Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming (1998)
This was a huge and unexpected hit. Mama Cat has three kittens - two do what she does, and one naps all day. One-year-olds were walking up and pointing at the book even before we started, and several moms said it was a new favorite for their little ones.
Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big
Rhyme: Blue is the Lake
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (2000)
Too long for toddlers. I should have switched after the first session, but I didn't leave myself enough time to choose a back-up. This would be much better for twos and threes.
Song: Shake My Sillies Out
Song: I'm a Little Teapot (Sessions 1 and 2 only)
Song: Hands Are For Clapping
Flannel Board Rhyme: Down Around the Corner by the Big Oak Tree
I made some changes to this. I put some Velcro onto some large craft sticks and attached the squirrels to them. Then I had each squirrel literally come along and take the acorn then disappear behind the flannel board. I put them all back on at the end, and added this new verse:
Down around the corner
and down the trail
are five little squirrels
with big bushy tails!
Listen to them chew
with a nibble and crunch
as they eat their yummy little
acorns for lunch!
This final verse brought down the house, but it took too long to get there. I think next time I'd do this one in place of a second book. Maybe next week I'll try a book and two flannels and see how that goes.This will also be good to do with pre-K, maybe, or at preschool story time.
Song: One Little Finger (Session 1 only)
Song: Tommy Thumb
Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This