Teddy Bear Sleepover

At my internship on Tuesday, I facilitated a Teddy Bear Sleepover. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend the program for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and young Elementary-aged kids. These kids have such an attachment to their special stuffed animal friends that they lovingly tuck them in after the bedtime story. One little boy, about age 6, even gave his teddy a glass of water before he tucked him in. He said his teddy gets thirsty at night and he wanted him to have the (imaginary) water in case he wakes up in the middle of the night. It was precious!

The program started at7:00pm. All the kids sat down in front of my chair on the floor with the stuffed animal friends. I began the storytime session with a hello song. In this song, you keep the beat by clapping your hands on your knees until you are instructed to clap. The song is sung to the beat of “If you’re happy and you know it clap.”

“Hello everybody, how are you?”  (clap, clap)

“Hello everybody, how are you?” (clap, clap)

“It is such a lovely day.”

“I’m so glad you came to play.”

“Hello everybody, how are you?” (clap, clap)

I got this song from New York Public Library – Epiphany Library’s Rebecca Dash. To see Rebecca Dash in action, please visit:

The hello song is about 37 seconds into the video. I recommend watching the whole video because she has some great tips at the end to spice up your own storytimes.

I sang the song once by myself, modeling what I wanted the kids to do. Then I asked them to sing it with me (parents, too). The kids enjoyed it a lot.

After the hello song, we did the “5 in the bed” finger play.

“There were five in the bed,                         Hold up 5 fingers

And the little one said,
‘Roll over, roll over,’                                    Roll hands around each other
So they all rolled over,                               Spin around once
And one fell out.                                        Hold up hand with 1 less finger
*Repeat 4, 3, 2, 1

Last line:

And the little one said, ‘Goodnight!’”            Put hands together in praying position next to ear to imitate sleeping

To hear what this song sound like, and see another way to perform it, click here to view a video uploaded by blueskygokids on Youtube:

We then read, Where’s my Teddy by Jez Alborough. I asked a lot of questions during this story, like “What do you think will happen?” “Who has Eddie’s teddy?” “Could you fit a teddy that size into your bed?” “What will the big dear do when he sees Eddie has his teddy?” The answers kids come up with crack me up. They show a genuine concern for Eddie and his teddy.

Next we said and danced to “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around”

“Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.”                    Turn around

“Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.”           Touch the ground

“Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe.”              Show your shoe

“Teddy bear, teddy bear, that will do.”                     Thumbs up

“Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs.”                    Imitate stairs/marching

“Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers.”           Put hands together in prayer

“Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn off the light.”             Pull the light switch

“Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight!”               Hands together against cheek


Finally, we read Peace at Last by Jill Murphy. In this book, whenever there is a noise that keeps Papa Bear awake, I make the noise loudly. For example, when mama bear is snoring, I make loud snoring noises. It was a lot of fun and all the kids laughed.

After this story, I yawned and said, “Well, I’m exhausted…and it looks like your stuffed animal friends are tired too. Let’s all go together and put our friends to bed. You can tuck them in, say goodnight, give them a kiss and then you can come pick them up tomorrow. We’ll have a nice breakfast and your stuffed animal friends can tell about all the fun they had during the night.”

A few kids were worried for their teddy bear friends and didn’t want to leave them, but moms and dads did a wonderful job of convincing them that their teddy bears need to have fun too with their own friends.

After all the kids left, my coordinator and I posed the animals getting into trouble around the library. What a great time! We had some of the toys climbing into the soda machine; some were tipping over the candy counting jar and eating the candy; some were performing a puppet show; some were reading to each other. It was hilarious. I will post some of the photos of the sleepover soon.

The next morning (which I was not scheduled for) the kids came and picked up their friends, ate some breakfast (doughnut holes and OJ) and looked at the pictures we took of the ruckus their friends made in the library after hours. Priceless.

I hope you enjoyed this programming run-down.




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