Outer Space – eStorytime

I’ve been a little slow in blogging about my estorytimes this summer.  So here’s the one I presented on July 8th.  I’m considering it a posting success since I’m getting it done before the end of the month!

Opening Slide on Keynote:
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SONG:
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Welcome Song

APP:
Squiggles App 1APP - Squiggles Logo
Lazoo: Squiggles! (iOS, free)
(This may now be available as part of the Lazoo Art Box, iOS, $1.99)

Each child got a chance to draw a squiggle behind a rocket to help blast off into space!  (Ok, well, to blast us off into a storytime about space, anyway.)

eBook/APP:
Monster Socks app 1App - Monster Socks logo Monster Socks app 2Monster Socks app 3

Monster’s Socks (iOS, Android; $1.99)
created by Jordan Stone and Martin Hughes, music by Bob Schneider

Monster’s Socks have run away and he sets out on an epic quest to find them, that leads him through fields, over water, and into space.

This is an interesting app, because instead of page turns, you walk Monster through his adventure.  Whenever Monster comes across a yellow circle, the text of the story appears.  It’s a fun and engaging tale, and since my group was a little older this time it seemed to work pretty well (it’s a bit long).

MOVEMENT:
Rocket
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I’m a rocket on the ground  (crouch down on ground).
Waiting quietly without a sound (say softly and put finger to lips)
Light this fuse on my little toe  (wiggle little toe, or point finger at toe).
Ready for blastoff, here I go!  (Put hands over head to form rocket point).
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1  (Jump into air)
Whooosh!

(rhyme taken from SLC Book Boy)


PRINT BOOK:
Zoom Rocket Zoom by MayoSlide4
Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! by Margaret Mayo, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

APP:
 Felt Board App - If You're Going to the Moon 1Felt Board app Logo
Felt Board from Software Smoothie ($2.99; iOS)
I used Felt Board to recreate this rhyme taken from Mel’s Desk via Falling Flannelboards

If You’re Going to the Moon
(to tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It)
Felt Board App - If You're Going to the Moon 2
If you’re going to the moon, wear your spacesuit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your spacesuit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon, wear your spacesuit (ziiiiip)

Other Verses:
Felt Board App - If You're Going to the Moon 3

…wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
Felt Board App - If You're Going to the Moon 4
…wear your helmet (pat head, pat head)
Felt Board App - If You're Going to the Moon 5
wear your gloves (clap, clap)
…are you ready and dressed? (say, “Oh yes!”)

I was so excited that Felt Board had all the pieces I needed to turn this rhyme into a digital flannelboard story!  I started with just the woman on the space background, then added the different pieces of clothing as we got to those.  Ok, sure the spacesuit had gloves and boots connected to it, but we jazzed things up a bit using a different color.  Fun!

Song/Movement:
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

APP:
Sweet Dreams Mo App 1Sweet Dreams Mo App logo
Sweet Dreams Mo App 4 Sweet Dreams Mo App 3 Sweet Dreams Mo App 2  

Sweet Dreams Mo from StoryToys (iOS; $2.99)

Mo can’t sleep without his friends!  So he voyages into space to bring them home.

A charming bedtime story app, this one was fun because each of the kids in the audience got to take a turn tapping at the different plants where Mo’s friend’s are hiding.  I thought this one might take too long when I tried it on my own, but it seemed to work really well with the group.

MOVEMENT: “Storytime’s Over”*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Space Explorer App logo Twinkle Twinkle Little Star App logo

APP: Sago Mini Space Explorer (iOS, Android, Kindle; $2.99)
APP: Twinkle Twinkle from SuperSimple Learning (iOS, $2.99)

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:
This was my largest eStorytime yet!  I had a summer school group come in.  At first I was worried that not everyone would get to touch and tap along with the stories, but it worked out really well.  I was also glad that the group was a bit older, since both the book apps I chose to use were on the longer side.

I did learn an important lesson — make sure your iPad (or other tablet device) has enough space on it to run the apps properly.  Since I’ve been working on eStorytimes for a while I’ve collected quite a few apps, and they are taking up precious memory on my device.  I think that’s why my iPad froze TWICE! during this storytime.  The first time we sang the “If You’re iPad’s disconnected song”.  The next time was during our last story, and it didn’t look like things were going to unfreeze early enough to make it worthwhile.  Lesson learned.  Time to delete!  Also future self: buy more memory than you think you need!

One of the best parts of this storytime was afterward, I had a parent there who asked me about the apps I used.  She said that she was a teacher and that she really liked what I had done with those, and wanted to try something similar with her students.  It made me feel like a real media mentor, and in the best way — but do no explicit teaching, but just by showing an example of what this technology can be.

ATTENDANCE: 18 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

Please note: App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. All prices taken from the iOS app price.  There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.

Special thanks to Digital Storytime for their app reviews by subject, that make putting together a themed eStorytime much easier.

Don’t & Never: Things You Shouldn’t Do – Preschool Storytime

I was looking through our new books, and realized that it seemed like there were a lot of ones coming out about things that shouldn’t happen or you should never do. I decided to use this as inspiration and came up with a new theme that I was pretty excited about, and presented this storytime last week.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:
When Your Elephant Comes to Play by Barba
When Your Elephant Comes to Play by Ale Barba

SONG/MOVEMENT: “Can’t Sit Still” by The Brian Waite Band from Can’t Sit Still

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

FLANNELBOARD:
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing Flannelboard nameAnimals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Barrett
based on the book writte by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett.  Flannelboard inspired by Dana’s Hats Off to You Storytime on jbrary

I didn’t have time to make all the animals featured in the book, so I’m missing the pig and the sheep.

 

BOOK:
Don't Copy Me by Allen
Don’t Copy Me! by Jonathan Allen

VIDEO:
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late DVD
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!” from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!… and more stories by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Don't Squish the Sasquatch Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Willems That is Not a good idea by willems Don't Wake Up Mama by Christelow Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Ireland Don't by Trochatos Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food by Shea Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by HicksNever Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner by Edwards Don't Laugh Joe by KaszaDon't Slam the Door by Chaconas

Book:Don’t Squish the Sasquatch by Kent Redeker, illustrated by Bob Staake
Book (or DVD): Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Book: That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Book: Don’t Wake Up Mama! (also called Five Little Monkeys Bake a Cake) by Eileen Christelow
Book: Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karin Ireland, illustrated by David Catrow
Book: Don’t by Litsa Trochatos, illustrated by Virginia Johnson (this one is a board book, but I think it’s large enough that it would work in a storytime)
Book: Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don’t Play with Your Food by Bob Shea
Book: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks, illustrated by Sue Hendra
Book: Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner by Gareth Edwwards & Guy Parker-Rees
Book: Don’t Laugh, Joe! by Keiko Kasza
Book: Don’t Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

HOW IT WENT:

This was a fun theme for a storytime, and I like that there are enough books to repeat the theme without using the same titles.

ATTENDANCE: 46 (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

Swimming – Toddler Storytime

It’s hot here in the summer, and so doing a storytime about swimming felt like the coolest thing to do.  Especially since I don’t have a pool.

SONG: Welcome Song

MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” by Kathy Reid-Naiman from Sally Go ‘Round the Sun: Songs and rhymes from the parent-child Mother Goose program

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
Elephants Swim by Riley
Elephants Swim by Linda Capus Riley, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Whales Flannelboard Name
10 Whales

FLANNELBOARD:
Fish Swimming in the Ocean Flannelboard
Fish Swimming in the Water
Idea and Song taken from “All the Fish” by Caspar Babypants on I Found You!

(start with 1 fish on the board)I
One little fish is swimming in the water, (put palms together, make hands swim)
swimming in the water,
swimming in the water.
One little fish is swimming in the water.
Bubble (wiggle fingers up)
Bubble (wiggle fingers up higher)
Bubble (wiggle fingers up higher)
Pop! (clap hands overhead as you say Pop)

Repeat by adding or taking away fish as you’d like.

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

BOOK:
Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Rylant
Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant, pictures by Brian Biggs

VIDEO:
Peppa Pig Cold Winter Day DVD
“Swimming” from Peppa Pig Cold Winter Day

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Maisy Learns to Swim by Cousins Swim Duck Swim by Lurie Playtime Maisy DVD

Book: Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins
Book: Swim, Duck, Swim! by Susan Lurie, photographs by Murray Head
DVD: “Pool” from Play Time Maisy

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Flannel Friday! Five Swimming Fishies from My Storytime Life
Flannelboard Flashback: CSLP 2010 from Storytime Katie

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Yay for swimming!   Reading Elephants Swim was a lot of fun because we acted out how the different animals interact with water.  It did seem a little big long, so I shorted it, but I still think it worked really well.  I loved our flannelboard song – while I just sang a capella to the melody of the Caspar Babypants song, it’s really worth a listen.  I first learned of that one when I was planning for a dance program.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  46 people      11 am: 49 people

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

Swimming – Infant Storytime

I love Anna McQuinn’s books about Lola and Leo, so when I saw our library had received a new title, I knew that was going to be my storytime theme for today!  This is a one-off because I was just filling in for a co-worker.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” by Kathy Reid-Naiman from Sally Go ‘Round the Sun: Songs and rhymes from the parent-child Mother Goose program

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

BOOK:
Leo Can Swim by McQuinn
Leo Can Swim
 by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Ruth Hearson

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Little Duck
Little Duck Flannelboard name
Idea taken from Scott, Barbara A.  1,000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes: A Sourcebook and DVD. New York: Neal-Schuman. 2010.

(to the tune of “London Bridge”)

Little duck goes “Quack, quack, quack, (make quacking motion with hands)
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack.”
Little duck goes “Quack, quack, quack.”
Swimming all day long

Other verses:
With her feet she paddle, paddle, paddles… (paddle hands)
With her tail she goes swish, swish, swish… (swish bottom)

Before singing the verses, I talked about the different parts of the duck that did each movement.

 


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

BOOK:
Who can Swim by Braun
Who Can Swim?
 by Sebastien Braun

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

TICKLE: Round the World*

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:
At the Pool by Stanley

Book: At the Pool / Vamos a la piscina by Mandy Stanley (I thought this one might make a good flannelboard too, to talk about all the different things you can see at the pool).

HOW IT WENT:
This was a good storytime.  There were not too many great books for infants that fit this theme, but I really enjoyed the ones that I did find, so I think it worked out well.

ATTENDANCE: 27 people

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

Let’s Dance – Storybox

My library system has one central location and 9 branches.  To make storytime programming easier for all involved, we use storyboxes.  These are “storytimes in a box”.  They contain everything a storyteller would need for a successful storytime including books, videos, fingerplays and crafts.  Ideally, there should be enough variety that the box can be used for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and lower elementary ages.   The boxes are routed from branch to branch so that each week a branch has a different storytime ready to go.  You don’t have to use the storyboxes, but they are there as an option when you need them.

Let’s Dance!

BOOKS:
Dancing in My Bones by AndrewsHow Do You Wokka-Wokka by BluemleDuck Sock Hop by Kohuth

Dancing in My Bones
 by Sylvia Andrews, illustrated by Ellen Mueller
How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illustrated by Jane Porter

Dow by the Cool of the Pool by Mitton Brontorina by Howe Wiggle by Cronin
Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton, pictures by Guy Parker-Rees
Brontorina by James Howe, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin, art by Scott Menchin

Dancing Feet by CraigSailorBoyJigbyBrownGiant Dance Party by Bird
Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird, illustrated by Brandon Dorman

DanceWithMeSmithLet's Dance Grandma by McMullen Rain Dance by AppeltDance with Me by Charles R. Smith, Jr., illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Let’s Dance Grandma! written and illustrated by Nigel McMullen
Rain Dance by Kathi Appelt, pictures by Emilie Chollat

Rupert Can Dance by Feiffer Catty Jane Who Loved to Dance by GorbachevBea at Ballet by Isadora
Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer
Catty Jane Who Loved to Dance by Valeri Gorbachev
Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora

Barn Dance by Hutchins Deer Dancer by Ray Baby Danced the Polka by BeaumontBarn Dance! by Pat Hutchins
Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont, pictures by Jennifer Plecas

Rap a Tap Tap Here's Bojangles Think of That by Dillon Hilda must be dancing I Got the Rhythm by Schofield-MorrisonRap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That! by Leo & Diane Dillon
Hilda Must Be Dancing! by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Suzanne Watts
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison

How Can You Dance by Walton My Friend Maya Loves to Dance Zombelina by CrowHow Can You Dance? by Rick Walton and Ana López-Escrivá
My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson, illustrated by Eric Valasquez
Zombelina by Kristyn Crow, illustrated by Molly Idle

FLANNELBOARDS:

5 Ballet Dancers
5 Ballet Dancers Storybox Type name
(I know there are 6 dancers in the picture – I made one extra in case.)  I had made me a version of this flannelboard and it was colored in pellon.  I didn’t want to put my originals in the storybox in case they got lost or some pieces went missing, so I color photo-copied the pieces, cut them out, laminated them, and then put felt on the back.  I was suprised at how well it worked!)

Five ballet dancers
Prancing on their toes
They twirl and spin and jump
Then off the stage one goes.

4 ballet dancers…
3 ballet dancers…
2 ballet dancers…

One ballet dancer
Prancing on his/her toes
S/He twirls and spins and jumps
Then off the stage s/he goes.

No more dancers!  The performance is over.
And what do we do at the end of a performance?
We applaud!  (clap)

(taken from Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artslit/dancing.pdf)

(Loyal readers may recognize this set from some I had made earlier.  I have my own personal version of this flannelboard that I made out of pellon and colored with crayon.  I didn’t want to put my originals in the storybox in case they got lost or some pieces went missing, so I color photo-copied the pieces, cut them out, laminated them, and then put felt on the back.  I was surprised at how well it worked!)

Wee Red Shoes: Dance Edition
Wee Red Shoes - Dance Edition Storybox Flannelboard version name - Copy

Once there were some wee red shoes.  They lived in a shoe shop.  They lived there a long time.  “This is no fun,” said one wee red shoe.  “I want to dance,” said the other wee red shoes.  So they danced out of the shoe shop.  They danced down the street: tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a hen.  “Stop!” called Hen.  “I want to wear you.”  She jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now scratch!” said Hen.  “We cannot scratch,” said wee red shoes.  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Hen.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a duck.  “Stop!” called Duck.  “I want to wear you.”  She jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now swim!” said Duck.  “We cannot swim,” said wee red shoes.  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Hen.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a dog.  “Stop!” called Dog.  “I want to wear you.”  He jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now run!” said dog.  “We cannot run,” said wee red shoes.  “And, anyway, you need four shoes.  There are only two of us!”  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Dog.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a young girl.  She was barefoot.  She was crying.  The little red shoes jumped on the girl’s feet.  She looked down and saw the shoes.  She stopped crying.

“Will you wear us?”  asked the wee red shoes.  “We will dance for you.”

“Will you dance in class?” asked the girl. “I have a lot to learn.”

“Yes!” answered the wee red shoes.  “We will dance and help you learn every day.”

“Oh, thank you, thank you!” said the girl.  “Now I can take dance lessons!”

The wee red shoes were happy.  The young girl was happy.   And away they went to dance class – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

(adapted from: Anderson, Paul S.  Story Telling with the Flannel Board: Book One.  Art work by Miss Irene Francis.  T.S. Denison & Co: Minneapolis, Minn.  1962. Pg 67-69.)


MOVEMENT, SONGS, AND FINGERPLAYS:

Tommy Thumbs
Tommy thumbs are up, (thumbs up)
Tommy thumbs are down. (thumbs down)
Tommy thumbs are dancing,  (move thumbs up and down)
All around the town.
Dance them on your shoulders, (tap thumbs on shoulders)
Dance them on your head, (tap thumbs on head)
Dance them on your knees, (tap thumbs on knee)
And tuck them into bed. (tuck thumbs under opposite arms)

Put your two arms up,
And put your two arms down.
Make your two arms do
A dance around the town.
Straighten them in front,
And straighten them in back,
Bend them to the sides,
And now you lay them flat.

(from: Northport-East Northport Public Library: http://www.nenpl.org/childrens/bibliographies/titles/rhymes.php)

Penny Thumbkin
Penny Thumbkin upstairs, (move thumbs upward)
Penny Thumbkin down, (move thumbs below shoulders)
Penny Thumbkin dancing (dance thumbs)
All around the town.

Dancing on my shoulders (dance thumbs on shoulders)
Dancing on my head (dance thumbs on head)
Dancing on my knees now (dance thumbs on knees)
Tuck them into bead (tuck thumbs under arms)

Other verses:
Pointer finger, tall finger, ring finger, pinky finger, Family (all fingers)

(From Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.)

Dancing Sheep
Shhh!  It’s time to go to sleep
  (put finger to mouth, pretend to sleep)
But into my bedroom one sheep creeps.
  (creep fingers)

“Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said.
“I would rather dance instead!”

Soon he was…  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
  (move hands above head in “dancing” motion)
He was dancing on the floor!
  (move hands on floor as mentioned above)
He was dancing on the window!
  (move hands to one side)
He was dancing on the door!
  (move hands to other side)

He kept on…

Dancing on the ceiling!
  (sing faster)
He was dancing on the floor!
He was dancing on the window!
He was dancing on the door!
(repeat several times getting faster each time through)

“Stop that dancing, silly sheep.
It is time to go to sleep!”

Soon the sheep lay on the floor.
Soon the sheep began to snore.

So I started …  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
I was dancing on the floor!
I was dancing on the window!
I was dancing on the door!

(from: Dailey, Susan M.  http://www.susanmdailey.com/fingerplays.html   You can hear the song at this website: http://www.susanmdailey.com/Dancing_Sheep.mp3 )

Busy Fingers
This is the way my fingers stand,
Fingers stand, fingers stand,
This is the way my fingers stand
So early in the morning.
This is the way they dance about,
Dance about, dance about
This is the way they dance about
So early in the morning.
This is the way I fold my hands,
Fold my hands, fold my hands
This is the way I fold my hands,
So early in the morning.
This is the way they go to sleep,
Go to sleep, go to sleep
This is the way they go to sleep
So early in the morning.

(from: Canton Public Library.  https://www.cantonpl.org/youth/parents/poems/fingerplays/s-z )

Dance Thumbkin Dance
Dance, thumbkin, dance!
(hold thumb upward in a closed right fist)
Dance, thumbkin, dance!
Thumbkin cannot dance alone,
So dance, my merry men, every one,
(Hold up left hand fingers in motion)
And dance, thumbkin, dance!
(Thumb joins in movement)

Dance, foreman, dance!
(Close right hand,
point pointer finger upward,
hand still remain in position)

Dance, foreman, dance!
Foreman cannot dance alone,
So dance, my merry men, ev’ry one,
(Hold up left hand fingers in motion)

Dance, Pointer, dance…
Dance, Middleman, dance…
Dance, Ringman, dance….
Dance, Littleman, dance….
(taken from Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artslit/dancing.pdf)

Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed

(taken from Storytime Katie: http://storytimekatie.com/songs-rhymes/master-list/ )

The Hokey Pokey
Put your right hand in, put your right hand out
Put your right hand in, and you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about.
Put your left hand in…
Put your right foot in…
Put your left foot in…
Put your head in…
Put your whole self in…

Who Wants to Dance?
Who wants to dance? Who wants to dance?
Let me show you how to get, get, get down.
Who wants to dance? Who wants to dance?
Let me show you how to get, get, get down.

Everybody wash the windows…
Everybody drive the car…
Everybody do the swim…
Everybody climb the rope…

(from  Songs for Teaching.  http://www.songsforteaching.com/specialeducation/dancetherapy/whowantstodance.htm )

Dancing Bears
In the forest, when the moon is bright,
(whump, whump, whump)
All the bears go dancing in the light,
(thump, thump, thump)
‘Round a circle they do go,
Bear-y stiff and bear-y slow,
Singing with a bearish sort of sound,
(grump, (grump, grump, grump)

In the field between the ‘tato rows,
(hush, hush, hush)
All the mice are dancing on their toes
(shush, shush, shush)
If the cat should change to roam,
They would all go running home
down their holes they’d scampler in a flash,
(mush, mush, mush).

(from: Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artist/dancing.pdf)

Boogie-Woogie Washer Woman
Way down the road (shade hand over eyes, look into distance)
Where nobody goes (shake finger “no”)
There’s a boogie-woogie washer woman washing her clothes (boogie side to side)
Scrub, scrub, here (scrub invisible clothing on one knee)
Scrub, scrub, there (scrub on other knee)
Scrub those stains right out of there (move thumb to side “outta there”)
She goes: scrub, scrub (scrub on one knee, then other, step forward each time)
A-boogie, a-woogie (do the boogie, taking two steps backward)
Scrub, scrub and a-boogie some more (repeat action of above line)
She goes: scrub, scrub, a-boogie, a-woogie (repeat action)
Just a boogie-woogie washer woman washing her clothes (boogie, turn in a circle)
Yeah! (jazz hands)

(from http://dragon.sleepdeprived.ca/songbook/songs3/S3_8.htm )

Leaves in the Wind
(to tune of “Ring Around the Rosy”)

Dance and twirl together
Like leaves in windy weather
Twirling, swirling
We all Fall down!

From Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.

Here We Go Looby Loo
(Join hands and go around in a circle; suit actions to words)

Here we go looby loo,
Here we go looby light,
Here we go looby loo,
All on a Saturday night.
You put your right hand in
You put your right hand out
You give your hand a shake, shake shake
And turn yourself about.

Repeat with : left hand, right foot, left foot, whole self

From: Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.

Dance, Children, Dance!  A Rhyme from Germany
Dance, children, dance about! (dance)
Let your shoes in and out (kick feet)
If one should break than we don’t care (wrench fists apart to show breaking shoe)
The cobbler will make you another pair (mime hammering on shoe)
So dance, children, dance. (dance)

Now dance fast (repeat rhyme at a fast pace)

Now dance slowly (repeat rhyme at a slow pace)

From: MacMillan, Kathy and Christine Kirker.  Multicultural Storytime Magic.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2012.

LET’S DANCE MUSIC TRACKS:
Because this was a dancing themed storytime, it felt like I needed to include some fun music to get up and groove to.  Here’s the tracks I included in the storybox on a cd.

Some Assembly Required by Tom ChapinJimGillSneezingSongJimGillMakesItNoisyJimGillMusicPlayforFolksofAllStripes

Track 1: “Don’t Make Me Dance” by Tom Chapin from Some Assembly Required

Track 2: “Hands are for Clapping” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 3: “Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 4: “Spaghetti Legs” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 5: “List of Dances” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho

Track 6: “Let’s Dance Now” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho”

Track 7: “I Changed My Mind” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Presents Music Play for Folks of All Stripes

Track 8: “If Animals Could Dance” by The Learning Station from La Di Da, La Di Di, Dance with Me

Track 9: “Jump Up, Bend Down” The Learning Station from La Di Da, La Di Di, Dance with Me

Track 10: “Here We Go Looby Loo” by Wee Sing from The Best of Wee Sing

Track 11: “The Chicken Dance”

Track 12: “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi from More Singable Songs

LearningStationLaDiDaLaDiDiDanceWithMeWeeSingBestofWeeSingRaffi More Singable Songs

CRAFTS:

Dancing Giraffe
Dance Giraffe Storybox Craft name - Copy
Materials Needed:

  • Dancing Giraffe Coloring Pages
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
  • Scissors
  • Brads

Directions:

Have children color in the giraffe any way they like.  Cut out the pieces, and then assemble the giraffe using brads.  Ask the children if they can make the giraffe dance by moving the different body parts.

If you want this craft to go faster, you may want to cut out the giraffe pieces beforehand.

(taken from: http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/giraffescantdance.htm   and http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/_files/dancinggiraffe.pdf )

Dancing Raisins Science Experiment
Who taught these raisins to dance, anyway? Go on – gather up some raisins, turn up the music, and get ready for a raisin romp.
Dancing Raisins Experiment

Materials Needed:

  • Clear drinking glasses
  • Raisins
  • Clear carbonated beverages (7Up, Tonic Water, etc.)

Additional Materials:

  • Macaroni
  • Spaghetti
  • Lentils
  • Craisins
  • Corn
  • Dried Blueberries

Experiment:

  1. Fill the glass with soda.
  2. Drop 10-15 raisins into the soda.
  3. Focus all of your attention on those raisins.  Are they moving?  Yes!  They’re floating, they’re bobbing up and down, they’re dancing!

Dancing Raisins Variation:

  1. Set up your drinking glasses with different types of soda.
  2. See which type of soda makes the best dancing raisins.
  3. Try using all of the same type of soda but different kinds of “dancers.”
  4. Throw in macaroni, noodles, lentils, craisins, even corn!
  5. Which combination of soda and dancers “performs” the best show?
  6. Keep experimenting until you find the best combination

For more explanation of why/how this works visit the sources I used.

(Idea taken from: Steve Spangler Science http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/dancing-raisins-the-bubble-lifter and Juggling with Kids http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2011/08/dancing-raisins.html  )

Dance Wands
Dance Wand

Materials needed:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Crepe Paper
  • Glue or Glue Sticks

Directions:

To prep the craft: Have crepe paper cut.

Have children glue the crepe paper streamers (about 2 or 3 strands) to the popsicle stick.

Then dance and move and see those streamers go.

Idea taken from PreK Read and Play: https://prekreadplay.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/storytime-share-gross-motor-movement-and-coordination-1/

 

Dancing Finger Puppets
Dancing Finger Puppet Craft
Materials Needed:

  • Finger puppet template
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
  • Scissors

Directions:

Have children color in the puppet or puppets of their choice.

Cut the puppet from the page, and then cut the two circles on the bottom out as well from each puppet.

Have the children put their fingers through the holes at the bottom of each puppet and make their puppet dance!

If you would like to make this craft faster, do the cutting ahead of time.

Taken from: http://www.wikipekes.com/titeres-de-dedo-recortables.html


Bell Bracelets
Jingle Bell Bracelets

Materials needed:

– Chenille Stems or Pipe Cleaners

– Jingle Bells (about 3 per bracelet)

– Scissors

Have children thread 3 jingle bells through the pipe cleaner.  Wrap the ends around each other to make the correct size bracelet for each child.

If the pipe cleaner is really long, use the scissors to cut to size.

If you are worried about the sharp ends of the pipe cleaner, before beginning the bracelet fold the ends (just 1/4 of an inch or so) onto itself. This will create a tip that is not quite so sharp.

Idea taken from: My Nearest and Dearest http://mynearestanddearest.com/jingle-bell-bracelets/

Bugs Dancing Coloring Page
Bee Coloring Page
Materials Needed:

  • Coloring pages
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers

Directions:
Have the children color in their sheets any way they like.

Extend the Learning:
Let the kids know that honeybees acutally dance to communicate!  They use something called a “waggle dance”, a “shake” dance, and a “tremble” dance.

For more information on the bee dance visit: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bees/hivecomm.html

Coloring page adapted from:
http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/bees-dance-coloring-page/

Dads – Toddler Storytime

I stepped in to for an ill coworker last week to do infant toddler storytime.  While I am not glad she was sick, I’m glad I got a chance to do a Dad storytime, since I did one featuring Mothers a month ago.  It felt like it evened things out a bit.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
Daddies by Prap
Daddies by Lila Prap

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Ties Flannelboard Logo Cropped
10 Ties (even though not all dads, or only dads, wear them)

FLANNELBOARD:
D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 1 Logo CroppedD-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 2 Logo CroppedD-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 3 Logo Cropped
D-A-D-D-Y
Idea taken from What Happens in Storytime.

(to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O)
There is a man I love a lot
And Daddy is his name-o.
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o

For the next verse, replace the D with a hand to represent a clap.
There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o.

Repeat until you are clapping for all 5 letters.

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

 

VIDEO:
Peppa Pig Flying a Kite DVD
“Daddy Loses his Glasses” from Peppa Pig Flying a Kite and Other Stories

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Oh Daddy! by Shea Daddy Book by Parr Piglet and Papa by Wild

Book: Oh, Daddy! by Bob Shea
Book: The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
Book: Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Stephen Michael King

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Jen in the Library – Dads Toddler Storytime 07-14-2015

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Dads are fun for storytime, I just wish I had more time when planning so I could have gotten some of the other great books that are out there and perfect for this age group.

I only did one book at this storytime so I could sign kids up for our Summer Reading Program that had started earlier that week.  Daddies was a great book, though and we had fun acting like all the different animals mentioned in the story.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  40 people      11 am: 48 people

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

Dads – Infant Storytime

My coworker was sick last week, so I got to step in an do Infant Toddler storytimes again.  Since Father’s Day was coming up on Sunday, we focused on Dads!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: I’m Bouncing*
I’m bouncing, bouncing everywhere (bounce baby gently on lap)
I bounce and bounce into the air (lift baby up from lap)
I’m bouncing, bouncing like a ball (bounce baby on lap again) 
I bounce and bounce
And then down I fall! (guide baby down between legs)

BOOK:
Up by George
Up! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Hush Little Baby Flannelboard with logo
Hush Little Baby
taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
If that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
If that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.
If that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.
If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
If that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.
If that horse and cart fall down,
you’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

TICKLE: 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:
Faster! Faster! by Patricelli Where's My Daddy by Watanabe Daddy Hugs by Tafuri
Book: Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli
Book: Where’s My Daddy? adapted from a story by Shigeo Watanabe, pictures by Yasuo Ohtomo
Book: Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri

HOW IT WENT:
You’ll find that this storytime bears a striking resemblance to the earlier Dad-themed storytime I’ve done.  This is mostly because I learned I was doing storytime the day before and a lot of the dad books had already been checked out by then.

Also, this storytime doesn’t have a second book because I cut things a little short so we could sign the kids up for our Summer Reading Program which started that week.

ATTENDANCE: 31 people (adults and kids)

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