Wake Up & Good Morning! – Toddler Storytime

Nothing gets you up and at ’em in the morning like a good toddler storytime!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
WakeUpMEbyMcGee
Wake Up, Me!
by Marni McGee

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10SunsFlannelboard
Suns

FLANNELBOARD:
Millie Wants to Play
MillieWantstoPlayFlannelboard
Story from Millie Wants to Play by Janet Pedersen.
Pattern for figures from “Good Morning Cow” in  2′s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz & Dick Wilmes

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

BOOK:
WakingDragonsbyYolen
Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen

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

VIDEO:
Classical Baby The Music Show DVD
“Good Morning” and “Night Music” from Classical Baby: The Music Show

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
WakeUpEnginesbyMortensen OneMagicalMorningbyFreedman ChildsGoodMorningBookbyBrown PolarBearMorningbyThompson

Wake Up Engines by Denise Dowling Mortensen
One Magical Morning by Claire Freedman
A Child’s Good Morning Book by Margaret Wise Brown
Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson

HOW IT WENT:
I really love books like Wake Up, Me! that encourage interaction with the audience.  It makes the book go really nicely.  Waking Dragons was a newer book, so I thought that might be fun to try out.  And I absolutely adore the Classical Baby series of DVDs.  So pretty, calming, and engaging.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  53 (!) people      11 am: 32 people

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

Wake Up & Good Morning! – Infant Storytime

Since the infants and toddlers I share stories with on Tuesdays make my mornings good, I thought this would be an appropriate theme.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:
HelloDaybyLobel
Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Millie Wants to Play
MillieWantstoPlayFlannelboard

Story from Millie Wants to Play by Janet Pedersen.
Pattern for figures from “Good Morning Cow” in  2’s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz & Dick Wilmes

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:
LlamaLlamaWakey-WakebyDewdney
Llama Llama Wakey-Wake
by Anna Dewdney

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*

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

NURSERY RHYME:
Hickory Dickory Dock
HickoryDickoryDockFlannelboard

Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

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:

GoodMorningToucanbyDwellStudio  WakeUpMEbyMcGee
Good Morning Toucan by Dwell Studios
Wake Up, Me! by Marni McGee

HOW IT WENT:
I thought this was a fun theme to use.  We made a lot of animal noises with both Hello, Day! and the flannelboard.  I liked Llama Llama, Wakey-Wake, but I think the board book might have been too small to use successfully.  And it was very short, so I added the song “Baby’s Little Self” in there.  I put on the music and then had the parents touch the different parts mentioned in the song.  It worked really well.  It also helped because the children were a little antsy and the song seemed to be soothing to them.  Maybe I will add that in.

ATTENDANCE: 44 people

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

Pigs – Preschool Storytime

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Jump Jump” from I’m a Rock Star by Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

BOOK:
MyLuckyDaybyKasza
My Lucky Day
 by Keiko Kasza

FINGERPLAY:
Two Mother Pigs
Two mother pigs live in a pen.  (Put both thumbs up)
Each had 4 babies and that made 10. (Show all fingers and thumbs)
These 4 babies were black as night. (Hold up 1 hand, thumb in palm)
These 4 babies were black and white. (Hold up other hand, thumb in palm)
But all 8 babies loved to play,
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day (roll hands over each other)
At night with their mother, they curled in a heap (make fists, palms up)
And squealed and squealed till they went to sleep.

FLANNELBOARD:
This Little Piggy
This Little Piggy Flannelboard

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Old MacDonald
OldMacDonaldFlannelboard2

BOOK:
Z-Z-ZOinkbyMost
Z-Z-Zoink! by Bernard Most

VIDEO:
ClickClackMooCowsThatTypeDVD
“The Pigs’ Wedding” from Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type …and More Fun on the Farm

MOVEMENT:
If You’re a Pig and You Know It
(To Tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a pig and you know it say “Oink Oink”
“Oink Oink”
If you’re a pig and you know it say “Oink Oink”
“Oink Oink”
If you’re a pig and you know it,
Then you really ought to show it.
If you’re a pig and you know it say “Oink Oink”
“Oink Oink”

If you’re a pig and you know it wiggle your tail…
trot your feet….

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
PingPongPigbyChurch NotAStickbyPortis IfYouGiveaPigAPancakebyNumeroff RibbitbyFolgueiraPepoandLoloRedApple
Book: Ping Pong Pig by Caroline Jayne Church
Book: Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
Book: If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
Book: Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira
Book: Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martin Larranaga
Video: Any Peppa Pig Movie

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I had a mix of ages for this storytime.  I thought since there were some older kids in the audience I would start with My Lucky Day and see how that went over, especially since it is one of my favorite books to read-aloud.  But I think that was too long for the group as a whole, and one of the younger girls in the group kept getting really scared whenever the pig got into the roasting pan.  So after I finished that one I went into a fingerplay and then the flannelboard This Little Piggy so that things could be a little less terrifying for the audience.  I thought Z-Z-ZOink! was a really good read aloud.   Also, “The Pigs’ Wedding” might be a bit of an older video as well, but it is just so fun.

ATTENDANCE: 32 (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

Eggs – Toddler Storytime

Today we explored the many creatures that come from eggs!  I saw the book What Will Hatch? a while ago and just knew I needed to do an infant toddler storytime using it.  I find that some of my best storytimes come when I am really inspired by a new title.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
WhatWillHatchbyWard
What Will Hatch?
 by Jennifer Ward

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10EggsFlannelboard
Eggs

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Little Eggs
5LittleEggsFlannelboard15LittleEggsFlannelboard25LittleEggsFlannelboard3
Template & Story from 
Preschool Favorites by Diane Briggs

This story originally calls for ten eggs, but I thought that might be a little long for the toddlers.  I shortened things to ten, and changed the rhyme a bit to fit what I needed. Start with all the baby animals covered with eggs.  Remove the egg as indicated in the rhyme for each.

There are 5 little eggs
And what do we see
They’re about crack open
“My goodness me!”
said Mother Hen.

The first egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little purple dinosaur.
“My goodness me,”
said Mother Hen.

The second egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little fuzzy owl.
“My goodness me,”
said Mother Hen.

The third egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a funny little platypus.
“My goodness me,”
said Mother Hen.

The fourth egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a green little turtle.
“My goodness me,”
said Mother Hen.

The fifth egg cracks open
And what do we see
It’s a little yellow chicken.
“My goodness me,”
said Mother Hen.

“This one looks like me!”
Said the mother hen.
“But I love them all equally!”

In between each of the verses I ask if this is the Hen’s baby.  When the audience answers no I continue on to the next verse.

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Eggs and Five Eggs
FiveEggsandFiveEggsFlannelboard1 FiveEggsandFiveEggsFlannelboard2
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
Cackle cackle cackle
(Clap hands as you say Cackle!)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens
(Flip over each clutch of eggs.)
Yellow as can be.

BOOK:
FirstTheEggbySeeger
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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

VIDEO:
GiggleGiggleQuackandMoreFunnyFavoritesDVD
“The Most Wonderful Egg in the World” from Giggle Giggle Quack…and More Funny Favorites

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
OddEggbyGravett HurryHurrybyBunting Eggs123WhoWilltheBabiesBebyHalfmann WhoseChickAreYoubyTafuri
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting
Eggs 1 2 3 by Janet Halfmann
Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri

GoodNightMaisyDVD 
DVD: “Eggs” from Good Night, Maisy

HOW IT WENT:
This was a great storytime, and I’m really happy it went well.  The books seemed to work, and both flannelboards went over nicely too.  When I turned over the eggs in Five Eggs and Five Eggs all the audiences went “awwww” so that was a fun reveal.  I wasn’t sure the Video I picked worked, because the first group seemed a little restless, but the second group did better, so maybe it was ok.  Maisy might be a better option for next time though.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  41 people      11 am: 34 people

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

Eggs – Infant Storytime

As I was planning for my infant toddler storytime sessions, I was also working on a storybox to send around to the branches.  Since my theme for the storybox was eggs, I thought I would just use all the hard work I did twice and do an egg infant and toddler storytime theme as well.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:
HurryHurrybyBunting
Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Eggs and Five Eggs
FiveEggsandFiveEggsFlannelboard1 FiveEggsandFiveEggsFlannelboard2
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
Cackle cackle cackle
(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

BOOK:
FirstTheEggbySeeger
First the Egg 
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*

NURSERY RHYME:
Hickety Pickety My Black Hen
HicketyPicketyFlannelboard1 HicketyPicketyFlannelboard2
Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

Hickety pickety, my black hen, (place hen on board)
She lays eggs for gentlemen. (place gentlemen on board)
Gentlemen come every day
To see what my black hen doth lay.
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten,
Hickety, pickety, my black hen.

How many eggs did the hen lay today? (place either 9 or 10 eggs on board)
Count the eggs with the audience.

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:
 WhoseChickAreYoubyTafuri
Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri

HOW IT WENT:
Eggs is a great theme for a spring storytime!  Everything went well and I would use all these again.

ATTENDANCE: 33 people

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

Horses – Toddler Storytime

Yee-haw!  It’s time for this Tuesday’s Toddler Roundup!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

THEMED MOVEMENT:
Ponies in a Meadow
10 Little ponies in a meadow green (hold up 10 fingers)
Friskiest ponies I’ve ever seen (wiggle fingers)
They go for a gallop, they go for a trot (“gallop” and “trot” fingers)
They come to a halt in the big feed lot. (hold hands up like “stop”)
10 little ponies fat and well fed
Curl up together in a soft straw bed (interlace fingers and hands into lap)

BOOK:
NoniThePonybyLester
Noni the Pony
by Alison Lester

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10HorsesFlannelboard
Horses

FLANNELBOARD:
I Gave My Horse an Apple
IGaveMyHorseAnAppleFlannelboard

Template and idea from In the Children’s Room
Rhyme from here

I gave my horse an apple,
(pretend to give something)
And she gave me a neigh.
(neigh)
I gave my horse a carrot,
(pretend to give something)
And she moved her head this way.
(move head up and down)
I gave my horse a sugar lump,
(pretend to give something)
She gave me a smile.
(smile big)
And then she took me for a ride,
For more than half a mile.
(slap hands on thighs like galloping)

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

THEMED MOVEMENT:
Ten Galloping Horses
Ten galloping horses (hold up 10 fingers)
Came galloping through the town (slap hands on legs)
Five were white (hold up 5 fingers)
Five were brown (hold up 5 fingers on other hand)
They galloped up (slap hands on thighs then move them up)
They galloped down (move hands down) 
Ten galloping horses
Came through the town.
Then WHOA!
They all slowed down (place hands in lap). 

BOOK:
Clip-ClopbySmee
Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee

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

VIDEO:
StorytimeWithSpotDVD
“Spot’s Hobby Horse” from Storytime with Spot

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Hush Little Horsie by Jane Yolen
Horses: Trotting! Prancing! Racing! by Patricia Hubbell
A is for Amos by Deborah Chandra

 HOW IT WENT:
There was a lot of activity in today’s storytime.  To combat this, I tried adding in a few more fingerplays, both of which ended in a soothing manner.  I hoped this would prepare the audience for the stories that were to follow, but it didn’t go quite as well as I planned.  I actually picked a horse theme because I wanted to read Noni the Pony and I think it went over pretty well, it was just a tad long (which could have been just because attention spans were short today).

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  39 people      11 am: 39 people      (I had 39 at all three storytimes today!)

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

Horses – Infant Storytime

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:
Giddy-UpLet'sRidebyMcDonnell
Giddy-up! Let’s Ride! by Flora McDonnell

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

FLANNELBOARD:
I Gave My Horse An Apple
IGaveMyHorseAnAppleFlannelboard
Template and idea from In the Children’s Room
Rhyme from here

I gave my horse an apple,
(pretend to give something)
And she gave me a neigh.
(neigh)
I gave my horse a carrot,
(pretend to give something)
And she moved her head this way.
(move head up and down)
I gave my horse a sugar lump,
(pretend to give something)
She gave me a smile.
(smile big)
And then she took me for a ride,
For more than half a mile.
(slap hands on thighs like galloping)

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:
Clip-ClopbySmee
Clip-Clop!
by Nicola Smee

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME:
Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty Flannelboard 1Humpty Dumpty Flannelboard 2
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

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

HOW IT WENT:
Horses is an especially fun storytime theme to use with infants, because there are so many bounces you can do with the kids!  I tried using my flannelboard See, See which I think is the weirdest flannelboard I’ve made.  It didn’t go over well, so I didn’t even include it in this line up.

ATTENDANCE: 39 people

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