Counting 1, 2, 3! Storytime

Toddlers are at the age where they are really starting to be able to grasp and repeat concepts like their ABCs and 123s. A counting storytime is a great way to reinforce these concepts.

Books

Counting on Snow by Maxwell Newhouse

Shapes, Reshape! By Silvia Borando

Hippos Go Berserk! By Sandra Boynton

Counting Cockatoos by Stella Blackstone

Activities

“One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”

A classic, fun action rhyme. I also love to do a variation of “One, two, buckle my shoe” with the egg shakers.

“One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” 
One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, shut the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, begin again

“One, two, Shake it on Your Shoe”
One, two, shake it on your shoe
three, four, shake it on the floor
Five, six, stir and mix
Seven, eight, shake it straight
Nine, ten, wave to your friends!

“Bubble, Bubble, Pop”

“Bubble, Bubble, Pop” is one of my absolute favorites. It’s a song I sing almost every day with my nine month old daughter who is now moving her hand to “swim in the water” and saying “bubblebubblebubblebubble.” You can do it with flannels, puppets, or just as a fingerplay.

“Bubble, Bubble, Pop” 
One little red fish
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water
One little red fish
Swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble pop
…Two little blue fish 
…Three little yellow fish 
…Four little green fish 
…Five little orange fish

“Five Little Ducks”

I guess my counting storytime is full of classics. I personally like to do this one with 5 fingers as the “little” ducks and a puppet as “mama” duck.

“Five Little Ducks” 
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mama duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack!”
But only four little ducks came back.
One, two, three, four….

Sad mama duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mama duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack!”
And all of the five little ducks came back.
One, two, three, four, five!

Conclusion

Maybe not the coolest, newest storytime, but a winner nonetheless!

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