Birds – eStorytime

After one blissfully tech issue free eStorytime, it’s back to having to deal with a few.  I think it’s just a matter of doing this enough to figure out what is going wrong, so I know what to do to fix it.  But, glitches aside, this was still a great fun time!  And I had parents after asking about some of the apps — exactly what we want to happen!!

Opening Slide on Keynote:
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APP: 
Animal Sounds App 1 Animal Sounds App 2 animal sounds app 3
Animal Sounds – Fun Toddler Game by Innovative Mobile Apps/Alligator Apps
(FREE; iOS)

Before storytime I actually had a eStorytime regular asking me what the storytime was going to be about.  I used this app to have the children figure out the theme.  For this app, I turned of the mirroring function of the iPad so that you couldn’t see the images on my screen.  Then I played an animal sound, and had the children see if they could guess what it was.  (I also used this same intro for my cats eStorytime, but used a different app).

SONG:
Come Along and Sing With me Slide
Come Along and Sing with Me

I should have done this prior to doing the bird sound app, but I was so excited to start with that I forgot about our song.  I used Keynote to project the lyrics to parents.

APP:

Jerry’s Day Out! by Ink Robin ($2.99 ;iOS)

A cute story of a budgie bird who gets lost in New York, and travels all over the city to be reunited with his friends.  The kids especially loved the break dancing pigeons interaction on the app.  I really like this story, and think it would be perfect for one-on-one sharing, or with an older audience, but it may have been too long for my preschoolers.

FINGERPLAYS:
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Little Robin Redbreast
Little Robin Redbreast (make fist and join thumb & index finger)
Sitting on a rail (rest wrist on edge of other hand)
Nibble nabble goes his head (move thumb & index finger up and down)
Wiggle waggle goes his tail  (tilt wrist over other hand)

5 Little Birds
Five little birds without any home (raise left hand fingers)
Five little trees in a row (raise right hand fingers)
Come build your nest in our branches tall (interlace fingers)
We’ll rock you to and fro (sway nest gently)

APP:

Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App! by Mo Willems from Disney ($5.99 ;iOS)

I selected the Big Pigeon version of the storytelling mode, where the Bus Driver asks kids different questions and then records their answers to place in the story.  It is one of the most adorable and funny things hearing the completed story “Don’t Let the Pigeon play the Game” we created.

SONG:
If the iPad’s Disconnected
(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
song taken from Cen Campbell)

If the iPad’s disconnected clap your hands.
If the iPad’s disconnected clap your hands.
I can fix it in a minute
I just have to re-connected it.
If the iPad’s disconnected clap your hands.

MOVEMENT:
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“Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill’s Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times

APP:
 
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton from Loud Crow Interactive (iOS, Android, Nook Color; $3.99)

Reading Jerry’s Day Out!, creating our own Pigeon story, and a few technical difficulties meant this storytime was running a little longer than planned.  I changed my plan up a little bit to use this shorter story as the last element of the storytime.  It wasn’t a hardship at all, since all of Boynton’s ebooks are amazing!

SONG: “Storytime’s Over”*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 

APP: Angus the Irritable Bull from Watermark LTD (2.99; iOS)
APP: Felt Board by Software Smoothie (for two little bluebirds, or lots of other bird fingerplays (iOS: $2.99)
APP: Pete and the Secret of Flying by Apps4Kids.com (FREE; iOS)
APP: Peepers I Say, You Say… by Once Upon an App ($1.99; iOS)

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:

This was really fun, and it was especially great to have the kids work together to create a story with the Pigeon App.  Since this is my first time using that one, I would like to try it more and see what the different ways of building stories are and which works best for my groups.  This was the app that I had a parent ask about at the end of storytime as well.  I just wish there was some way to share the stories created on the app somehow – save it so I could send it to parents who participated, etc.  I’m sure it doesn’t allow this due to copyright issues.

My tech issue this time was mainly that I had issues going from iPad sound to the cd player sound.  I think I just need to make sure I have the tuner on for CD time, but make sure it is off for iPad time.  There was a mirroring issue also around this time, but the iPad’s disconnected song made everyone laugh and helped smooth things over.

ATTENDANCE: 8 people (children and adults)

*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

App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.

Underwear – Preschool Storytime

I noticed lately that there were a lot of fun books about underwear, and figured why not share some of them in storytime?  I was hesitant about the topic at first, and wondered if people would find it inappropriate.  But, I felt better when I saw that other storytime bloggers had paved the way.  Just to be on the safe side,  I checked with my supervisor before presenting it, just to make sure she would have my back in case of complaints.  Thankfully, my community is fairly open and I don’t think anyone had a problem with it (at least that they let me know).

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:

One Big Pair of Underwear
 by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

MOVEMENT: Now You’re Getting Dressed
(to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

First put on your underwear, underwear, underwear. (pretend to put on underwear)
First put on your underwear. Now you’re getting dressed.
Stick your arms up in your shirt, in your shirt, in your shirt.
Stick your arms up in your shirt.  Now you’re getting dressed.
Pull your pants up to your waist, to your waist, to your waist.
Pull your pants up to your waist.  Now you’re getting dressed.
Wiggle your toes down in your socks, in your socks, in your socks.
Wiggle your toes down in your socks.  Now you’re getting dressed.
Slip your shoes on, tie them tight, tie them tight, tie them tight.
Slip your shoes on, tie them tight.  Now you’re getting dressed
Now you can go out and play, out and play, out and play.
Now you can go out and play, You got yourself all dressed.
YES!

FLANNELBOARD:

Bear in Underwear Flannelboard 1 logo Bear in Underwear Flannelboard 3 logo Bear in Underwear Flannelboard 4 logo

To make the pieces for this flannelboard, I just blew up the Monday page from the book on the copy machine and used that as my template for the bear and for his underwear.  I told the story by putting the (naked) bear up on the flannelboard, then recited the words from the book.  At the correct time, I put the underwear on the bear.  When it was time for bear to wear a new pair of undies, I moved the old one to the bottom of the board (you can kind of see this in the second picture.)  Then I brought out the days of the week and we talked about what color underwear Bear wore each day (notice the color of the text of the days matches the color of bear’s pants).

MOVEMENT: Head, Shoulders Knees and Underwear
I sung this to the traditional tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, but just substituted the word “underwear” for “toes” or “nose”.   Thanks to Miss Sarah’s Storytime for this great idea!  It was a hit.

Head, shoulders, knees, underwear.
Knees, underwear.
Head, shoulders, knees, underwear.
Knees, underwear.
Eyes and ears and mouth and underwear.
Head, shoulders, knees, underwear.
Knees, underwear.

BOOK:

The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi from A Young Children’s Concert with Raffi

VIDEO:
 
“Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” from The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog Snowy Day… and more stories by Mo Willems based on the book by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
    

Book: Pants by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
Book: Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler (is he the underwear laureate of our time?)
Book: I’m Not a Pig in Underpants by Elwood H. Smith
Book: What Color is Your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd (I haven’t read this one yet, because we don’t have it in our system, but this flannelboard that Miss Sarah made is amazing!)
Book: Pirates Love Underpants (or Aliens… or Dinosaurs…) by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
A fun storytime, but I didn’t get quite as many giggles as I thought I might have.  I perhaps should have chosen some younger stories.  The idea of a zoo where animals wear underwear did seem pretty funny to them though.  And I really liked reading aloud One Big Pair… it has such a nice rhythm to it. “Naked Mole Rat” might have been a bit of a stretch for the video, but there aren’t a lot of good ones that I could find about underpants.  Plus, the Naked Mole Rat is wearing undies on the title page, and at the end the advertisement mentions underpants.  Good enough for me.  I need to remember to bring my bottle of water and keep it with me — my throat was getting kind of rough.

ATTENDANCE: 29 (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

Shopping at the Market – eStorytime

Something amazing happened at this storytime, dear readers.  There were no technical difficulties!  The wireless worked!  My iPad cooperated! The apps never froze!  This is all especially wonderful since our main tech guy was out today.  Hooray!

Opening Slide on Keynote:
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I was thinking about no longer using the Powerpoint slides in between my presentation, but I really like putting up the words for the fingerplays and the rhymes so parents can sing along.  Maybe just do it for when I need it?

SONG:
Come Along and Sing With me Slide
Come Along and Sing with Me

For this presentation, I actually deleted the text that says it’s to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” because I found that I kept singing it to the tune of “London Bridge”.

BOOK APP:

A Day in the Market story by May Tobias-Papa, illustrated by Isabel Roxas from Adarna house (iOS: $2.99; Android Free)

A wonderful story about a little Filipino girl and her trip to the market with her Nanay. You have to interact with the app in order to turn the page, and on some pages this can take a lot longer than others (especially the large market scene).  But, there is a lot to talk about while that is on the screen, so it didn’t feel too forced during the storytime.  Since my group was small today, I had the children tap and interact with the app during the sorting activity in the middle of the story and the cooking game at the end.  Once they touch the device though, that’s all they want to do.

FINGERPLAY:

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“Five Little Cookies in the Bakery Shop”
(I found this rhyme via the King County Library System Site.  You should really watch their video because it is adorable.)

The rhyme seemed to be a big hit with the group.

APP:
 
Toca Store by Toca Boca (iOS; $2.99)
The kids help me set up a store together, each one got to pick out a few items they wanted to sell by actually tapping the iPad (The kids came running up to do this.  It only went as well as it did because we had so few children there.)  Then I played the customer and asked the group how much each item should cost.  We counted the money together.  Parents really wanted the purse when they found it magically supplied money for items if you didn’t have enough to buy it.

MOVEMENT:
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“Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill’s Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times

PRINT BOOK:

To Market, To Market
by Anne Miranda, illustrated by Janet Stevens

APP:

Nursery Rhyme with Storytime (iOS: FREE)

We read “This Little Piggy” from this app and did it together as a fingerplay as well.

APP:
 
Dino-Store by Roger Sedarat, illustrated by Trade Loeffler, from Bluemarker. 
(iOS, FREE)

This is such a fun and funny story — and it’s free!  Leo and his father go to the grocery store and are surprised when their large eggs hatch into dinosaurs on the way home!  The interaction of the story is subtle, but funny.

APPS WE SHARED SLIDE:
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MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
  
APP: Just Grandpa and Me from Oceanhouse Media (iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle, HP TouchPad: $1.99)
APP: Five Little Monkeys go Shopping from appropos (iOS,$2.99)

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:

This was a super fun storytime.  I only wish that we got more people attending!  Those who do come, however, seem to enjoy it.  And having only a few people come does me we get to interact more, so I suppose that is the trade off.

Thanks to the wonderful category page at Digital-Storytime that helps me come up with theme and app ideas.

ATTENDANCE: 5 people (children and adults)

*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

App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.

Brr! It’s a Cold Winter – Preschool Storytime

Since I presented this storytime the day before the new season, it’s time to celebrate Winter!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Jump Up, Turn Around” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill

BOOK:

Froggy Gets Dressed
 by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

MOVEMENT:  The Winter Pokey
(to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)
(taken from Steph on Perpetual Preschool)

You put your right mitten in
You put your right mitten out
You put your right mitten in
And you shake it all about.
You do the winter pokey
And you turn yourself about
That’s what it’s all about (BRRR! BRRR!)

Other verses:
– Left mitten
– Right boot
– Left boot
– winter hat (head)
– snow suit (whole body)

FLANNELBOARD:
The Penguin Went Over the Iceberg
Penguin Went Over the Iceberg Flannelboard
(Idea from Storytime Katie)

(to tune of: “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”)
The penguin went over the iceberg
The penguin went over the iceberg
The penguin went over the iceberg
to see what he could see.
But all that he could see
But all that he could see
was the other side of the iceberg
The other side of the iceberg
The other side of the iceberg
was all that he could see.

FLANNELBOARD:
Snowball, Snowball
Snowball Snowball Flannelboard 1 logo Snowball Snowball Flannelboard 2 logo
(Idea from So Tomorrow)

Snowball, snowball
cold and round!
Behind which mitten
can you be found?
Are you behind the color mitten?

You play this one in the same way as Little Mouse, Little Mouse – by hiding the snowball behind a mitten before you start and then seeing if you can find it.  Since I had a really small group today, and they were older, I let the kids pick which mitten I should turn over.

MOVEMENT:
Cute Little Snowman
A cute little snowman                   (hold up left fist for snowman)
Had a carrot nose                        (stick out pointer finger on fist to make nose, if you want)
Along came a rabbit                     (hold up 2 fingers of right hand to make a rabbit)
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little rabbit                (move the right hand closer to the left hand)
Looking for his lunch
Ate that snowman’s carrot nose
nibble, nibble, crunch.                (lightly pinch left pointer finger or fist with right hand)

 

BOOK:

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

MOVEMENT: Watch the Snowflakes
(to tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Watch the snowflakes, watch the snowflakes
Floating down, floating down
Oh so very slowly, oh so very slowly
All the way down
to the ground.

VIDEO:

“The Snowy Day” from The Snowy Day… and more Ezra Jack Keats stories based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 

Book: One- Dog Sleigh by Mary Casanova, pictures by Ard Hoyt
Book:Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
Book: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, pictures by Mark Buehner
Book: A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann

Flannelboard: The Mitten based on the book by Jan Brett

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
This was a fun storytime, but a very small one — I only had 7 people there!  I think with the holidays, it was just slower.  I wish I had had an older age flannelboard ready to go for this one (probably The Mitten), but they seemed to like Snowball, Snowball since they got to participate.

ATTENDANCE: 7 (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

Snow – Toddler Storytime

It it precipitating here today, but it’s not cold enough to snow.  (Is it ever?)

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

BOOK:

One Mitten
 by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith

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

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Snowflakes flannelboard logo cropped
10 Snowflakes

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Little Snowpals
Five Little Snowpals logo cropped
from Felt Board Fingerplays  by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell

Five little snowpals standing in a row.
Each has a hat and big red bow.
Out came the sun and it shone all day.
Until one little snowpal melted away.

Repeat with 4…3…2..1 snowpals

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

Pip & Squeak
 by Ian Schoenherr

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

VIDEO:
Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles DVD
“Snow” from Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles and Other Stories

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
   

Book: Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Book: Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
Book: The First Snowfall by Anne & Harlow Rockwell
Book: A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann
Book: A Winter Day by Douglas Florian

HOW IT WENT:

There were no AV issues today, so that helped get things off to a good start.  I have had Pip & Squeak on my lists for a while as a possible toddler book, I am glad that I tried it out today — it worked really well.  I would use it again in the future.

I think it would also be fun to get those fake snowballs that I’ve seen around and do some kind of activity with those during storytime.  Though it does say that those are for ages 3 and up, so maybe not.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  27 people      11 am: 24 people

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

Snow – Infant Storytime

Since this was the last storytime of the Fall session, it seemed fitting to finish things up with a winter theme of snow.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Roly Poly Roly Poly*
Ride a Little Pony*
I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*
In the toaster*

(At the end of the storytime session I like to do a refresher of all the bounces we’ve done to keep them fresh in parents’ minds.)

BOOK:

Oh!
 words by Kevin Henkes, pictures by Laura Dronzek

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Build a Snowman
Build a Snowman Flannelboard 1 logo cropped Build a Snowman Flannelboard 2 logo cropped(Another one that I cannot remember where I found it.  It was on page 61 of the book though, and the pattern was on page 77…)

(Original Rhyme)
First the body
And then the head.
A stovepipe hat
and a scarf of red.
Pebbles for eyes
And a carrot nose
A mouth made of raisins
In two smiling rows.

(ok, so right before storytime I checked my pieces and found that I had lost the tiny circles that I use for the raisins.  I quickly changed the poem to this:)
First the body
And then the head.
A stovepipe hat
and a scarf of red.
Pebbles for eyes
And a carrot nose
Twigs for arms,
placed just so.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:

Sleepy Bear
 by Lydia Dabcovich

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*
Slowly, Slowly Very Slowly Goes the Garden Snail*
These are Baby’s Fingers*

(Like the bounces, I give the tickles a review at the end of the session.)

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Baa Baa Black Sheep
BaaBaaBlackSheepFlannelboard
(Patterns taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)

Baa Baa black sheep, Have you any wool?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full.
One for the master,
And one for the dame.
One for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Baa Baa black sheep, Have you any wool?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full.

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

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

HOW IT WENT:

It was a nice storytime, and a good way to finish up the session.  I had caregivers asking if I would make the bounces and rhymes available, so that’s always a good sign, when they want to continue at home.

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (It was raining, so I think some people stayed away.)

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