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.