Toddler Program

Juegos para campeones /

Games for Champions

By Alexandra Corona and Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

  • ¿Dónde está Spot? by Eric Hill.
  • Maisy Dresses Up by Lucy Cousins.
  • Maisy Goes to the Playground by Lucy Cousins.
  • Toddlerobics by Zita Newcome.

Bulletin Board

Let’s Play!

Enlarge and color some of the clip art from the Texas Reading Program. Affix drawings of children enjoying fun activities such as skateboarding, playing soccer, running, or kayaking.


Tennis Shoes

On card stock, copy and cut out a tennis shoe shape using the pattern.


Serve baseball-shaped Ritz® crackers. If your store doesn’t carry the baseball-shaped crackers, use plain round ones. The Ritz® sticks look like baseball or cricket bats.


Una papa, dos papas

(Translated by Alexandra Corona. Tap fists on top of one another, right on left, then left on right, as you say the words to this rhyme.)

Una papa, dos papas, tres papas, cuatro.

Cinco papas, seis papas, siete papas. ¡Mas!

Ocho papas, nueve papas,

Y ahora contaremos hasta diez.

Repetiremos la rima otra vez.

One Potato, Two Potato


One potato, two potato, three potato,four.

Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more!

Eight potato, nine potato,

Now we count to ten.

Let’s say the rhyme all over again.

Action Rhymes

Tengo manita

(Traditional. English translation by Paula Gonzales. Repeat this rhyme twice.)

Tengo manita,

No tengo manita.

Porque la tengo


I Have a Little Hand

Now you see my hand, (Swing a hand up)

Now you don’t. (Swing hand down)

Because my little hand is

Playing hide and seek.

Cinco pollitos

(Traditional. English translation by Paula Gonzales.)

Cinco pollitos

Tiene me tía.

Uno le canta,

Otro le pía.

Y tres le tocan

La sinfonía.

Five Little Chickens

Five little chickens (Hold up your hand, fingers open)

Has my aunt.

One sings so pretty, (Bend thumb down)

One say’s “tweet, tweet, tweet.” (Bend pointer finger down)

And the three others (Bend remaining three fingers down)

Play a great samba!


Lo más que nos juntemos

(Translated by Alexandra Corona.)

Los más que nos juntemos, juntemos, juntemos,

Los más que nos juntemos seremos felices.

Tus amigos son mis amigos,

Y mis amigos son tus amigos.

Lo más que nos juntemos

Seremos felices.

The More We Get Together


The more we get together, together, together, together.

The more we get together the happier we’ll be.

For your friends are my friends,

And my friends are your friends.

The more we get together

The happier we’ll be.


Stick Puppet Ponies


  • White card stock
  • Crayons
  • Strips of various colored construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Craft sticks


Copy the horse head pattern onto card stock and precut one for each child. Cut or tear strips of construction paper. Let the children color the horse head. Then allow the children to glue the strips of paper to the horse head for the mane. Older children may want to tear the paper to different sizes or curl the ends around their finger to create a curly mane. Attach the horse head to a craft stick to create a stick puppet. If desired, enlarge the head and use wooden yardsticks or long painter sticks, available at hardware stores, to create a stick pony.

Games and Activities

Simon Says

Play “Simon Says” while the children and caregivers hold the edges of the parachute and shake it. When you say, “Simon Says stop moving,” the children should stop shaking the parachute. Then place one or more foam balls in the middle of the parachute and say “Simon Says shake the parachute.” When you are ready to put the parachute away and stop playing, say “Simon says put your hands on your head.” This makes it easy for the storytime presenter to pick up the parachute and put it away. Parachute games encourage cooperation and non-competitive play. Visit Child and Family Canada for additional games to play. Be aware that parachutes are made of flammable material and have a hole in the center. If the parachute does not come with a mesh cover, make one so that no child can stick his or her head through the parachute and be caught in a “tug-of-war.” Smaller parachutes, about 6-feet in diameter, can be purchased inexpensively from Discount School Supply or other school suppliers.

Web Sites

Games Kids Play
This web site includes educational games for children.

Games. Kid. Us
This web site has a variety of games children can play.

Kid Games
This web site contains coloring pages, on-line coloring, printable activities, and games.

Professional Resources

Child and Family Canada
This Canadian non-profit group supports the health and well being of children and families. The web site includes articles about play and physical activity.

Discount School Supply
On-line source for early childhood and art supplies.


Texas Reading Club 2006 Programming Manual / Reading: The Sport of Champions!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011