Thursday, March 14, 2013

It's Raining, It's Pouring Toddler Lap Time, 3/14/13

  It's Raining, It's Pouring Toddler Lap Time, 3/14/13

Book: The Big Storm by Nancy Tafuri
This book has yet to be really successful. The illustrations are great, but I think the text is confusing.

Song: I Like to See the Raindrops Fall

Book: Rain Dance by Kathi Appelt
The kids got really into making animal noises with me - it was so much fun!

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Book: Ollie the Stomper by Olivier Dunrea
This is a story with a bit more of a plot, and these toddlers were completely engrossed.

Song: I Can Walk With Two Feet

Songs & Rhymes with Foam Flowers:
  • Song: Oh, Little Flower
    I had planned to do this with the flannel board while  the kids held their flowers, but they were too busy so I just sang the same verse three times and moved onto the next rhyme.
  • Rhyme: Flowers Tall and Small
    I changed the last line of this rhyme (at my husband's suggestion) to "one for everyone."
  • Song: There’s a Little Flower Growing...
    My husband started singing this to the tune of There's a Little Wheel a-Turnin' in My Heart in the car on the way to work this morning, and I ran with it. We put the flower on our heads, knees, arms, backs, and toes.
Song: Hands Up High

Song: Shake My Sillies Out

Song: Sunny Day

Song: Monkeys on the Bed

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here.


  1. Katie, I am "borrowing" your book titles and some of your rhymes for my Tiny Tots Story Times. For your Flower Tall, I am changing to an action rhyme, having the children stand up tall, crown down for small, circle arms for sun, wave arms in the breeze and then having them count flowers on the flannel board together. Thanks for posting!

    1. I think Flowers Tall and Small would make a great action rhyme. We actually did some of the moves you mention, but with our foam flowers in hand. Hope you have a great story time!

    2. Katie...I am excited to found your posting. I have been using flannel boards myself and was wondering about the one you have in the picture.

    3. I didn't end up using the flannel board pictured at this story time, but the original post describing it can be found here: (I used to do with clipart flowers until I found felt ones at a craft store for a dollar.)


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