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?

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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

 

 

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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

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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: 5/6

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Song: If You’re Ready for a Story

Book: You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

I came across this book elsewhere and decided to use it for storytime. A sweet, gentle story about the different ways we look out for each other.

Song: Mama’s Sleeping (shaker egg song)
To the tune of Skip to My Lou

Mama’s sleeping, don’t wake her up (shake eggs quietly)
Mama’s sleeping, don’t wake her up
Mama’s sleeping, don’t wake her up
We must be very quiet

Wake up Mama, we want to play! (shake eggs loudly)
Wake up Mama, we want to play!
Wake up Mama, we want to play!
Let’s be very noisy!

(Repeat with baby)

Everybody loves going from shaking their eggs quietly to shaking AS LOUD AS WE CAN!!

Book: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

One of my favorite storytime books! A very silly story about a very fat cat and the animals scared he’s going to sit on them. Jan Thomas’s large, bright illustrations make it even better.

Song: 10 Little Fingers 
I have 1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hands

They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
10 little fingers on my hands

This song is a new one for me, and unfortunately I forgot to keep track of where I found it. I think it went well though and I will likely use it again.

What I Didn’t Use:

Book: Will Bear Share? by Hilary Leung

Song: Hands are Clapping
To the tune of Skip to My 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!

Our craft this week was a rain cloud. I slightly altered the instructions from this blog to make them individual clouds instead of a mobile and used a cloud clip art I found online. 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: Earth Day

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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.

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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