One of the things that we do at our library for toddlers is to have a dance party. This is a separate program from story time that we typically hold for 2-4 year olds. One benefit of this type of program is that you can have more participants than your typical story time if you have a good sound system (we run our ipod through our meeting room speakers).
Our dance parties last approximately 30 minutes of back-to-back songs. We pull in the favorite songs from story time and add others. There are a lot of great kids' action songs out there. If you are looking to do something similar, start by checking out songs by Jim Gill, The Wiggles, Laurie Berkner, and Greg and Steve.
The Airplane Song by Laurie Berkner (on Whaddaya Think of That?) is a good addition to any action-based program. Kids get to fly like airplanes, which they love, then do other actions, such as jumping. These are great activities to work on toddlers' motor skills. Since I like to use props when I can, I came up with envelope puppet airplanes for the kids to use and take home.
To make your own envelope puppet airplane, you will need half of a sealed envelope and a clip art or die cut airplane. I found my airplane through the Microsoft clip art in Publisher. Glue or tape your airplane onto the envelope to make your puppet.
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