Toddler Time – Emergency Plan – Print Motivation

toddlerChildren ages 18 to 36 months (with caring adult) enjoy a variety of developmentally-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building early literacy skills.

About Emergency Plans: At AACPL, we have Early Literacy Specialists that perform all of our early literacy programs. While we generally have enough ELS staff members to cover all of our programs, but we were directed to create a few emergency plans, just in case so that a non-ELS staff members could do a program in a pinch.

With Toddlers, you can use calming songs and fingerplays to bring their attention back to the task at hand. Let them go a little wild.


Early Literacy Explain Today, for our early literacy tips, we are going to focus on Print Motivation, which is a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books and reading.
Opening Song Wave My Hands
Calming Fingerplay I have ten fingers
Book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, Lois Ehlert(if you sign, fingerspell the letters)
Flannel Board Clown Hats
Fingerplay Itsy Bitsy Spider
Calming Song Open, Shut Them
Book “Dinosaur Zoom” by Penny Dale – skip 1 or two pages
Early Literacy Example You may have noticed that I skipped a few words or pages in our book. It’s more important to keep the child involved when you are reading, even if it means not reading the book word for word. You can also end the book early.
Movement Song I’m a Little Teapot
Movement Song Row, Row, Row your boat
Music/Shaker Eggs Shake my Sillies Out, The Wiggles
Early Literacy Empower Our library has an excellent non-fiction section that your children will really enjoy. When reading nonfiction, follow your child’s interests, and focus on cool images and facts. This will help to prepare them for the type of reading that they do in school.
Goodbye Song or More Dancing CD: The Wiggles, Yummy Yummy
Craft Coloring Sheet: Curious George

Fingerplays and Songs

Wave My Hands

I wave my hands like this, I wave my hands like that
I clap my hands together, I wave my hands like this.
Clap, clap, clap your hands together,
Clap them high, Clap them low, Clap your hands together.
Tap, Tap, Tap your toes, tap your toes together
Tap them fast, tap them sloooow, tap your feet together.

I Have Ten Fingers (Calming fingerplay)

I have ten fingers, and they all belong to me. (wiggle fingers)
I can make them do things, would you like to see?
I can shut them tight, I can open them wide.
(close fists, open hands)
I can put them together, I can make them hide.
(cross fingers) (put them behind back)
I can make them fly high, I can make them fly low.
(put fingers in air, touch the ground)
I can fold them like this, and hold them just so.
(fold hands and place in lap)

Open, Shut Them (Calming Fingerplay)

Open, shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap, lap, lap
Creep them, creep them, slowly creep them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
Open up your little mouth,
But do not let them in!
My head is quiet, my shoulders are quiet, my knees …, my lips…
My hands are in my lap, and now I am ready for another story.

Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-spider went up the water spout,
(walk fingers up in the air)
Down came the rain and washed the spider out. (wiggle fingers downward to make the rain)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
(form a circle with above your head)
And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.
(walk your fingers up again).

 I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot
Short and Stout
Here is my handle,
Here is my spout
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Just tip me over,
And pour me out.

 Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

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