one went pop!
    ... four little kernels, etc.

Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider [from childhood]

Action Rhyme: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear [from Storytime Katie]
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, find your nose,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, find your knees,
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit down please!

Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star [from childhood]


Construction paper campfire. For the templates, I downloaded a basic flame outline (I used this one here) and then used a simple circle for the moon and rectangles for the fire logs.

Goodbye Song

The More We Get Together (x2)

How'd it Go?

It didn't. As with last week, the summer session of toddler storytime was cancelled - and I had such good ideas for the summer session! I'm definitely going to hang on to this theme, though, for future use.

Inspired by Artists I: Vincent van Gogh

After the success of my March Break Matisse program, I was tasked to come up with a similar art series for the summer months. The major difference here is that I would be planning and leading four different sessions on four different artists. Not an incredibly difficult task to tackle - but it was hard to narrow things down!

The main thrust of this series, in my mind, was to get the kids to explore how these famous artists made their art. There are so many great resources out there already, that I found myself exploring Pinterest and pinning like crazy. And in the process, I put together my handy list of helpful art resources. In the end, I narrowed it down to four artists.

The first of which - and one of my all time favourites - we're covering today: Vincent van Gogh. One major source of inspiration for this week was this short animation I found via Deep Space Sparkle, which depicts the movement of paint on a canvas in Starry Night. Above all else, I wanted the kids to get the feel for working with paint, with both a paintbrush and their hands (if they wanted to!) and see how to create movement on a flat piece of paper all within a one-hour time frame!

Storytime → The Beach

The Summer session of toddler storytime started this past week, and I couldn't be more excited! Though it's only a five-week session, I've got lots of fun themes planned for the month. This past week's theme was the beach, in order to celebrate one of the best spots you can go to during the summer months. I also took advantage of this theme to use my new sandcastle flannels that I posted about for Flannel Friday.


Since this was the first week with lots of new participants I did a little run through of basic rules and expectations for the program.

Opening Songs

Hands Go Up! (x2)
Hands go up,
Hands go down,
I can turn around and round,
I can hop upon two shoes,
I can listen, so can you.
I can sit, I'll show you how,
Storytime is starting now.

Open Them, Shut Them (x2)
Open them, shut them,
Open them, shut them,
Give a little clap!
Open them, shut them,
Open them, shut them,
Put them in your lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin,
Open up your little mouth,
But do not let them in!

The Books

picture books for beach storytime
Book 1: All you need for a beach / Alice Schertle
Book 2: Duck dunks / Lynne Berry

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Five Little Sandcastles [Source: Storytime Katie; and my own flannels]
Five little sandcastles, standing on the shore,
The tide came in (whoosh!) and then there were four!
Four little sandcastles, standing by the sea,
The tide came in (whoosh!) and then there were three!
Three little sandcastles standing by the ocean blue,
The tide came in (whoosh!) and then there were two!
Two little sandcastles standing in the sun,
The tide came in (whoosh!) and then there was one.
One little sandcastle just out of reach,
The tide came in (whoosh!) but it stayed on the beach.

Song: Oh Mister Sun [from childhood]
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun,
Please shine down on me!
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun,
Hiding behind a tree.
These little children are asking you,
To please come out so we can play with you.
Oh mister  sun, sun, mister golden sun
Please shine down on me!

Song: Row, Row, Row Your Boat x2 [from childhood]

Action: Head and Shoulders x2 [from childhood]
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Eyes, ears, mouth and nose!

Fingerplay: Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds, sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill,
Come back Jack, come back Jill!

Song: If You're Happy and You Know It [from childhood]


For the first week, we made nametags. It was a good chance for everyone to get to know one another and for the toddlers to simply colour and get creative with stickers.

Closing Song

The More We Get Together x2

How'd It Go?

It didn't. We didn't have enough children sign up for this session so it all, unfortunately, got cancelled. I'm posting this anyway, because I think it would've been a good week.

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