Mother’s Day-Toddlers

Books

Flip, Flap, Fly! by Phyllis Root
I Love My Mom by Anna Walker
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
Mom and Me by Miela Ford
Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz
More and More by Emma Dodd
Old Mother Hubbard by Jane Cabrera
Over in the Meadow by Jill McDonald
Please Pick Me Up, Mama! by Robin Luebs
Together by Emma Dodd
We Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson

Flannel Boards


Rhymes & Fingerplays

Family
This is my mother, kind and dear. make a fist and point to your thumb
This is the father sitting near. shown each finger in turn
This is the brother strong and tall.
This is the sister, who plays with her ball.
This is the baby, littlest of all.
See my whole family large and small wiggle all the fingers

Music

Gifts for Mommy by Carole Peterson
Bees, dinosaurs, crocodiles, and grizzly bears make great presents for mommy. Carole Peterson provides the movement to accompany the song on her website.

Mother and Baby Match

I got the idea for this flannel board from Jen. I used photos on actual animals instead of felt because I wanted children to have realistic images to put with the proper names. Everything was printed on card stock and laminated for durability since I have children come up to help me and do the actual matching of animals as I read the rhyme. There is Velcro on the back to get it to stick to the felt board.

Mother and Babies Match

Start with one baby animal on the flannelboard.

This baby makes a mooing sound
When his mother’s not around.
Calf is the name of this baby.
What is his mother called?
COW!

Add the mother to the flannelboard after the audience answers.

Barking…puppy…dog
Meowing…kitten…cat
Quacking…duckling…duck
Oinking…piglet…pig
Growling…cub…bear
Roaring…cub…lioness
Cheeping…chick…hen

Construction-Babies

There are a lot of cute construction stories but not so much in the way of rhymes and songs. It is easy to fill in with generic bounces and rhymes.

Books

Construction by Cocoretto
The Construction Crew by Finn Coyle
Machines At Work by Byron Barton


Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Bumping Up and Down
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Won’t you be my darling.

One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken, lean to one side
One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken,
One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken,
Won’t you be my darling.

I’m going to fix it with my little hammer,
I’m going to fix it with my little hammer,
I’m going to fix it with my little hammer,
Won’t you be my darling.