Toddler Storytime

Wonderful Ones and Terrific Twos Storytime – July

My first set of toddler storytimes at my new library! As is often the case with young storytimes, there is already a typical schedule that they desire the librarians to mostly stick to. People this young thrive on repetition and expectations so I did not want to break their routine, however, I also wanted to put my own ideas and spin on things. Overall I stuck to the rhymes and order that they were used to from previous storytimes, but I cut out a lot of rhymes so that I could have a smaller number to really focus in on and repeat several times.

Overall, it went really well! Things moved quickly and there was enough variation in activities that the kids found something they were able to get excited about. The one year olds LOVED the parachute and shouts of joy were heard the whole time, but the two year olds shockingly were not as excited and preferred to help hold the straps with the caregivers!

Next time, I may switch up the order so that scarves are closer to the beginning. I noticed many of the shyer children really opened up when they were able to focus on an activity that does not require interacting with other children or speaking aloud but gives them their own personal object to focus on. These children, after the scarves, were also much more likely to participate in the songs and rhymes.

  1. Welcome in with bubbles
  2. Hello Everybody and How Are You?
  3. When (cows) Get Up In the Morning Puppet Rhyme
  4. Hickory Dickory Dock felt rhyme w/bells
  5. Book: Look At You! By Kathy Henderson
  6. Clap Our Hands Together (hit floor, sway, nod, clap)
  7. Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  8. ECRR TIP: Singing
  9. Rum Pum Pum, this is my drum. My name is Ms. Darcy
  10. We’re Marching to the Drum (tiptoe, bouncing)
  11. SCARVES: Peek-a-boo
  12. SCARVES: Wind, oh wind
  13. SCARVES: Popcorn Kernel
  14. SCARVES: This is the way
  15. Parachute: It’s a Beautiful Day by Greg and Steve
  16. Twinkle, Twinkle
  17. Our hands say Goodbye

Hello Song

Hello, everybody, and how are you?

How are you?

How are you?

Hello, everybody, and how are you?

How are you today?


When Animals Get Up In the Morning (Use different animals and puppets also)

When cows get up in the morning,

They always say good day.

When cows get up in the morning,

They always say good day.

They say mooooo

They always say good day.


We Hit the Floor Together

Sung to the tune of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”

We hit the floor together, we hit the floor together,

We hit the floor together, because it’s fun to do.

We wiggle our fingers together…

We nod our head together…

We sway side to side together…

We clap our hands together…

We stretch up high together…

We all sit down together…


Rum Pum Pum

Rum pum pum, this is my drum.

Rum pum pum, this is my drum.

My name is Dar-cy, what’s your name?

(with this rhyme, I tap out my names syllables on the drum then go around the room and allow each child to hit the drum as we tap out their name’s syllables) 


Drum Song

Sung to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”

We’re marching to the drum, we’re marching to the drum,

Hi-ho-the-derrio, we’re marching to the drum.

And the drum says “STOP!”

We’re running to the drum…

We’ll tiptoe to the drum…


Hickory Dickory Dock (Felt)

Hickory Dickory Dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock stuck one (one bell shake)

The mouse ran down

Hickory Dickory Dock (repeat for 2, 3, 4, 5)




Popcorn Kernels

Popcorn Song (tune of Frere Jacques, so sing each line twice)
Popcorn Kernels (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot (I tell the kids to make their scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them up in their fists)
Shake them shake them shake them (shake)
’til they POP (Toss scarves up into the air)


This is the Way We Wash Our Necks

This is the way we wash our necks, wash our necks, wash our necks. This is the way we wash our necks, so early in the morning.


Wind, Oh, Wind:

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say. What are you blowing away today? Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say


Goodbye Song:

Our hands say goodbye with a clap, clap, clap.

Our feet say goodbye with a tap, tap, tap.

Clap, clap, clap.

Tap, tap, tap.

We roll our hands together and we say goodbye.


Part Librarian, Part Graphic Designer ;)

I do not have a full program-load with my position yet as I am still being eased into things since coming in the middle of their regularly scheduled programs. So, I have a bit of extra time as compared to the other children’s librarians here.

We are each assigned sections within the children’s collection that are “ours” to maintain. This is mostly in reference to weeding, making sure we have popular titles, etc. However, this can also mean promoting the materials! I got lucky (in my opinion!) and I get to be in charge of juvenile fiction, graphic novels, and the “I can read” or easy reader section. With my extra time this week, I decided to practice graphic design skillz in order to help promote some of these sections. I have been able to do graphic design in past library jobs in order to make displays and flyers, and while I have always loved doing it, I have never been great at it.

THEN, an adult librarian coworker recommended the site And lemme tell you, the skies opened up and heaven sang down. This site is not only SO FUN, it also makes it really easy to make some pretty good looking signs.

We get sooo many requests for Captain Underpants, Elephant and Piggie, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid that we can hardly keep these books on the shelves and I have to deal with many disappointed patrons who claim it is “ALLLLL I WANTED!” So, I decided to make some read-a-like signs to help these patrons. Here they are below!






And seriously.. try out Canva!

Preschool Storytime

Picnic Preschool Storytime

Eep! My first preschool storytime at my new position! I am just a tad bit excited!

This late June storytime will be focused on PICNICS! Who doesn’t love a good picnic? Within the realm of picnics we are able to talk about ants, talk about food, and play lots of pretend.



ants at the picnicmouse's first summerbest picnicever           

Ants at the Picnic: Counting by Tens (Non-fiction)

            By: Michael Dahl, Illustrated by: Zachary Trover

Mouse’s First Summer

By: Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by: Buket Erdogan

The Best Picnic Ever

By: Clare Jarrett



5 Red Strawberries (Felt Rhyme)

Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.

Four red strawberries, growing near a tree.
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.

Three red strawberries, for you and you and you.
Bear came and ate one and then there were two.

Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun.
Bear came and ate one and then there was one.

One red strawberry, left all alone.
Bear came and ate it and then there were none.

Ants Go Marching! (Action)

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out of the rain.
(two, tie his shoe; three, climb a tree; four, shut the door; five, take a dive) 

The Ant Hill (Fingerplay)

Here is the ant hill (make a fist with one hand)

With no ants about

And I say

(cup hands to mouth)

“Little ants won’t you please come out”

Out they come trooping

In answer to my call


(raise fingers of hand)

And that’s all!


Going On a Picnic (Play)

Going on a picnic,
Gotta pack a lunch.
What should we bring to munch, munch, munch?

(Last Verse)
Ready for a picnic,
Ready with a lunch,
Now we’re ready to munch, munch, munch!

Credit: Harris County Public Library


Rhythm Sticks


Pretend-Cherry Pie

Craft includes a paper plate that children can glue red tissue paper onto for the cherry pie filling. Then, use brown strips of construction paper, pre-cut, to lie in a grid across the top of the pie to make the lattice crust. Finally top with a cotton ball or two to make whipped cream.



Hello Song

The Best Picnic Ever

5 Red Strawberries

Mouse’s First Summer

Going on a Picnic

Ants at the Picnic

The Ant Hill

The Ants Go Marching

Rhythm Sticks to Music


Free Play

(Books on display/offered for checkout: Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack; We’re Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins; The Bunnies’ Picnic by Lezlie Evans; Picnic by John Burningham)


❤ Darcy