Storytime for Babies and Toddlers
Toddler Time-open play with a couple of stories, 18-36 months, registration-St Louis County
St Charles-Toddlers & Twos-birth-3, Fun for One-1 year olds, time for twos-2-year-olds, Preschool-3-6
Goals: Color Game, Count to Five, Learn simple directions
Format-Books, Fingerplays, rhymes, lap bounces, simple craft, goodbye song-some libraries have activities, others all books, songs and a simple craft
Toddler storytime the focus is on parent and child interaction
Crafts? Not crafts exactly, work on fine motor skills, open ended art activity, not product art-no coloring sheets! Stopped doing crafts because it’s more parent led-parents are doing the crafts instead. Open ended process art. Stop doing examples.
Stations-sensory activity, open toys with play
Registration for storytime or not?-Most libraries don’t require registration
“You decide”-2’s decide what song or rhyme to sing
Book basket full of books-parents and children can read together as an activity
Less is more!
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat-Babies and Toddlers are happy with repetition! It’s not about you-it’s about the kids, so do what they love.
It’s about the caregivers-modeling behavior for the parents
Incorporate shapes with colors
Add additional sessions when you know it’s going to be busy
Once a month evening storytime
Messy activities for writing-shaving cream, cloud dough, jello
Making Learning Fun-racing tracks of letters with play cars
Letters cut from various textures for rubbing
Felt board table-felt across the table with robot parts-passive activity for older kids
Baby storytime-one big picture book, board book sets-multiple copies, hand out board books and parents and kids can read together-focus on socialization and play time with babies
Non-tangible ways to evaluate programs-what are your success stories?
Resources: Perry Public Library-Baby Time Games, Rhymes, and Songs-0-24 months
Jbrary-website and youtube videos
How to get parents involved? Call out names of kids, lap bounces