We were reading to rhythm this week in Storytime for Littles!
Opening Song: Well Hello Everybody Can You Touch Your Nose?
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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!