What We Did in Storytime: Frogs

storytime for littles_edited

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

Copy of SET LIST

Song: If You’re Ready for a Story 

51kcjPoKQmL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

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.

GUEST_3cc08570-7dc4-4b9f-8915-fb9d2518ecb7

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

Advertisements

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

What We Did in Storytime: Earth Day

storytime for littles_edited

Happy Earth Day! All of our Earth Day books were a little too old for this crowd, so today’s theme was all about plants and gardens.

SET LIST (9)

61S5yOz1mRL.jpg

Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

This is a cute book, but didn’t seem to grab the kiddos’ attention. I’d probably pass on this book if I did this theme again.

 

Flannel Board: Out in the Garden

Out in the garden
growing in the sun
Were 5 pretty flowers
and my mommy picked one!

Out in the garden
growing in the sun
Were 4 pretty flowers
and my daddy picked one!

Out in the garden
growing in the sun
Were 3 pretty flowers
and my brother picked one!

Out in the garden
growing in the sun
Were 2 pretty flowers
and my sister picked one!

Out in the garden
growing in the sun
Was 1 pretty flower
and I picked that one!

A fun little counting rhyme! I made the flowers using tulip clip art and freehanded the leaves and stems.

 

26240587

Book: Abracadabra, it’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien 

I LOVE the illustrations in this book! The fold out pages were a little different than the books we usually use for storytime, but I think it worked really well to show the change in seasons.

 

Rhyme: Be a Seed

Be a seed, small and round [cup hands]
Sprout, sprout, sprout up from the ground [with hands curled together, open them up and out]
Shake your leaves for all to see [shake hands over head]
Stretch your arms up, you’re a tree! [stretch arms over head]

Another rhyme from Jbrary. I really like this one, both that it talks about how plants grow in a simple, easy to understand way and also has stretching and shaking motions easy enough for even really young children to do.

 

What I Didn’t Use:

In My Flower by Sara Gillingham: a sweet board book with a butterfly finger puppet. I planned to use this if we were getting squirrely and needed a shorter book.

Walking, Walking: one of my favorite songs to get the wiggles out, so I pretty much always have this one in my back pocket. But everyone was feeling pretty calm today, so I skipped it in favor of sticking to the theme.

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

 

20190422_125140

Our craft today was a fun craft stick flower made out of foam pieces. If you want to try it at home, construction paper would probably work just as well. 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: 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

What We Did in Storytime: 4/8

storytime for littles_edited

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

SET LIST

Song: If You’re Ready for a Story

toot toot

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.

hooray

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

storytime for littles_edited

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