Chickens – Toddler Storytime

Chick-chick hooray!  Chickens was the theme of our last storytime of the Summer session.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

This Little Chick by John Lawrence

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING SONG:*
10 chickens flannelboard cropped logo
10 Chickens

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Little Chickens
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(Patterns and poem taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.  I think.  It’s not cited, so I have to double-check.  )

 

Said the first little chicken, with a queer little squirm,
“I wish I could find a fat little worm.”

Said the second little chicken, with an odd little shrug,
“I wish I could find a fat little bug.”

Said the third little chicken, with a sharp little squeal,
“I wish I could find some nice yellow meal.”

Said the fourth little chicken, with a sigh of grief,
“I wish I could find a little green leaf.”

Said the fifth little chicken, with a faint little moan,
“I wish I could find a wee gravel stone.”

“Now see here,” said the mother, from the green garden patch,
“If you want any breakfast, just come here and SCRATCH!”

Start with mother hen on one side of the flannelboard, near the garden. (My garden patch is brown instead of green.  Note to self: read entire story before making flannel pieces.  Must remake.) Make slits in the garden where you can put the things the chicks are looking for.  Add each chick when you get to it.  Then after you’ve read the poem, see if the children can remember which chick wanted which treat, and match them up accordingly.

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Grandma’s Spectacles*

BOOK:

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:

“Diva Hen” from Little Bear’s Band

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Five Little Chicks by Nancy Tafuri
Book: Here a Chick, Where a Chick? by Suse MacDonald
Book: Wee Little Chick by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by John Butler
Book: The Red Hen by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
Book: Little Chicken’s Big Day by Katie Davis and Jerry Davis
DVD: “Rosie’s Walk” from Chicka Chick Boom Boom …and lots more learning fun

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime.  Since it was the last one of the session, and kids can usually settle down for the movie, I decided to do Everyone Ready for fun? which is a fun interactive book that gets the kids jumping up and down.  It worked really well.  Jan Thomas books are great.

As noted above, I really do need to remake my hill for the Five Little Chickens flannelboard so that it is green — not just because that is what is mentioned in the poem, but also because it will stand out better on our black flannelboard.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  37 people      11 am: 34 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

Chickens – Infant Storytime

We finished up our Summer Infant Storytime session with a clucking good storytime about chickens.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCES: Ride a Little Pony*
In the Toaster*
Roly Poly*

BOOK:

Pepo and Lolo are Friends
 by Ana Martín Larrañaga.

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Eggs and 5 Eggs
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Template and Rhyme taken from Storytime Katie who got it from Mel’s Desk

Five eggs and five eggs
(Add a clutch of eggs each time you say “five eggs”)
And that makes ten
Sitting on top
(Add the hen)
Is Mother Hen
Crackle crackle crackle
(Clap hands as you say Cackle!)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens
(Flip over each clutch of eggs.)
Yellow as can be.

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman. 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Chick by Ed Vere

TICKLES: Round and Round the Garden*
Slowly Slowly Very Slowly*

SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Hickety Pickety My Black Hen
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Flannelboard pattern taken from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Hickety pickety, my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
Gentlemen come every day
To see what my black hen doth lay.
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten,
Hickety, pickety, my black hen.
Recite the rhyme once.  Then place either 9 or 10 eggs on the flannelboard.  Count the eggs with the audience to see how many the black hen laid today.  Then repeat the rhyme once more.
TICKLES: Chicken in the Barnyard*
These are Baby’s Fingers*
MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
PepoandLoloRedApple
Book: Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martín Larrañaga
Book: This Little Chick by John Lawrence
Book: Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

HOW IT WENT:
I was surprised that I didn’t find more great chicken books to use with infants.  This was probably because I was all about the last-minute planning this session.  Do you know of any other great chicken books I could use for this age group?

This was my first time reading Vere’s Chick, and I was a little concerned that some parents might not like the fact that the book mentions poop.  But I figured, these are parents of infants, they deal with poop everyday.  If anyone would understand about little ones pooping, it would be them.  And no one said anything about it.

Since this was my last storytime of the Summer Session, I like reviewing all the different bounces and tickles that we did throughout our ten weeks together.

ATTENDANCE: 31 people

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

Bedtime – Toddler Storytime

We got nice and snuggly with this sleepy storytime!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Bedtime Bunnies
 by Wendy Watson

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Sheep Flannelboard cropped logo
10 Sheep

FLANNELBOARD:
5 in the Bed
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Template and song taken from Making Learning Fun

There were five in the bed,
and the little one said,
“It’s crowded!
Roll Over!”
So they all rolled over
And one fell out.

How many were in the bed now?
That’s right!   4!
There were four in the bed…

**Continue counting down until…

There was one in the bed
and the little one said

“I’m Lonely!”
So all the others climbed back into bed.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
And everyone drifted off to sleep.
Goodnight!

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Grandma’s Spectacles*

BOOK:
Tuck Me In by Hacohen
Tuck Me In!
 by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:

“Four Beds” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Nighttime

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: No Bed Without Ted by Nicola Smee
Book: Brownie and Pearl Hit the Hay by Cynthia Rylant, pictures by Brian Biggs
Book: I’m Not Sleepy! by Jonathan Allen
Book: Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
Flannelboard: 10 Teddy Bears (for counting song)
Flannelboard: 10 Teddy Bears Sleeping in the Bed
Other Ideas from my http://jeninthelibrary.com/2012/11/10/bedtime-storybox/

HOW IT WENT:
Sleep is a fun theme.  And there are so many great books for toddlers on the topic!

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  40 people      11 am: 40 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

Bedtime – Infant Storytime

Even though we have Infant Storytime early in the morning, it’s still never too early to share bedtime books.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Roly Poly*

BOOK:

Little Sleepyhead
 by Elizabeth McPike and Patrice Barton

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
5 in the Bed
5 in the Bed Flannelboard cropped logo
Template and song taken from Making Learning Fun

There were five in the bed,
and the little one said,
“It’s crowded!
Roll Over!”
So they all rolled over
And one fell out.

How many were in the bed now?
That’s right!   4!
There were four in the bed…

**Continue counting down until…

There was one in the bed
and the little one said

“I’m Lonely!”
So all the others climbed back into bed.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
And everyone drifted off to sleep.
Goodnight!

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman. 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

The Going to Bed Book
 by Sandra Boynton
(I used the larger Lap Sized board book so that everyone could see the pictures.)

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Little Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep Flannelboard 1 Little Bo Peep Flannelboard 2
Flannelboard pattern taken from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
and doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone,
And they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them.
Recite the rhyme once, then ask the children if they can find Little Bo Peep’s sheep.  Lift up the bushes to reveal the sheep, and then recite the rhyme once more.
BOOK:

Wild! Bedtime by Courtney Dicmas
MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Tuck Me In by Hacohen 
Book: Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt
Book: Sleepy Kittens by Jill and Martin Leman
Book: Goodnight, My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri

HOW IT WENT:
When I saw the book Little Sleepyhead, I knew I wanted to incorporate it into an infant storytime.  I think it worked pretty well!  Since The Going to Bed Book was so short, I’m glad I had Wild! Bedtime to use as an additional story.  I always feel like we do so much in Infant storytime, yet it still feels hard to fill up 20 minutes!

ATTENDANCE: 25 people

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

Buses – Toddler Storytime

Buses seemed like a fun change from some of the usual transporation theme I do.  Especially because some of the newer books on this topic work great with toddlers!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

The Bus is for Us!
 by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Buses Flannelboard logo cropped
10 Buses

FLANNELBOARD:
Wheels on the Bus
Wheels on the Bus flannelboard logo cropped
Template and song taken from Felt Board Fingerplays
by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell.  Pieces inspired bySouthCentralFlannelboardFactory.

The wheels on the bus go round and round, (roll arms in front of body, fist over fist)
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.

Other verses:
The wipes on the bus go swish, swish, swish… (move arms back and forth like wipers)
The door on the bus goes open and shut…  (palms facing out, move hands apart then together)
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep… (pretend to be pushing on a horn)
The windows on the bus go up and down… (palms toward you, hands horizontal, move apart, then together)
The babies on the bus go waa, waa, waa… (fists up to eyes and twist)
The parents on the bus go shh, shh, shh… (finger in front of lips)

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Grandma’s Spectacles*

BOOK:

The Bus Stop 
by Janet Morgan Stoeke

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:

“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus … and more stories by Mo Willems (The Mo Willems Cartoon Collection Vol. 1)

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: The Little School Bus by Carol Roth, illustrated by Pamela Paparone (may need to do some editing to make it shorter for toddlers, but this would also make a cute flannelboard story)
Book: My Bus by Byron Bartonl
Book: The Seals on the bus by Lenny Hort, illustrated by g. Brian Karas (also Storytime Katie has a great version of this as a flannelboard)
Book: The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera
Book: Don’t Squish the Sasquatch! by Kent Redeker and Bob Staake
Flannelboard: The Lonely Bus Driver from Read, Rhyme and Sing

HOW IT WENT:
Buses was a great topic to use for storytime.  I’m surprised I haven’t done a bus storytime prior to this!  The kids seemed to get excited about the theme, and that’s always fun when that happens.  In the 10am storytime, we also had some older sibling present, which was good when it came to the movie — the older ones said “No” to the pigeon much louder.

I was also thinking I could probably just do a storytime all around the different variant of The Wheels on the Bus.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  31 people      11 am: 40 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

Buses – Infant Storytime

I’d noticed a few new books coming in about buses for younger ones, so I thought I would try that out for this week’s storytime theme

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Roly Poly*

BOOK:

The Bus is for Us!
 by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Gillian Tyler

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
Wheels on the Bus
Wheels on the Bus flannelboard logo cropped
Template and song taken from Felt Board Fingerplays
by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell.  Pieces inspired by SouthCentralFlannelboardFactory.

The wheels on the bus go round and round, (roll arms in front of body, fist over fist)
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.

Other verses:
The wipes on the bus go swish, swish, swish… (move arms back and forth like wipers)
The door on the bus goes open and shut…  (palms facing out, move hands apart then together)
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep… (pretend to be pushing on a horn)
The windows on the bus go up and down… (palms toward you, hands horizontal, move apart, then together)
The babies on the bus go waa, waa, waa… (fists up to eyes and twist)
The parents on the bus go shh, shh, shh… (finger in front of lips)

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman. 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

My Bus
 by Byron Barton

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

SONG: “Babies Little Self” from the album Here I Am! by Caspar Babypants

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Humpty Dumpty
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Flannelboard pattern taken from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: The Wheels on the Bus by Penny Dann

HOW IT WENT:
Buses was a fun theme!  When I used The Bus is for Us I did paperclip one stanza of the book together so that it didn’t run too long.

ATTENDANCE: 32 people

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

Beach – Preschool Storytime

This week I was presenting infant, toddler, and preschool storytimes.  I decided to use the same theme – the beach – for each one.  I tried to keep things fresh with the preschool storytime by choosing some different books.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill

BOOK:

Penguin on Vacation
 by Salina Yoon

MOVEMENT:
Sand Castle
Sand castle on the beach,
I built you big and strong (raise arms high)
A wave washed in upon the sand.
Whoosh! You were gone (swing hands down, then up)
(taken from PreK Fun)

FLANNELBOARD:
Fish with the Deep Sea Smile
Fish with the Deep Sea Smile Flannelboard logo cropped
(poem by Margaret Wise Brown, patterns and poem taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.)

MOVEMENT: “This is the Way We Play at the Beach”
(to tune of: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

This is the way we play at the beach
Play at the beach, play at the beach
This is the way we play at the beach
On a hot sunny day.

Other verses:
This is the way we dig in the sand…
This is the way we play in the surf…
This is the way we lie in the sun…
Any other activity that your audience comes up with!
(taken from PreK Fun)

BOOK:

Beach Day! by Patricia Lakin, pictures by Scott Nash

MOVEMENT: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” from Walt Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3

VIDEO:

“Getting Crabby at the Beach” from Max and Ruby: Perfect Pumpkin

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
  

Book: Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester
Book: Sea, Sand, Me by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Flannelboard: The Waves at the Beach

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I was worried that since I was planning this a little last minute I wouldn’t find enough good beach books for preschoolers.  But everything turned out fine.  Yay!

ATTENDANCE: 28 (adults and children)

*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page