Artsy Toddler Storytimes: A Year's Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming

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For toddlers, every storytime can be a new adventure, while art activities are important for developing impulse control, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor dexterity in the hands. Hopkins' new book fuses them together. Designed for children ages 1 to 3 years old, the book's 52 storytimes promote pre-reading skills such as print motivation, vocabulary, and narrative skills. Based on themes familiar to children, including bears, bugs, springtime,clothing and hats, flowers and gardens, weather, music, pets, transportation, pirates, and many more, each storytime includes a list of books, action songs or rhymes along with their words, a flannelboard experience, plus instruction for two to three art activities. This complete toddler storytime resource also includes

  • An introduction which discusses the differences between art activities and craft activities, a toddler's ability in creating art, and why children this age should be exposed to art activities
  • Advice for using different art mediums, such as food, plus important safety considerations
  • Pointers on conducting playful yet educational storytimes  
  • Tips for finding inexpensive art materials, with a list of recommended supplies to keep on hand
  • More than 100 drawings, all easy to reproduce and modify
  • Weblinks to "Artsy Helper Sheets," downloadable supplements complete with phrases, tips, and tricks that inform parents and caregivers about the benefits of doing art activities with toddlers

Pick up Hopkins' book and you'll be ready to conduct a storytime within moments!

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Part I: Toddler Art Fundamentals 
Using Different Mediums to Exercise a Toddler's Ability in Art
Art Supplies to Have on Hand 
Using Food as a Medium and Other Considerations 
A Few Words about Safety
A Look at Coloring Sheets 
Part II: Making the Most of Your Artsy Storytime Program 
Storytime Themes Are for Organizational Purposes Only 
Some Tips for Working with Toddlers at Storytime 
Part III: A Year's Worth of Storytimes 
Theme 1 Apple Munching 
Theme 2 Autumn 
Theme 3 Aviation 
Theme 4 Bath Time Bubbles 
Theme 5 Bears 
Theme 6 Berry Delicious 
Theme 7 Birds of a Feather 
Theme 8 Boats in the Water 
Theme 9 Bugs and Other Creepy Crawlies
Theme 10 Cats and Kittens
Theme 11 Chickens 
Theme 12 Clothing and Hats 
Theme 13 Colors and Patterns 
Theme 14 Community Workers 
Theme 15 Construction Site 
Theme 16 Cool Pool of Water 
Theme 17 Counting 
Theme 18 Dinosaurs
Theme 19 Dogs and Puppies 
Theme 20 Farm Animals 
Theme 21 Fire Trucks and Firefighters 
Theme 22 Flowers and Gardens 
Theme 23 Food, Yummy Food 
Theme 24 Frogs and Toads 
Theme 25 Garbage and Recycling 
Theme 26 Gingerbread and Other Cookies 
Theme 27 Green for St. Patrick's Day 
Theme 28 Halloween 
Theme 29 Lunar New Year 
Theme 30 Monsters 
Theme 31 Music and Movement 
Theme 32 My Body and Me 
Theme 33 Nighttime 
Theme 34 Nocturnal Animals
Theme 35 Opposites 
Theme 36 Pet Parade 
Theme 37 Pirate Treasure 
Theme 38 Rabbits and Bunnies 
Theme 39 Royalty 
Theme 40 Silly Fun 
Theme 41 Spiders 
Theme 42 Springtime 
Theme 43 Summer in the Sun 
Theme 44 Thanksgiving Turkeys 
Theme 45 Toys 
Theme 46 Trains on the Track 
Theme 47 Under the Sea 
Theme 48 Valentine Hugs and Kisses 
Theme 49 Weather 
Theme 50 Wheels on the Road 
Theme 51 Wild Animals 
Theme 52 Winter Snow 
About the Author 


Carol Garnett Hopkins

Carol Garnett Hopkins is a children's librarian at a stand-alone municipal library in western Washington. Her specialties include toddler storytimes, programming for children, selecting children's books and movies, and matching AR books with young readers.