Another storytime based on our picturebook neighborhoods – this time it’s ABC/123! Again I had mostly 2’s and one 4 year old, so I am posting what I had planned and noting what I changed.

Opening Song – If You’re Happy and You Know It – I ended with a verse of If You’re Ready for a Story Sit Back Down!

Song – Alphabet Song 

Letter of the Day – A is for Alphabet (A words)

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Book #1Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Flannelboard – BINGO – We all had a really good time singing BINGO together. They loved clapping out the letters as they disappeared!

Activity: ABC exercise cards – I found these cards on Sunflower Storytime’s post about an ABC storytime. They come from Homeschool Share. I did not do this with this group because I used an alternate book for my next one that was interactive – I think my usual preschool group would have loved it, but I don’t think I could have gotten this group to take turns drawing a card so that we could all do the movement.

Book #2: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons – I did not read this one. My preschool aged kids love it and love singing the song, but the littles were pretty wound up and since I wasn’t sure what ages to expect this week, I brought lots of books with me to choose from. So instead I read The Bouncing, Galloping, Dancing ABC by Charlotte Doyle. This book links a movement or action to each letter and we had a lot of fun acting them all out!

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Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Rhyme:  Here is a Beehive Fingerplay 

Here is the the beehive
but where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees
Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5… They’re alive!
Buzzzzzzz

Song: Two Little Hands and Ten Little Fingers

Two little hands and ten little fingers,

Two little hands and ten little fingers,

Two little hands and ten little fingers,

Count them now with me!

1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers,

4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers,

7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers,

10 little fingers tall!

Book #3 – Shout, Shout it Out – I did not do a third book for this group, we ended with our songs and fingerplays. and then went on to coloring and playtime. All in all it was a fun and active toddler storytime. There’s a lot to be said for being flexible and being able to change things up when you get a different audience than what you expected.