What We Did in Storytime: 10/14

Today we talked about colors, opposites, and VERY fat cats!

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OPENING SONG: If You’re Ready for a Story 

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BOOK: WOW! SAID THE OWL

A little owl stays up during the day to check out all of the amazing colors in the world around her. The large illustrations are great for little ones whose eyesight and focus are still developing.

SONG: ROLY POLY
(To the tune of Frere Jacques)

Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up. Up, up, up.
Roly roly poly, roly roly poly
Down, down, down. Down, down, down.

Roly poly, roly poly
Out, out, out. Out, out, out.
Roly roly poly, roly roly poly
In, in, in. In, in, in.

Roly poly, roly poly
Fast, fast, fast! Fast, fast, fast!
Roly roly poly, roly roly poly
Slow, slow, slow. Slow, slow, slow

Source: Jbrary

A really great song about opposites.

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BOOK: WHAT WILL FAT CAT SIT ON?

This is hands down one of my favorite storytime books. The silly humor works great for toddlers or preschoolers and the text is brief while still having a fun and engaging story.

SCARF SONG: AUTUMN LEAVES ARE FALLING DOWN

We brought out the scarves for the last song! Mid-October is a great time for this song as a way to talk about the changing seasons and the leaves turning such pretty colors.

For our craft today we made a torn paper apple craft. This is super easy to do at home. All you need is an outline of an apple (I used clipart and enlarged it), red construction paper, and glue. Tear the paper into pieces and glue it down. Tearing the paper is great for working on fine motor skills (and it’s pretty fun, too!). 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. Be sure to check back next week to see what Miss Marta did!

Miss Jessica

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

 

Interactive Picture Books

As apps and touch screens become more and more popular even with the youngest of kids, these picture books work similarly by encouraging kids to touch, turn, make faces and shake their way through the pages. Check out these 12 interactive books and turn your idea of how books work upside down too!

Press Here and Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Open Very Carefully by Nick Bromley

Warning: Do Not Open This Book by Adam Lehrhaupt

This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher

Tap to Play by Salina Yoon

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter

I Will Chomp You! by Jory John

Miss Jessica

 

If You Loved Elephant & Piggie…

I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

The Fly Flew In by David Catrow

Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

You Can Do It! by Betsy Lewin

Crab Cab by Harriet Ziefert

My Friends Make Me Happy! by Jan Thomas

Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

Miss Marta

Ice Breaker Books for kids

One of my favorite kids’ books is NAKED! by Michael Ian Black.

 

Naked! is a fun & fast paced story kids really enjoy. I read it with lots of enthusiasm and by the third naked I’m usually not alone saying, “Naked!” The illustrations are wonderful. I find this a good book for breaking the ice with kids that you have just met.  Check below for some other great books for breaking the ice with kids!

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald

The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black

I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

Let’s Go For a Drive! by Mo Willems

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere

Max at Night by Ed Vere

That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure by Refe and Susan Tuma

 

What is your favorite book for breaking the ice with new kids?

Miss Sarah