I know that cats usually follow mice, but I decided to do things the other way around for this storytime session.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*
INTRODUCTION: with Mouse Puppet from Folkmanis
My friend this time was my brown mouse puppet. I had him come out and be shy to the audience (really, this is the only puppet-y thing I know how to do.) Then I pretended I didn’t know what he was and we went over his features together: 2 ears (where are your ears?), a little nose (show me your nose!), etc until they told me he was a mouse!
Mice by Rose Fyleman, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Little mouse, little mouse
Are you in the (insert color here) house?
I know I use this rhyme a lot, but it is one of my favorites. I like hiding other animals in the different houses so that it is a surprise when things are uncovered. The ones picture above are from some of my ArtFelt sets. I also like to leave one house empty with “nobody home”.
MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Thank You Bear by Greg Foley
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass
“Playground” from Play Time Maisy
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: Mouse’s Birthday by Jane Yolen illustrated by Bruce Degen
Book: Pip & Squeak by Ian Schoenherr
Book: Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
Book: Lunch by Denise Fleming
HOW IT WENT:
This was a fairly good storytime. I am finding that the puppets seems to be a good way of kicking off the show. I don’t know if I will have puppets for all my different storytime themes, but so far it works alright. Mice was a great book to read. At the 10 am storytime, I didn’t do a very good job of emphasizing who it was that liked mice, so I made sure at the 11 am storytime to point that out. It was fun, and I think the colors carry very well. The groups were having trouble sitting still towards the end of storytime, so I shorted Thank You Bear by skipping a few of the pages. It worked just fine.
I originally meant to show the Dancing episode of Maisy – after the short episode the song was “The Wheels on the Bus” and I thought that might appease the heckler from last week. However, I didn’t cue the DVD correctly, so we watched Playground instead. Since the kid didn’t have a breakdown about “The Wheels on the Bus” I’m thinking we’re good.
ATTENDANCE: 10 am: 44 people 11 am: 44 people
* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page