Blankets – Toddler Storytime

Sometimes when I’m ordering books, it seems like there is a whole crop of new books all on one topic.  It felt like there had been a lot of new ones about blankets lately, so that was the start of this storytime.  It was nice that the night before was rather chilly, and a good time to curl up with a blanket.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Fly, Blanky, Fly by Anne Margaret Lewis

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*

COUNTING SONG:*

Blankets

FLANNELBOARD:
Blanket Colors

I once had a blanket.
It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was __________ (blue).

I once had a blanket,
The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (green).

I once had a blanket,
Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was _______ (yellow).

I once had a blanket,
At the foot of my bed.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (red).

 

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

BOOK:

Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket
 by Tatyana Feeney
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:

“Cricket on the Roof” and “My Blanket” from Classical Baby: The Music Show

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
   
Oh, Brother by Kathy Mallat
Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum
Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori
Where Can it Be? by Ann Jonas
DVD: “3 Sheets to the Farzzle” from Farzzle Kiss

HOW IT WENT:
These stories didn’t work as well as I had hoped.  I don’t know if they were both too long, or not interactive enough, or because it was my first time reading them, but they both seemed to fall a little flat.  Maybe they would be better with a preschool audience instead of a toddler one.  I think if I were to do this theme again I would probably use Where Can It Be? and Kiki’s Blankie (which I used previously and seemed to work better).

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  45 people      11 am: 25 people

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

Blankets – Infant Storytime

The weather is turning colder, and it’s a nice time to snuggly up with a cozy blanket.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

BOOK:

Where Can It Be? 
by Ann Jonas

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Blanket Colors

I once had a blanket.
It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was __________ (blue).

I once had a blanket,
The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (green).

I once had a blanket,
Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was _______ (yellow).

I once had a blanket,
At the foot of my bed.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (red).

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

BOOK:

Dinosaur’s Binkit by Sandra Boynton

TICKLE: These Are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME:
Humpty Dumpty

Pattern and Rhyme 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 Dumpty 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

BOUNCE: Ladies Ride*

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 
Oh, Brother by Kathy Mallat

HOW IT WENT:
Blankets may not be the most dynamic theme out there, but I thought it worked pretty well.  I really liked Dinosaur’s Binkit as a read aloud, which was nice since I wasn’t sure it would work because of its size.  The stories were a little short this time, which is why I added the Ladies Ride bounce at the end.  Usually I would do that to music from the album Wiggleworms Love You by the Old Town School of Music, but I didn’t have that on hand so we did it acapella.

ATTENDANCE: 28 people

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

Pie – Preschool Storytime

Since we just celebrated Thanksgiving I wanted to do a storytime today that was Thanksgiving-friendly, without being Thanksgiving-themed (since my library does our Turkey Tales storytime the Saturday before Thanksgiving).  So, what is more Thanksgiving-y than Pie!  Plus, I really enjoy trying out a brand new theme for storytime every now and then to help keep me fresh.  I had a lot of help with this storytime from some great blogs out there.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song

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

BOOK:
 
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray

FLANNELBOARD:
One Whole Pie
  
Rhyme from Kathryn Roach, Wendell Library, Wendell NC’s blog post on Trails & Tales.
Pattern created by making concentric circle shapes in Microsoft word.  I made 4 circles, the largest in white for the plate, the next smallest circle the dark color for the lower crust, one slightly smaller for the lighter upper crust, and the smallest just a tiny bit smaller than that for the purple (boysenberry!) filling.

One whole pie
Set by the door,
Cut into pieces,
I count four.

Four pieces of pie,
All for me,
I ate one piece (make loud eating sounds as you take the piece of the board)
Now there are three.

Three pieces of pie
For me took
I ate another piece,
Now there are two.

Two pieces of pie
Oh! What fun!
I ate another piece,
Now there is one.

One piece of pie
I can’t wait!
I ate that last piece
Empty plate!

THEMED MOVEMENT:
We Make a Pie
Push, pull, pound the dough (push and pull your hands)
Homemade pie we make
Roll it, punch it, squeeze it, fill it (roll hands, punch, squeeze and pretend to fill pan)
In the pan it bakes. (put into oven)

Adapted from “We Knead a Song” in Totline Sept/Oct 1995 pg.4

BOOK:

All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

FLANNELBOARD:
Yummy Pies

Adapted from a rhyme from Kathryn Roach, Wendell Library, Wendell NC’s blog post on Trails & Tales.
Pattern from Microsoft Clip Art.

(to tune of: Three Blind Mice)
Pies, pies, pies.
Pies, pies, pies.
Yummy pies,
Yummy pies.
Pumpkin, blueberry and cherry too.
Apple and key lime to name a few.
Chocolate, lemon, how about you?
I love pie!
That’s no lie!

I took the advice from the Trails & Tales blog post and after I sang this rhyme we played a game where the children covered their eyes and then I made eating noises and took a slice off the flannelboard.  When the kids opened their eyes they guessed which piece I had eaten.  We did this a couple of times, then sang the song once more through.  To end the flannelboard, I had them cover their eyes one last time and then ate up ALL the pie pieces.

VIDEO:

“Max’s Mudpie” from Max and Ruby: A Visit with Grandma

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

   

Book: Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler
Book: Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert
DVD: “Max’s Apple” from Max & Ruby: Springtime for Max & Ruby
DVD: How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Reading Rainbow DVD

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
This storytime was a lot of fun.  Since I had two flannelboard stories I wanted to tell, I changed from my usual outline of storytime a bit.  Both of the flannelboards worked very well, and I liked the audience participation they encouraged.  I had never read Apple Pie ABC to a crowd before, and since it is an alphabet book with short phrases, I wasn’t sure how it would go over.  No need to worry though — it was wonderful and a hit!  I always love reading Pie for All, All for Pie.

Attendance: 37 people (adults and children)

Thanksgiving – Toddler Storytime

Today, I am very thankful I get to do infant/toddler storytimes at my library.  It is one of the most rewarding parts of my job — getting to see early literacy skills develop, seeing the children grow from the beginning of the session to the end.  Today I had one toddler run up and give me a leg hug, and her dad said that when he told her it was storytime day, she got excited.  I overheard another little toddler say, “storytime!”and then “Miss Jennifer” when she saw me.  Interactions like this warm my heart, and remind me to be thankful that I get to do work that can inspire a loving of reading and the library, and hopefully make a difference in these young lives.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*

COUNTING SONG:*

Turkeys

FLANNELBOARD:
Turkey Wore His Rainbow Feathers
(filed under Turkey Feathers in my flannelboard files)

Pattern from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Song from Everything Preschool

Here’s a turkey. (Place the turkey on the flannelboard.)
But he’s missing something!  What is he missing? (wait for audience to answer)
Feathers!
What color is this feather? (Bring out the red feather)
Red!  That’s right!  Let’s put it on the turkey.  (Place the feather on the turkey.)
(now sing, to tune of Mary Wore Her Red Dress)
Turkey wore his red feather, red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.

(Continue adding color feathers and singing)

Last Verse:
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers.
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers all day long.

You can use as many feathers of different colors as you would like.  Since I was doing this with toddlers, I just did the generic rainbow colors as seen in the first photo.  It might also be fun to give out the feathers to the children in the audiences, but I thought that would take too much time with my group.

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

BOOK:
 
10 AM: Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr
11 AM: Over the River and Through the Wood: A Song for Thanksgiving by Lydia Maria Child.  Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

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

VIDEO:

“Max’s Thanksgiving” from Max and Ruby’s Halloween

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
  
All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin
Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
Gobble Gobble by Cathryn Falwell
I’m a Turkey! by Jim Arnosky
Flannelboard: We Eat Turkey

HOW IT WENT:
Over all this was a good storytime, though I still feel like there has to be some better Thanksgiving stories out there for young ones.  The Thankful Book is a new one I used this time, and it was pretty good, especially once I started inviting the children to participate in the story (“I’m thankful for my ears..  Where are your ears?).  I find that technique can help take a book that might just be ok to a lot better.  Turkey Wore His Rainbow Feathers went really well too.  Originally I thought I would just use this at the infant storytime, and use another flannelboard I have (We Eat Turkey) for the toddlers.  But it worked so well with the infants that I wanted to do it again.  At the 10am storytime I tried using Run, Turkey, Run! which is probably my favorite Thanksgiving book.  I had used this in a storytime a few years ago, and thought it might work again.  However, I think it is better with a slightly older audience, which led to me singing Over the River and Through the Wood for my second story in the 11am storytime.  “Max’s Thanksgiving” also probably isn’t the best video to use with this group, since it is a bit long, but it is so hard finding a good toddler thanksgiving story.  Anyone have any suggestions?

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  32 people      11 am: 34 people

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

Thanksgiving – Infant Storytime

With two days left until Thanksgiving, this was a wonderful day to celebrate all that we are grateful for.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

BOOK:

Thanks for Thanksgiving
by Julie Markes

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Turkey Wore His Rainbow Feathers
(filed under Turkey Feathers in my flannelboard files)

Pattern from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Song from Everything Preschool

Here’s a turkey. (Place the turkey on the flannelboard.)
But he’s missing something!  What is he missing? (wait for audience to answer)
Feathers!
What color is this feather? (Bring out the red feather)
Red!  That’s right!  Let’s put it on the turkey.  (Place the feather on the turkey.)
(now sing, to tune of Mary Wore Her Red Dress)
Turkey wore his red feather, red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.

(Continue adding color feathers and singing)

Last Verse:
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers.
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers all day long.

You can use as many feathers of different colors as you would like.  Since I was doing this with infants, I just did the generic rainbow colors as seen in the first photo.

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

BOOK:

Over the River and Through the Wood: A Song for Thanksgiving by Lydia Maria Child.  Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

TICKLE: These Are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME:
This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went wee! wee! wee!
All the way home.

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:
 
Biscuit is Thankful by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Down on the Farm by Marrily Kutner  (It has a turkey in it)

HOW IT WENT:
I liked Thanks for Thanksgiving as a story, but I did paper clip two of the pages together to make the story a little bit shorter.  While I usually try not to alter the books in any way, for these rhyming stanza books sometimes I find they work better for the younger crowd that way.  This was my first time using the Turkey Wore His Rainbow Feathers flannelboard, and that was a really great one.  I like finding new ways to incorporate concepts into my storytimes.  Over the River and Through the Wood is another book that I clip the pages on — this time the double page spreads that show grandfather and grandmother getting read for Thanksgiving dinner.  I show the first one, but then clip the others.  If I were sharing this book one-on-one with a child, I wouldn’t do that, but I think it flows better for me to now show the images in between.  I also sang that book, so that was fun.

ATTENDANCE: 25 people

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

Getting Dressed – Toddler Storytime

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*

COUNTING SONG:*

Shirts

FLANNELBOARD:
How Do I Put It On?

Pattern and Song from 2′s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Adapted from the book How Do I Put it On? by Shigeo Watanabe

My friend bear wants to get dressed by himself.  But I think he may need your help.
He puts on his shirt.  (Place shirt flannelboard piece on bear’s legs.)
Is that where his shirt goes? (Wait for audience to respond No.)
NO?  Where does it go? (Wait for audience to respond)
Oh, over his head!  (Place shirt correctly on bear.)


Continue this with all the pieces of clothing untill bear is fully, and correctly, dressed.


Ok, so bear has his hat, shirt, pants, and shoes!  He is ready to go!

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

BOOK:

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling & Deborah Hembrook

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

VIDEO:

“Iggy Gets Dressed” from Baby’s First Word Stories: Get Dressed

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
  
Whose Shoes? by Margaret Miller
Which Hat is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
 
Time to Get Dressed! by Elivia Savadier
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin (must also make a flannelboard of this)
Hello, Sun! by Dayle Ann Dodds

HOW IT WENT:
How Do I Put it On? is one of my favorite flannelboard stories ever.  It’s so cute to see the kids chime in and tell you how you should correctly dress the bear.  I used to worry about making sure I had the wording correct from the book/flannelboard script, but now I just kind of play it by ear as we dress the bear together.  Plus, I think it’s one of my prettiest flannelboards.  I always think that Ella Sarah Gets Dressed will be too long to read to the kids, but they are usually pretty good with it.  Maybe because it captures a child’s mindset so well.  And this was my first time reading the new book Clotheslines Clues and that one went really well too!

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  39 people      11 am: 31 people

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

Getting Dressed – Infant Storytime

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:

Under My Hood I Have a Hat 
by Karla Kuskin

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

FLANNELBOARD:
How Do I Put It On?

Pattern and Song from 2’s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Adapted from the book How Do I Put it On? by Shigeo Watanabe

My friend bear wants to get dressed by himself.  But I think he may need your help.
He puts on his shirt.  (Place shirt flannelboard piece on bear’s legs.)
Is that where his shirt goes? (Wait for audience to respond No.)
NO?  Where does it go? (Wait for audience to respond)
Oh, over his head!  (Place shirt correctly on bear.)


Continue this with all the pieces of clothing untill bear is fully, and correctly, dressed.


Ok, so bear has his hat, shirt, pants, and shoes!  He is ready to go!

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

BOOK:

Whose Shoes? by Margaret Miller

TICKLE: These Are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME:
The Old Woman

Rhyme by Beatrix Potter,  and patterns and rhyme found in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

You know the old woman who lived in a shoe?
And had so many children’s she didn’t know what to do?
I think that if she lived in a little shoe-house
That old woman was surely a …mouse!

Place the mouse behind the shoe for the first part of the rhyme.  When you reveal that it is a mouse, lift the shoe!

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*

HOW IT WENT:
I think Under My Hood I Have a Hat is a good book to use, however I had more mixed results with Whose Shoes?  Of course, I didn’t expect my infants to join in and guess, but I do think the big bright pictures are good for little ones, and I like that a baby’s shoe is included.  However, I do think it was a little long for the infants, so I cut out “ballet shoes”.  This was my first time using “These are Baby’s Fingers” as a tickle, and I think that one was a hit.  Also, I really need to remake my the shoe for The Old Woman — it’s just too dark to be seen on our black flannelboard.

ATTENDANCE: 28 people

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