What We Did in Storytime: Spring!

 

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

 

Why Should I Walk?  I Can Fly!

by Ann Ingalls

 

This new book is awesome for this developmentally diverse age group!  The story is told in simple rhyme with charming, big illustrations.  It introduces some simple facts about robins, how they learn to fly, and even one of their natural predators.  The story is kept short and sweet, but gives little readers a lot of good info.  There are also facts in the back of the book with real pictures for the more curious readers that could be explored one-on-one.

Hip Hop Body Rock

off Rockin’ Red

by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

We changed it up today and danced a bunch with our shaker eggs!  If you haven’t checked out this album, you should!  It is full of great songs to get kids of all ages moving.  Hip Hop Body Rock has the kids shaking their shaker eggs next to the body part called out in the song.

 

Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)

off The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band

by The Laurie Berkner Band

We pretended our shaker eggs were bumblebees for this fun tune.  The verses are slow and soft while the chorus amps up for dancing fun.  During the verses we were sleepy quiet bumblebees but when the chorus hit we got our shakers buzzing.

 

Mouse’s First Spring

by Lauren Thompson

 

As you can see, this book was not on my original set list.  This was a just in case book as the other two books trended a bit longer than my littles were going to sit for today.  This is a fun book with plenty of chances for our littles to name the animals Mouse meets on his first spring walk.  It also let them be a part of the story since I needed helpers to be the wind who sends each new animal friend on it’s way.

 

Even though my setlist has more on it, I stopped storytime after this book today because everyone in the room was ready for some play in our spring centers.  Check back next week to see what Miss Jessica does in storytime!

Miss Marta

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What We Did in Storytime: 4/8

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It’s Monday and that means storytime! Today we read about cars and fish.

SET LIST

Song: If You’re Ready for a Story

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Book: Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

Emma Garcia has written some of my favorite books for storytime and this one is no exception!

Song: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish
Swish swish swish, swish swish swish
The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish
All through the town

Since I had a longer song planned with Bubble, Bubble, Pop, I kept this one short with just 2 verses.

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Book: Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

I liked this book, but it was a little long for our group today. I wish I’d paperclipped a few pages together to shorten it.

Song: Bubble, Bubble, Pop!
One little red fish [hold 1 finger up]
Swimming in the water, [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.
One little red fish [hold 1 finger up]
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…POP! [twirl index fingers upwards for bubbles and clap for POP!]
Two little blue fish [hold 2 fingers up]
Swimming in the water [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water.
Two little blue fish [hold 2 fingers up]
Swimming in the water [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Bubble bubble bubble bubble POP! [twirl index fingers upwards for bubbles and clap for POP!]
Three little yellow fish [hold 3 fingers up]
Swimming in the water [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the water.
Two little blue fish
Swimming in the water [hold hands together and make swimming motion]
Bubble bubble bubble bubble POP! [twirl index fingers upwards for bubbles and clap for POP!]

This song went so well last time that I had to bring it back. Credit goes to Jbrary for this fun little counting song.

What I Didn’t Use: 

Splish Splash Ducky by Lucy Cousins

Hands are Clapping
(to the tune of Skip to the Lou)
Hands are clapping, clap clap clap
Hands are clapping, clap clap clap
Hands are clapping, clap clap clap
Clap your hands my darling!
Toes are tapping, tap tap tap
Toes are tapping, tap tap tap
Toes are tapping, tap tap tap
Tap your toes my darling!

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: Jungle!

 

Opening Rhyme: Let’s Get the Rhythm (with Shaker Eggs)

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

 

Two weeks ago this went so well, I tried it again! As I welcomed families into storytime, I passed out shaker eggs.  We did our opening rhyme using shaker eggs to tap the rhythm instead of our hands and it went really well!

 

Song: We Shake and We Stop

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we shake

and we shake and we shake and we shake

and we stop

 

We tap and we tap and we stop

We tap and we tap and we stop

We tap and we tap and we tap

and we tap and we tap and we tap

and we stop

 

We clap and we clap and we stop

We clap and we clap and we stop

We clap and we clap and we clap

and we clap and we clap and we clap

and we stop

 

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we shake

and we shake and we shake and we shake

and we stop

 

Hilda Must Be Dancing

by Karma Wilson

 

This is a silly story told in rhyme.  Hilda can’t control her dancing feet, much to the dismay of her jungle friends!  It is a bit on the long side for this age group, but they stuck with me and enjoyed the silly things that Hilda tried.

 

Flannel Board: Five Elephants in the Bathtub

One elephant in the bathtub

Going for a Swim

Knock Knock (Clap hands twice)

Splash Splash (tap knees twice)

Come on in!

Repeat this up to 5

Five elephants in the bathtub

Going for a swim

Knock knock (clap twice)

Splash splash (tap knees twice)

They all fell in!

 

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt

by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

 

We have really enjoyed this song!  Lucky for us, this album is full of other equally great tunes.  If you are looking for fun music to get your kiddo dancing, this is an album you won’t want to miss.

 

Wild Baby

by Cori Doerrfeld

 

This is a new book to the library but one that I will use again in future story times!  It is great for younger littles because it is in rhyme, there aren’t many words on the pages, and the illustrations are exciting.  Older littles will get more of the humor in the illustrations, be able to use the pictures to make predictions, and get a little bit of a social story from it.

 

The weather is getting warmer and our littles were restless today, so I stopped both storytimes after this story so we could play and get some wiggles out.  As always, I had some other things on my set list as a “just in case” but it wasn’t necessary today!  Both of the scarf songs on the list came from JBrary’s great collection if you want to give them a try.  Even if you don’t have a scarf at home, a burp rag, washcloth, or blankie will work just as well.  Check back next week to see what Miss Jessica is up to in storytime!

Miss Marta

What We Did in Storytime: 3/25

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We had a full house for storytime today! Dinosaurs and bugs were today’s focus, which I think went over pretty well.

SET LIST (7)

dino

Book: I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone. Super cute illustrations made out of felt and simple rhyming text made this one a winner for me. I did have to clip a couple pages together because I absolutely could not pronounce the dinosaur’s name without saying it suuuuuper slowly and throwing off my reading flow.

Song: The Dino Goes

(to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The tyrannosaurus rex went roar, roar, roar (Curl hands into claws)
roar, roar, roar
roar, roar, roar
The tyrannosaurus rex went roar, roar, roar
When he roamed around

The pterodactyl’s wings went flap, flap, flap (Flap arms like wings)
flap, flap, flap
flap, flap, flap
The pterodactyl’s wings went flap, flap, flap
When he roamed around

The stegosaurus’s tail went swish, swish, swish (Put hands together and swing back and forth)
swish, swish, swish
swish, swish, swish
The stegosaurus’s tail went swish, swish, swish
When he roamed around

Credit for this song goes to Miss Sarah’s Storytime. This song was a hit! The kids especially seemed to like roaring like T Rex – I heard some pretty enthusiastic growling. I will definitely put this song into my rotation.

bugs

Book: I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges. I’m not a big fan of bugs myself, but it’s certainly a popular theme for little ones. We talked about the different kinds of bugs on the page (the simple ones, anyway), their colors, and what kinds of sounds they make.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Up came the sun and dried up all the rain

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Can’t do a book about bugs without following up with The Itsy Bitsy Spider! We did this song three times since it’s so short. Some of the older kids were able to do the motions themselves, while I suggested for the younger ones that their adult sit them in their lap so they could watch or else creep the spider up their arm.

What I Didn’t Use: I ended up not using Old Bear by Kevin Henkes today, but it’s a very sweet story about the changing of the seasons. The illustrations in particular are gorgeous and well worth the read! We Are the Dinosaurs is an awesome song by Laurie Berkner, but with so many people today I wanted to try The Dino Goes instead. If you’re interested, here are the words to the fingerplay and song on my set list that I didn’t use today:

Two Little Brown Bears

Two little brown bears sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Walking, Walking

Walking, walking
Walking, walking
Hop, hop, hop!
Hop, hop, hop!
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Now we stop.
Now we stop. 

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: Underwear!

 

 

 

Opening Rhyme (with shaker eggs): Let’s Get the Rhythm

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

 

We changed up storytime a bit today!  As I welcomed families into storytime, I passed out shaker eggs.  We did our opening rhyme using shaker eggs to tap the rhythm instead of our hands and it went really well!

 

Song: We Shake and We Stop

 

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we shake

and we shake and we shake and we shake

and we stop

 

We tap and we tap and we stop

We tap and we tap and we stop

We tap and we tap and we tap

and we tap and we tap and we tap

and we stop

 

We clap and we clap and we stop

We clap and we clap and we stop

We clap and we clap and we clap

and we clap and we clap and we clap

and we stop

 

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we stop,

We shake and we shake and we shake

and we shake and we shake and we shake

and we stop

 

Polar Bear’s Underwear

by Tupera Tupera

 

This is a fun, silly read.  Older Littles can enjoy making predictions about whose underwear Mouse and Polar Bear find along the way.

 

 

Flannel Board: Five Pair of Underpants

I found this cute flannel board over at The Librarian is on the Loose… along with the other flannel board I had as back up for this week.  Five Pair of Underpants was awesome for practicing counting and building rhythm.  I also had some helpful hands ready to grab the undies off the board for me!

 

The Underwear Book

by Todd Parr

 

Great book with awesome pictures.  Parents and older littles were chuckling along as we read about the Do’s and Don’ts of underwear.  Parr’s simple and colorful illustrations pulled in the the younger littles in the room.  If I were to do this book again with this age group, I’d probably paperclip some pages together.

 

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt

by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

 

As you may have noticed, we have done this for a few storytimes now.  I’ll probably do it for at least one more.  The older littles are finally doing the 8 counts between actions with me and their confidence is building in doing the actions and predicting what comes next in the song so the participation is almost 100%.

 

What Color is Your Underwear?

by Sam Lloyd

 

This lift-the-flap book is one of my favorites!  The funny ending gets everyone laughing.  It is a great way to talk about colors too since all the animals are wearing different colors and styles.  This was my backup book for the week and I was so glad we had time to read it!

 

Flannel Board:  Where, Oh, Where are My Underwear?

This was a back-up activity for the week that also emphasized colors and making predictions. Sadly, we didn’t use it this time, but I’m glad I have it for next time!

 

I partnered this storytime with a lot of our potty training materials.  As the weather warms, the idea of potty training is more approachable for many families.  We have extensive materials in our Parent-Teacher collection and I pulled many samples into storytime for families to check out.  This collection contains items to help educate caregivers and provide resources to be shared with kiddos. There are many topics in this collection, including potty training.  There are guides and books for parents to read on different strategies, board books for littles, picture books to share together, and even DVDs.  Curious what else is in this collection?  Ask us at the Children’s information desk!  And don’t forget to check back next week to see what Miss Jessica did in storytime!

Miss Marta

 

What We Did in Storytime: Colors

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Hello! This week for storytime I did a colors theme. I don’t know about you, but I am SO SICK of winter and everything looking brown and gray and blah, so I thought putting a little color into storytime is just what we needed. I also tried a new song and a new activity this week which turned out really well!

SET LIST (6)

SONG: If You’re Ready For a Story. The regulars who are on the older end of the Littles age range have started singing along with me during this song, which I love. But even the littlest littles can participate in this song with their grown up clapping their hands along with the song.

 

little white fish

BOOK: Little White Fish by Guido van Genechten. I really like this sweet story about a little fish looking for his mommy and finding lots of undersea creatures along the way. The colors really pop against the black background.

 

SONG: Bubble, Bubble, Pop! 

One little white fish [hold up 1 finger]
Swimming through the water [Put hands together and have them “swim” through the air]
Swimming through the water
Swimming through the water
One little white fish
Swimming through the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, pop! [twirl index fingers upwards and then clap]

[Continue with 2 little blue fish and 3 little yellow fish]

I found this adorable song at Jbrary. This song is new to me but it went over really well! I like that it talks about colors and counting, but the lyrics are repetitive enough that the older kids picked it up after a few times and were singing along. I will definitely be using this song again.

 

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BOOK: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. Even after all this time I can tell Brown Bear Brown Bear is still a favorite for many people – I got gasps of delight in both sessions when I pulled this book out. With the brightly colored animals, it worked really well as a companion to Little White Fish. We talked about animal sounds as well.

 

SONG: Popcorn Kernels 

[To the tune of Are You Sleeping?]

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels [wave scarf]
In the pot! In the pot! [ball up scarf in hands]
Shake them, shake them, shake them [shake fists holding scarf]
Shake them, shake them, shake them
Till they POP! Till they POP! [throw scarf into the air]

We can’t do a colors themed storytime without bringing out the scarves! This is one of my favorite scarf songs; the kids just love throwing them into the air at the end. You can hear the ladies from Jbrary sing it here.

 

SONG: One Bright Scarf 

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Wiggle it high and wiggle it low
Shake it fast and shake it slow
Where did it go? 

Another song from Jbrary.

Then it was time for playtime! To continue with the colors theme today, I brought out a color sorting activity. This is super simple to put together if you want to try it at home and was much more popular in both storytime sessions than I expected. Just take a muffin tin with some colored circles at the bottom cut out of construction paper. Then with some plastic balls (the kind you use in ball pits, though a slightly smaller size works best so it will fit in the tin) have your kiddo match the ball to the circle. Here’s what our set up looked like:

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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: Birds

 

 

Storytime was for the birds!  Super simple but so much fun!

 

Opening Rhyme:  Let’s Get the Rhythm

Found over at JBrary, this rhyme is so fun for learning body parts and identifying them! Just tap the rhythm on the body parts in the 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

 

Honestly, in our second storytime today, I managed to flip flop a couple verses!  Talk about storytime nightmare.  Luckily we all had a good laugh and the fun went on.  This rhyme is free enough that verses can be swapped around or you can even make up new verses if you want!

Hooray for Birds!

By Lucy Cousins

 

We LOVE this story!   For the older littles, there are actions to be done or sounds to be made on almost every page.  Younger littles will love the big, colorful illustrations and get a chance to learn different birds and their sounds or mannerisms.

 

Five Little Birds (Shelley Lovett) Flannel Board

We found this over at childcareland.com and had a lot of fun counting backwards from five with a simple story.

 

Five little birds sitting in a tree…

Can you count them with me?

1…2…3…4…5

One flew away to look for food

And then there were four

 

Four little birds sitting in a tree…

Can you count them with me?

1…2…3…4

One flew away to help build a nest

And then there were three

 

Three little birds sitting in a tree…

Can you count them with me?

1…2…3

One flew away to visit his friends

And then there were two

 

Two little birds sitting in a tree…

Can you count them with me?

1…2

One flew away to find water

And then there were two

 

One little bird sitting in a tree…

Can you count with me? 1

He flew away to get warm in the sun

and then there were none

 

No more little birds sitting in the tree

 

Soon the little birds flew back to the tree

They were all as happy as can be

Can you count them with me?

1…2…3…4…5

Five little birds sitting in a tree

 

In our storytimes today we stopped the rhyme after “No more little birds sitting in the tree.”  That length worked better for our age group.  This rhyme was very adaptable which is perfect for the baby/toddler group where we adjust on the fly a lot to suite our little listeners.

 

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

We used this song off the Rockin’ Red cd today to get our wiggles out!  The kids do an action for 8 counts, freeze for 8 counts, and then melt (drop to the floor) for 8 counts.  I have the older littles count with me as well as do the actions and they love it.  We get our littlest littles to participate by having parents bounce them for the action 8 count, hold them still and tap out the 8 count during the freeze, and then rock or sway during melt 8 count section.

 

Grumpy Bird

by Jeremy Tankard

 

A funny take on a bad mood, this book is one that  give’s the parents and kiddos a chuckle as Bird walks off his mood with good friends he meets along the way.

 

 

Shaker Eggs: I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner Band

 

Flip, Flap, Fly

by Phyllis Root

 

This story is a sweet book about mommies helping their babies but it also is a great one for working on predictions and looking for picture clues.  It is never too early to start!  At the end of each mommy and baby page, the tail of the next creature can be seen and the rhyme lends itself to be able to predict the name of that animal.  Very sweet and engaging story that allows for plenty of interaction.  *This book was my backup book today.  We didn’t ready this story at our first storytime because our friends were ready to get up and play.

 

Miss Marta