Sometimes, it’s helpful to have a storytime theme in your back pocket that just is always a go to theme. For me, that theme is often about my perfectly porcine pals – pigs.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*
How Kind by Mary Murphy
MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
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 cried,
“Wee Wee Wee” all the way home.
MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Piggy Pie Po by Audrey & Don Wood
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass
“Iggy’s Book” from Baby’s First Word Stories: Nighttime
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
Book: Pepo and Lolo are Friends by Ana Martin Larranga
Book: Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martin Larranaga
Book: Piglet and Mama by Margaret Wild (or any others in the Piglet series)
Book: Z-Z-Zoink by Bernard Most
DVD: Any Peppa Pig video
HOW IT WENT:
I had a request to add in “Twinkle Twinkle” which is why you see that in this storytime. I might keep it in, but move it to a different part of the program. I think it might be good to add another calmer rhyme (like Twinkle Twinkle) after “Row Row Row Your Boat” because that one seems to get the kids really amped up and then it is hard for them to sit back down after that. Will test it out next week and see how it goes. How Kind is a great book, and I love the illustrations, but it didn’t seem to work as well at this time. Will have to be on the lookout for more good pig toddler books. At the start of today’s 10am storytime, one of the toddlers, a little girl, came out of the storyroom to where I was waiting in the Children’s Room for more families to arrive. She took my hand, and proceeded to lead me back to the storyroom because she felt storytime needed to start RIGHT THEN. It was pretty adorable. It’s hard to not love your job when you get kids doing things like that. 🙂
ATTENDANCE: 10 am: 51 people 11 am: 41 people
* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page