Program for Toddlers

Friends and Family / Amigos y familia

By Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

Bear's New Friend by Karman Wilson

Con los abuelos by Guido van Genetchen

La familia activa de oso by Stella Blackstone

Let's Eat! ¡A comer! by Pat Mora

El libro de la paz by Todd Parr

The Peace Book by Todd Parr

Books to Show or Booktalk

Un amigo de veras maravilloso / A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom and Aide E. Marcase

Amigos en la selva by John Winskill and Adolfo Pérez Perdomo

Luis Luna ¡Dejo de bañarse! by Frank B. Edwards and John Bianchi

A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

Sweet Dreams / Dulces sueños by Pat Mora and Maribel Suárez


Heart Nametag

Create heart-shaped name tags cut from die cut machine or using the pattern provided at the end of this chapter.


Cover a table with a brightly colored cloth. Add tissue paper flowers to make it look festive. Place the storytime books on this table for check out at the end of the program. See Kaboose at for instructions for making paper flowers.

Costumes and Props

As the children arrive for storytime, greet them with dog or other animal that is saying "hola" or "hello." If the children would like to pet the puppet, allow them to pet it on the head or ears. Some children shy away from puppets, so try not to stand too close to small children. Pets can be a part of the family, too and some kids may have a dog or a pet of some kind. As an ice-breaker, ask questions and let the children talk about their pets before storytime begins.


Este cerdito

(Adapted by Paula Gonzales)

Este cerdito corrió al mercado. (Touch thumb)

Y este cerdito quedó en la casa. (Touch index finger)

Este comió la carne. (Touch middle finger)

Este no comió nada. (Touch ring finger)

Y este cerdito grito--¡ña-ña-ña!- todo el camino a casa. (Touch pinky finger and crawl up arm and tickle)

This Little Pig


This little piggy went to the market. (Touch thumb)

This little piggy stayed home. (Touch index finger)

This little piggy ate roast beef. (Touch middle finger)

This little piggy had none. (Touch ring finger)

This little piggy cried wee wee wee, all the way home. (Touch pinky finger and crawl up arm and tickle)


Buenos días

(Tradicional. Sing to the tune of "Fere Jacques")

Buenos días, buenos días,

¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo estás?

Muy bien gracias, muy bien gracias,

¿Y usted? ¿Y usted?

Good Morning


Good morning, good morning.

How are you? How are you?

Very well thank you, very well thank you.

How about you? How about you?

Dance and Movement Songs

Si juntamos las manitas


Si juntamos las manitas.

Hacen clap, clap, clap. (Clap hands three times)

Si movemos los piecitos

Hacen tap, tap, tap. (Tap feet three times)

Y se abramos la boquita

Hace tra, la, la, (Sing tra, la, la)

Clap, clap, clap.

Tap, tap, tap

Tra, la, la

Tra, la, la

Join Your Hands Together

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

If you join your hands together you can

Clap, clap, clap. (Clap hands three times)

If you move your feet together, you can

Tap, tap, tap. (Tap feet three times)

And if you open up your mouth you can sing

Tra, la, la. (Sing tra, la, la.)

Clap, clap, clap

Tap, tap, tap,

Tra, la, la,

Tra, la, la.

Action Rhymes

Todo lo puedo hacer

(In The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs and Fingerplays by Pam Schiller, Rafael Lara-Alecio and Beverly J. Irby. Recite this rhyme with a puppet that can demonstrate to kids how to clean up after themselves and pick up their toys. Use a puppet large enough to mimic the motions to this rhyme.)

Rhymes and Poetry

¡Hola, amiguitos! ¿Cómo están?


¡Hola, amiguitos! ¿Cómo están?

¡Hola, amiguitos! ¿Cómo están?

Hoy venimos a jugar,

Luego vamos a cantar.

Y así nos podemos saludar.

Hello My Friends and How Are You?

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

Hello my friends and how are you?

Hello my friends and how are you?

Today we'll have fun,

And then we'll sing.

This is the way we play.

Flannel Board

"What Is This Baby Feeling? / ¿Qué esta sintiendo este bebé?" in Flannel Board Stories for Infants and Toddlers: Bilingual Edition by Ann Carlson & Mary Carlson

Puppet Plays

"Fox and the Grapes" in Fantastic Theater: Puppets and Plays for Young Performers and Young Audiences by Judy Sierra. This puppet play is based on the fable from Aesop about a fox that makes several attempts to eat grapes. He discovers in the end that he has tried too hard to get the grapes and gives up trying. The puppet play is short enough for toddlers to enjoy.


Friendship Bracelet
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Shaped foam beads

Let the children string four or five foam beads onto a pipe cleaner. With the assistance of an adult, carefully close and bend the ends of the pipe cleaner. Allow each child to make two bracelets so that they can give one to a friend and keep one.

Games and Activities

Parachute Play

Before storytime begins, place the parachute in the area where the children will sit for storytime. Once storytime ends, ask the children to sit in the center of the parachute. Parents and adult caregivers will hold the ends of the parachute and walk clockwise and counter clockwise to music. When the movement stops, slowly lift the ends of the parachute up and down. A good song to sing during this play is The Wheels on the Bus or you can play an audio recording during this play.

Craft Materials

Heart Nametag pattern

Printer Friendly PDF Version (120 KB) (Full Page)

A full page of patterns of six heart shaped nametags.


Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

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

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