Construction – Toddler Storytime

Why have I never done a construction themed storytime before?!  There are so many great books and ideas out there for one.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

The Little Dump Truck
by Margery Cuyler

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10Tools
Tools

FLANNELBOARD:
Find Bruno’s Hammer
FindBruno'sHammer
Taken from RovingFiddlehead KidLit

Bruno built so many tool­boxes that he can­not remem­ber in which one he put his favorite hammer. Can you help Bruno find his miss­ing ham­mer? In what tool­box should we look first?”

After a color is cho­sen, say the fol­low­ing phrase before remov­ing that color toolbox.

Bruno needs his ham­mer lots and lots.
Is it hid­ing in the (color) toolbox?

Repeat until the ham­mer is found.

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

BOOK:

The Construcion Crew by Lynn Meltzer

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

VIDEO:
ChickaChickaBoomBoomDVD
“Changes, Changes” from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom …and Lots More Learning Fun!

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
 

BOOKS:
Get to Work Trucks by Don Carter
Dinosaur Dig! by Penny Dale
Machines at Work by Byron Barton
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
Roadwork by Sally Sutton
One Big Building by Michael Dahl
VIDEO:
“I’m Dirty” from I’m Dirty… And More Stories of Adventure and Science

HOW IT WENT:
A really fun theme!  I think I need to make my toolboxes smaller for the flannelboard, because they are just too tempting for small hands at this size.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  31 people      11 am: 32 people

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

Construction – Infant Storytime

Today we dug into some great construction stories!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: The Grandfather Clock*

BOOK:

Machines at Work by Byron Barton

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Find Bruno’s Hammer
FindBruno'sHammer

Taken from RovingFiddlehead KidLit

Bruno built so many tool­boxes that he can­not remem­ber in which one he put his favorite hammer. Can you help Bruno find his miss­ing ham­mer? In what tool­box should we look first?”

After a color is cho­sen, say the fol­low­ing phrase before remov­ing that color toolbox.

Bruno needs his ham­mer lots and lots.
Is it hid­ing in the (color) toolbox?

Repeat until the ham­mer is found.

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:

Tip Tip Dig Dig
by Emma Garcia

TICKLE: Slowly Slowly Very Slowly Goes the Little Snail*

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

NURSERY RHYME:
Little Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep Flannelboard 1 Little Bo Peep Flannelboard 2
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:

Get to Work Trucks by Don Carter
Trucks by Debbie Powell

HOW IT WENT:
Why have I never done a construction storytime before?  There are so many good books and activities on this topic.  Must do it again soon.
Most things went pretty well at this storytime, but Machines at Work might have been a little long for this group.  Also, the flannelboard didn’t work quite as well as I envisioned it.  The kids all wanted to come and pull the things off the flannelboard, and I kept hiding the hammer in the lower toolboxes.  It took a couple tries to realize that I really should hide it up higher in the area where little hands cannot grab it.

ATTENDANCE: 39 people

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

Bouncing – Toddler Storytime

This active theme is always a fun one to use with toddlers.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
BouncingTimebyHubbell
Bouncing Time
by Patricia Hubbell

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10Rabbits
Rabbits
(presented by our new librarian Jane)

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Green and Speckled Frogs
FiveGreenAndSpeckledFrogsFlannelboard
(Presented by our new librarian, Jane)

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

BOOK:
WhoHopsbyDavis
Who Hops? by Katie Davis

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

VIDEO:
LittleBearRainyDayTalesDVD
“Puddle Jumper” from Little Bear: Rainy Day Tales

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
KangarooAndCricketbySiomades JumpbyLavis 

Kangaroo and Cricket by Lorianne Siomades
Jump! by Steve Lavis

HOW IT WENT:
This is a fun theme that can sometimes get a little too energetic.  Luckily that didn’t happen today.  This was my first time reading Who Hops? to a group and it was so much fun.  When you say “Cows Hop” you can hear the whole audience go, “say whaaa?”.  Such a good book hook.  “Puddle Jumper” is also another favorite to show in storytime because kids like the story, and parents like that it features the Zen frog.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  42 people      11 am: 38 people

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

Bouncing – Infant Storytime

Everyone was happy as we went up and down through our bouncing storytime today.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*

BOOK:
BouncingTimebyHubbell
Bouncing Time by Patricia Hubbell

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
FiveGreenAndSpeckledFrogsFlannelboard

(Presented by our new Librarian Jane)

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:
BallBouncedbyTafuri
The Ball Bounced
by Nancy Tafuri

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

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

NURSERY RHYME:
Jack Be Nimble
Jack Be Nimble Flannelboard
Pieces from Little Folk Visuals
(Presented by our new librarian Jane)

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: Ride a Little Pony*

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
LlamaLlamaHoppity-HopbyDewdney HopHopJumpbyKrosoczka
Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop by Anna Dewdney
Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime, and an especially great theme to use with infants because you can incorporate so many bounces for the parents to do with their babies.  I was worried that Bouncing Time would be too long to use with the infants, but it seemed to work fine.  I think in the future though I might end the story after the family waves bye to the bouncing animals in the zoo.  That would shorten it a little, but still complete the story.  I love doing Jack Be Nimble as a nursery rhyme and then as a bounce, so that worked perfectly in with this storytime.

ATTENDANCE: 31 people

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

Dinosaurs – Toddler Storytime

We had a ROARING good time at last week’s dinosaur storytime!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
DinosaurVsBedtimebyShea
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime
by Bob Shea

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs

FLANNELBOARD:
All Around the Swamp
FiveDinosaurs
(to tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
Pteranodons’ wings went flap, flap, flap. (flap arms like wings)
Flap, flap, flap. Flap, flap, flap
Pteranodons’ wings went flap, flap, flap.
All around the swamp.

Other verses:Tyrannosaurus Rex went grr grr grr… (make T-Rex arms and say grr)
Triceratops’s horns went poke poke poke… (make horns on the top of head with fingers)
Apatosaurus’s neck went stretch, stretch, stretch… (stretch arms up)
Stegosaurus’s tail went spike spike spike (place palms together and swing hands back and forth)

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

BOOK:
DinosaursDinosaursbyBarton
Dinosaurs Dinosaurs by Byron Barton (read by our new LI)

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

VIDEO:
Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles DVD
“Mr. Dinosaur is Lost” from Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles and Other Stories

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
TenTerribleDinosaursbyStickland IDreamtIWasaDinosaurbyBlackstone DinosaurRoarbyStickland DiniDinosaurbyBeaumont 

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland
I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont
DVD: “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?”
HowDoDinosuarsSayGoodNightDVD

HOW IT WENT:
I love Dinosaur vs. Bedtime but I need to remember that it can be hard on the voice.  I need to hold back my roaring just a bit to get through all the storytimes on Tuesdays.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  41 people      11 am: 38 people

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

Dinosaurs – Infant Storytime

There was a lot of over-sized fun at last week’s dinosaur infant storytime.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*

BOOK:
DinosaurRoarbyStickland
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Four Dinosaurs (I know there are 5 here, but I didn’t use one for the rhyme.)
FiveDinosaurs

Templates from Microsoft Word clip art

“Four Dinosaurs”
Four dinosaurs standing in a row
The green one said, “I think I’ll go”
And he walked away so very slow
Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp.
Other verses:
Three… orange
Two… purple
One…yellow
How many dinosaurs are left? Zero!

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:
DinosaursDinosaursbyBarton
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
by Byron Barton

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

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

NURSERY RHYME:
Jack and Jill
JackandJillFlannelboard1JackandJillFlannelboard2
Pieces from Little Folk Visuals

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:
TenTerribleDinosaursbyStickland DiniDinosaurbyBeaumont
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland
Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont

HOW IT WENT:
I really need to get better about updating my blog right after the storytimes occur.   Things have just been really busy at work and I haven’t had a chance to do that.

ATTENDANCE: 33 people

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

Mothers – Toddler Storytime

We celebrated moms in last week’s storytimes.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
PigletandMamabyWild
Piglet and Mama
by Margaret Wild

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10HeartsFlannelboard
Hearts

FLANNELBOARD:
Mothers & Babies Match Game
MothersandBabiesFlannelboard6
From A Storytime Year by Susan M. Dailey.
See information on the flannelboard story on my flannel friday post here

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

BOOK:
MommyMinebyWarnes
Mommy Mine by Tim Warnes

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

VIDEO:
IsYourMamaaLlamaDVD
“Is Your Mama a Llama?” from IsYour Mama a Llama?… and more Stories About Growing Up

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
MyMotherisMinebyBauer MommyHugsbyKatz MommyCarryMePleasebyCabrera MommyBookbyParr
WhereIsMyMommybyDowning
My Mother is Mine by Marion Dane Bauer
Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz
Mommy, Carry Me Please! by Jane Cabrera
The Mommy Book by Todd Parr
Where Is My Mommy? by Julie Downing

HOW IT WENT:
Pretty well.  Since I’m late in posting this one, I don’t have too much to say about it, but I wanted to make sure to get it up before my next storytime.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  43 people      11 am: 41 people

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