What We Did In Storytime: Rhythm and Rhyme

We were reading to rhythm this week in Storytime for Littles!

Opening Song: Well Hello Everybody Can You Touch Your Nose?

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This song is fun on it’s own and easily adapted for newborns and infants by having caregivers rock or bounce to the rhythm and tap or tickle the body part called out in the song.  Today we added another fun dimension to this song and used shaker eggs with it. The kids loved it and handing out our first instrument of the day as my friends came in to storytime allowed us to dive right into our activities!

Monkey and Me

by Emily Gravett

If you want a fun books with rhythm and lots of chance for kids to interact, this book is it!  We kept our shaker eggs during this story because I wanted the kids to listen to the rhythm of the words and tap along.

 

 

Rhyme: Shaker Eggs Up!

Source: Cape May County Library

Our crowd loves their shaker eggs so I didn’t want to end our shaker egg time with just any rhyme.  I love that this rhyme let us have fun shaking our sillies out and then quieting our eggs and tucking them in until next time.  The littles loved putting their eggs to sleep!

 

Be Quiet, Mike!

by Leslie Patricelli

 

Full disclosure: I almost didn’t read this book even though I LOVE this book.  It is really geared more at preschool aged kiddos because of the length.  It has such good rhythm and a great message though so I kept trying to find a way to include it because I felt like our littles could get something good out of it if they could stick with it.  To make it work, I paper-clipped a huge chunk of the story to skip over.  Even doing that, it was still long for the littles age group.

I debated quite awhile on whether or not to ditch it or try it and decided to try it for an important reason: storytime is more than sharing great early literacy skills with the kids.  It’s also about helping the parents know how to share books with their littles.  If this story didn’t go as planned during storytime, I hoped parents might be able to relate to me and see that not every book you pick up to share is going to grab your child’s attention for one reason or another.  It still is a valuable experience and there is no shame in admitting defeat and moving on to another story or activity.

UPDATE: This story was pretty successful!  We even used shaker eggs with it during our second session!

 

Rhythm Stick Songs: If You Have Some Rhythm Sticks and Tap Your Sticks

Source: Jbrary

I was terrified and excited all at the same time.  I had visions of kids bonking and poking each other, but despite that, they are such a fun instrument to play with and a great tool for helping kids develop rhythm, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination!  We pushed our fears down and tried rhythm sticks with the littles for the first time this summer and let me tell ya, the kids did great!  All of my fears had been for nothing.  The listened to directions, held the sticks on their shoulders when we weren’t using them, and best of all, had a ball using them!  I knew I wanted to pull them back out and the kids were just as excited as I was to get to use them again.

What I didn’t use today:

We had so much fun with our rhythm sticks and shaker eggs, we needed to cut a story and start playing.  This story is awesome and a great way to extend what we did in storytime today!

Plinka Plinka Shake Shake

by Emma Garcia

The newest book by Garcia is a great one to share with littles on up!  It introduces a variety of instruments and their sounds to kids and puts them together at the end to make some fun songs.  I did clip some pages together to make this work since it was our last book but one on one I’m sure a little one could get through the entire thing no problem.

 

Playtime:

During playtime today, I had a lot of grown-ups asking me about how we made our colored rice in our sensory bin.  It is a total hit with our Littles, so if you want to try it at home with your own little, click here to see the amazing (and easy!) recipe we got over at craftymorning.com.  We used water color paint instead of food coloring and it worked just great!  This rice has held up beautifully even after a couple months of play.

And that’s what we did in Storytime for Littles today!  Check back next week to see what Miss Jessica has up her sleeve!

Miss Marta

 

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What We Did in Storytime: Food

For storytime today we talked about food!

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Opening Song: IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

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Book: THE LITTLE ICE CREAM TRUCK

This book is a little lengthy for this age group, so I paperclipped a few pages together. I like the bright, colorful illustrations and the diversity of the people shown getting ice cream.

Song: I’M A KNIFE, FORK, SPOON, SPATULA
I’m a knife, fork, spoon, spatula,
cha cha cha!
I’m a knife, fork, spoon, spatula,
cha cha cha!
I’m a knife, fork, spoon,
I’m a knife, fork, spoon,
I’m a knife, fork, spoon, spatula,
cha cha cha!

Source: Jbrary

As soon as I heard this song I knew I had to use it for storytime, and it was a hit for both groups! We started off doing the motions slowly and then got faster and faster each time we repeated it. Doing the super-fast version was very fun and silly.

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Book: LUNCH

The nice big illustrations as well as the very small amount of text works well for a group storytime.

Song: PATTY CAKE

What I Didn’t Use: Hands are Clapping song, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

Our craft today was ice cream cones or popsicles decorated with tissue paper squares. And that’s what we did in storytime today! If you’d like to see what we did in past weeks, click on the “What We Did in Storytime” tag. We’re closed next Monday for the holiday, but be sure to come back in two weeks to check out what Miss Marta did!

Miss Jessica

 

What We Did in Storytime

Littles was a lot of fun today!  It was loosely themed on colors but when I say loosely, I mean very loosely.

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody! Can You Touch Your Nose?

Source: jbrary.com

 

One Little Blueberry

by Tammi Salzano

 

This book was an accidental find that was a delight!  Counting, bright colors, bugs, and a surprise ending.  Our groups were very engaged from page one.  One on one, this books would be fun to talk about different insects and to practice pointing and counting.

 

Flannel Board

The Artist’s Palette

This fun flannel game is one I forgot we had created!  It was nice because it is a flexible game, easily adapted up or down depending on the age of the Littles in storytime that day.  For example, when I ask “What color is missing from our play?” I can hold the color I’m taking away out so they can see it and see who can identify the color.  For older Littles who have mastered their colors, I may hold the piece I remove behind my back to challenge their memory skills.  Either way. the kids really seemed to have fun with this interactive board.

 

Recorded Music

Have You Seen the Trampoline?

by Jim Gill

This song is a storytime favorite for me.  It is simple and has us jumping around.  I add in other actions as well, like looking through binoculars and giving drum rolls.  For Littles that aren’t mobile yet, I encourage parents to gentle bounce or rock them to the rhythm of the song.

 

Blue

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

 

I really love this story, but was a bit worried about sharing it in Littles since it deals with the loss of a pet.  I try to be sensitive to the fact that many of our friends haven’t experienced these things yet and don’t want to introduce it before families are ready.  Luckily, there is a good stopping point before the dog in the story passes away, so I just paper clipped that page and that became the end of our story for today.  Parents all seemed pleased with that and everyone enjoyed the story.  Especially the beautiful illustrations!

 

Flannel Board

Five Elephants in the Bathtub

I love how when I unveil flannel boards, I have friends who come right up to be my helpers!  This fun story has 5 elephants who make their way into the bathtub which meant all of my helpers had a chance to put an elephant on the flannel board.  If you have an interactive group, I recommend this one.  Not only does it accommodate helping hands, but it also has actions for more timid littles.

 

Check back next week to see what Miss Jessica does in Storytime for Littles!

Miss Marta

 

 

What We Did in Storytime: Ocean

Today we went under the sea for storytime!

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OPENING SONG: IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

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BOOK: LITTLE WHITE FISH

A really cute book about a little fish looking for his mommy! I love the brightly colored illustrations on the black background and the discussions of the different colors of the sea animals.

SCARF SONG:

The fish in the sea swim back and forth,
Back and forth, back and forth
The fish in the sea swim back and forth,
All day long.

The waves on the sea go up and down,
Up and down, up and down
The waves on the sea go up and down,
All day long.

The sand in the sea drifts down, down, down
Down, down, down, down, down, down
The sand in the sea drifts down, down, down
All day long.

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BOOK: BREATHE

A sweet story about the life of a baby whale. It’s important to remember to stop and just take a breath sometimes, even – perhaps especially – as an adult! I especially like the illustrations; this would be nice to share one-on-one so you could spend more time going over the beautiful pictures.

FELT BOARD SONG: BUBBLE BUBBLE POP!

1 little red fish swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water, 
Swimming in the water.
1 little red fish swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, pop! 

2 little blue fish swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water, 
Swimming in the water.
2 little blue fish swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, pop! 

3 little yellow fish swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water, 
Swimming in the water.
3 little yellow fish swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, pop! 

This is one of my favorite storytime songs, and I decided to try something new with it by adding felt pieces to go along with it.

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What I Didn’t Use: In My Ocean by Sara Gillingham

Our craft today was fish Do-A-Dot pages. I also put out the water table so we could stick some fish and sea horses foam pieces onto a pretend ocean. And that’s what we did in storytime today! If you’d like to see what we did in past weeks, click on the “What We Did in Storytime” tag. And be sure to come back next Monday to check out what Miss Marta did!

Miss Jessica

What We Did in Storytime – Ducks and Trucks

 

 

Storytime for Littles is back!  We had a fun time today talking about Ducks and Trucks!

Open Song: The Arms Go Up and Down

I found this gem over at Jbrary and couldn’t wait to share it with our Littles!  It worked best with toddlers but wasn’t at all difficult to adapt for infants.  I had parents touch, tap, or move the body part we sang out in time with the rhythm of the song.  The set list only says arms but we also did feet, moving our head side to side, and our bodies round and round.

 

Shaker Eggs:  Shaker Egg Song by Mister Q

If you haven’t heard this tune before, I highly recommend it.  Kids get to do a variety of actions with their shaker eggs and then have to stop before they move on to the next thing.  This one make practicing a little self control really fun!

 

Firefighter Duckies

by Frank Dormer

 

This book was one that was new to me.  So glad I found it because kids and parents alike loved it.  The humor is geared toddler/prek, but younger Littles liked the nice big pictures and the silly voices I used when reading.

 

Put Your Hands Up High

The Littles really loved this song.  Who doesn’t like to pretend to be a duck?!  It was the perfect way to get some wiggles out before more great books!  Credit to Jbrary for sharing this one!

 

My Friend Duck

I really wanted to start back after summer break with a Flannel Board that was new and fun.  We have many Duck and even Truck themed ones, but none were exciting so I wandered over to Storytime in the Stacks site and found this fun flannel game.  The kids loved that we would count to three then yank the trucks off the board to see if Duck was underneath.  There was a lot of giggling with this one and it was super easy to create.  I just grabbed a free truck template online, cut 5 different colored trucks, grabbed a duck that was already made from a different flannel story and was ready for storytime!

 

Tip Tip Dig Dig

by Emma Garcia

 

This book is always a win with its fun sounds and big bright colorful trucks.

 

I had One Bright Scarf on my list of songs for today since it segued nicely after seeing so many colors in our last story, but the Littles were ready to play and explore so I will use it another time.

 

Check back next week to see what fun Miss Jessica has with Storytime for Littles!

Miss Marta

What We Did in Storytime: Frogs

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Storytime was all about frogs today! We splashed around in the sensory bin and made a frog craft with green tissue paper.

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Song: If You’re Ready for a Story 

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Book: Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson

I liked this book! The little frog leap frogs over different things but always comes back to mama frog.

Felt Board: 5 Little Froggies

Five little froggies sitting on a well,
One looked up (point up)
and down he fell. (fall down)
Froggies jump high (reach up high)
Froggies jump low (reach down low)
Four little froggies hopping two and fro.
(Keep going until there are no more frogs.)

I like that this little rhyme for the flannel board has actions to go along with it to keep everyone interested and moving while we count down the froggies.

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Book: Frogs by Marysa Storm

This is the first time I’ve tried using a nonfiction book in storytime, and I’m not sure how well it went over. It was shorter than Leap Back Home to Me but didn’t seem to hold the kids’ attention. I’ll have to think this over before trying another nonfiction book.

Song: Mm Ah Went the Little Green Frog 

              Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.

Mmm ahh went the little green frog.

Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.

And they all went mmm, mmm, ahh.

But… We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.

(clap) shanananana.

(clap) shanananana.

We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.

They don’t go mmm, mmm, ahh.

This is a classic kids’ song, but if you haven’t heard it before Jbrary has their version here.

What I Didn’t Use: 

Fingerplay: “Two Little Frogs”

Two little frogs sitting on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill.
“Jump,” said Jack. “Jump,” said Jill.
And they both jumped down the great big hill.
Come back, Jack. Come back, Jill.
And they both jumped up the great big hill.

Book: Jump! by Scott M. Fischer

Fingerplay: Mr. Bullfrog

Here’s Mr. Bullfrog (make a fist)
Sitting on a rock (put fist on palm)
Into the water he jumps
KERPLOP! (clap loudly)

And that’s what we did in storytime today! If you’d like to see what we did in past weeks, click on the “What We Did in Storytime” tag. Also, just a reminder – we will be taking a break from Littles over the summer, so this was our last regular session for a few months. BUT!! Miss Marta and I have planned some really fun themed storytimes for over the summer too. We hope you can join us for Storytime Rocks! on June 3rd at 10 AM for a super fun music and dance themed storytime. Or why not check out Messing Around at 10 AM on July 1st, our art themed storytime program? We promise it will be LOTS of fun and make LOTS of messes. But don’t worry, you leave the clean up to us! Both programs are for kids up to age 6, with siblings welcome. Hope to see you there!

Miss Jessica

What We Did In Storytime: Butterflies and Change

Happy Monday!  Today’s storytime was loosely themed.  We did some books about growing big and changing and some books on butterflies since our own Painted Ladies are now in chrysalis stage and will soon be beautiful butterflies!  For more on the butterflies at the library, click here.  For what fun books and songs we used in storytime today, keep reading!

 

 

Opening Rhyme: Let’s Get the Rhythm

Thanks again to JBrary for this rhyme!

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

If you please

Let’s get the rhythm of our knees

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

Big boulders!

Let’s get the rhythm of our shoulders

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

Oh, dread!

Let’s get the rhythm of our head

 

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

How neat!

Let’s get the rhythm of our feet

 

I Am Just Right

by David McPhail

 

This brand new book is about the bittersweet moments that come with change and growing.  It’s perfectly aimed at our youngest friends who sometimes struggle with this the most and really puts change in a positive light.

 

Song: Hip Hop Body Rock 

by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

 

Song: Walking Walking

Off Songs For Wiggleworms

 

Song: Flutter Flutter

Thanks to Storytime Kate for this cute song and prop idea.  The kids had a blast with this!  I found a cute butterfly image that was free to use as a pattern, cut my butterflies out of foam, taped them to craft sticks and ta-da!  I had some great storytime props for the littles to flutter around the room with while we sang.

 

 

 

 

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the spring sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the spring sky

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

 

 

 

Due to having a very scratchy throat, I had to change it up a bit from my set list.  I added a recording of Walking Walking which we did while using shaker eggs.  I ended up not doing the scarf songs I originally planned as singing and reading were sending me into coughing fits.  Thank goodness for excellent recorded music!

 

At playtime afterward, we had a cute butterfly craft that let the littles sponge paint.  There were some beautiful butterflies created for our families to hang up and enjoy at home.

 

 

And that’s what we did in storytime!  Check back next week to see what Miss Jessica has up her sleeve.

Miss Marta