December Holidays-Toddlers

Holiday storytimes always are a bit of a tricky subject to navigate depending on your patrons and the material you choose to use. Storytime Underground has a good summary of avoiding holiday themes all together. That said, the patrons I serve request Christmas and Hannukah storytimes I do both together in one go. Also, I have found it a bit more difficult to find flannel boards highlighting Hanukkah. I’ve managed to find one but am always on the lookout for more. I would love to hear if you have one to share.

Books

The 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wislon
Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton
Eight Days of Hanukkah by Haarriet Ziefert
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan L. Roth
Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson
Penguin’s Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

Flannel Boards

Music

Jingle Bells by Sammy Davis Jr.
Bells are all you need. We shake the bells all they way through!
Ring Those Bells by Carole Peterson
We pull out the bells for this song.
Ring and turn around
ring and stamp feet
ring and jump
ring and touch toes
ring and turn around

One Menorah Candle

There is a sizable Jewish population near my library. When I was considering how to organize a December holiday storytime I knew I needed a component highlighting Hanukkah. That, of course, was easier said than done. I have had a difficult time finding material I could use with toddlers that was about Hanukkah. However, I found this flannel board over on Story Time Secrets. Katie Fitzgerald authored it. Like me, she also does a split between Christmas and Hanukkah.

Eight Little Reindeer

I went down the black hole of internet searches looking for the author of this rhyme and can’t find any attribution. However, I have also seen it titled “Call Rudolph”. Parents get a good chuckle at the last line. It has been quite a few years since I have made this flannel board and I think I used clip art for the pattern to make the reindeer.

Eight little reindeer pulling Santa’s sled
One fell down and bumped his head.
The elves called Santa and Santa said,
“Can seven little reindeer pull my sled?”

Seven little reindeer . . .
Six little reindeer . . .
Five little reindeer . . .
Four little reindeer . . .
Three little reindeer . . .
Two little reindeer . . .

One little reindeer pulling Santa’s sled
He fell down and bumped his head.
The elves called Santa and Santa said,
“Call Rudolph!”