We had some Fall fun in Storytime today!
Opening Song: Well Hello Everybody Can You Touch Your Nose?
Our littles LOVE this song! Today we did touch your nose, stomp your feet, rub your belly, and clap your hands. I change the actions we do from week to week. For our littlest littles, we encourage parents to wave (or help their child wave) when we say hello and then tap the rhythm on the body part called out.
by Marty Kelley
We read this funny book using flannel board pieces today. The kids loved seeing all the things this tree’s leaves turned into before getting it just right. The words on the page were minimal which made it perfect for this age group.
Rhyme: Shaker Eggs Up!
Source: Cape May County Library
This rhyme is a lot of fun! The nice thing about this one is that at the end of the song, you tuck the eggs into bed so it makes the transition to the next activity you are doing easy peasy.
by Laurie Berkner Band
This song is not a shaker egg song per say but we used it as one anyway. This gave the kids the chorus of the song to dance and shake their eggs to the rhythm, then during the verses we were able to do the actions called out… with the added bonus of shaker eggs!
by Nancy Tafuri
This book has sweet pictures with different animals that Squirrel meets on his busy day. I like this books a lot for two reasons. First, it can be made really interactive by having littles look at the pictures and name animals or, if they are older, read along until the animal on the page makes it’s sound then have them say the animal that’s talking. The second thing you can do with this book is help build prediction skills. There is a line that’s repeated throughout the book and letting kids call it out before I even have to read it actually helps build those neuropathways! Our littles today were a bit too young for this but they definitely helped shout out the animals who were talking which was awesome to hear!
by Kevin Henkes
One of my favorites for this time of year! The colorful illustrations and simple text highlight all of the things that make up fall.
by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael
This song is great for counting rhythm and transitions. The kids (and even the grownups) had fund dancing to this, freezing, then melting to the floor.
We ended up not using the bonus book this week or the song from The Wiggleworms. We were ready to play!
For a fun project, we painted autumn trees today using broccoli! I printed bare trees, then put out plates of fingerpaint in red, yellow, orange, and brown. Littles could dip a piece of broccoli in the paint and then stamp it over their tree to add beautiful fall leaves. It was a great fit and a lot of fun that could easily be replicated at home!
Be sure to stop back next week to see what Miss Jessica is doing in storytime!