Toddler Time: Giddy Up, Partner!

This is the second-to-last Toddler Time for the winter session!  This week our theme was all about cowboys and the wild, wild west.  We’re a Texas library, so this is a very loved theme here.  The toddlers especially love shouting out “Yee-haw!”

OPENING RHYMES:

OPEN, SHUT THEM
Credit:  Traditional

HANDS UP HIGH
Credit:  Here

Giddy Up Partner

BOOKS:

LET’S SING A LULLABY WITH THE BRAVE COWBOY BY JAN THOMAS

CLIP-CLOP BY NICOLA SMEE

MIDDLE RHYMES:

THIS IS THE WAY THE LADY RIDES
Credit:  Traditional

TEN LITTLE COWBOYS
Credit:  Sunflower Storytime

I’M A LITTLE COWBOY
Credit:  Sunflower Storytime

cowboy and you know itFLANNELBOARD:

IF YOU’RE A COWBOY AND YOU KNOW IT
Credit:  Myself, probably inspired by other sources

MOVEMENT ACTIVITY:

JINGLE BELLS!
I passed out jingle bells and we shook them along to music from the Woody’s Roundup CD.

CLOSING RHYME:

CHILDREN, CHILDREN TURN AROUND
Credit:  Traditional

HOW IT WENT:

This was a very popular theme for us.  I announce the storytime theme on my library’s Facebook page a day prior to the storytime, and today we had toddlers show up wearing cowboy boots and clutching Woody (from Toy Story) dolls!  I love that they dressed the part!  (Granted, we are a Texas library, so maybe they just randomly decided to wear cowboy boots and bring their Woody dolls?)  There was a lot of bouncing in this storytime, which I think worked well because my toddlers were so super excited that they had trouble sitting still.  I had the caregivers hold their toddlers in their laps and bounce during This is the Way the Lady Rides and while we were reading Clip Clop.  I think Jan Thomas’ book would work better with a preschool crowd, but it did its job today, and I’d definitely use it again in Toddler Time.  Overall, this was a great storytime for toddlers!

PDF HANDOUT:

Giddy Up Partner

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