Underwear – Preschool Storytime

I noticed lately that there were a lot of fun books about underwear, and figured why not share some of them in storytime?  I was hesitant about the topic at first, and wondered if people would find it inappropriate.  But, I felt better when I saw that other storytime bloggers had paved the way.  Just to be on the safe side,  I checked with my supervisor before presenting it, just to make sure she would have my back in case of complaints.  Thankfully, my community is fairly open and I don’t think anyone had a problem with it (at least that they let me know).

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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


One Big Pair of Underwear
 by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

MOVEMENT: Now You’re Getting Dressed
(to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

First put on your underwear, underwear, underwear. (pretend to put on underwear)
First put on your underwear. Now you’re getting dressed.
Stick your arms up in your shirt, in your shirt, in your shirt.
Stick your arms up in your shirt.  Now you’re getting dressed.
Pull your pants up to your waist, to your waist, to your waist.
Pull your pants up to your waist.  Now you’re getting dressed.
Wiggle your toes down in your socks, in your socks, in your socks.
Wiggle your toes down in your socks.  Now you’re getting dressed.
Slip your shoes on, tie them tight, tie them tight, tie them tight.
Slip your shoes on, tie them tight.  Now you’re getting dressed
Now you can go out and play, out and play, out and play.
Now you can go out and play, You got yourself all dressed.


Bear in Underwear Flannelboard 1 logo Bear in Underwear Flannelboard 3 logo Bear in Underwear Flannelboard 4 logo

To make the pieces for this flannelboard, I just blew up the Monday page from the book on the copy machine and used that as my template for the bear and for his underwear.  I told the story by putting the (naked) bear up on the flannelboard, then recited the words from the book.  At the correct time, I put the underwear on the bear.  When it was time for bear to wear a new pair of undies, I moved the old one to the bottom of the board (you can kind of see this in the second picture.)  Then I brought out the days of the week and we talked about what color underwear Bear wore each day (notice the color of the text of the days matches the color of bear’s pants).

MOVEMENT: Head, Shoulders Knees and Underwear
I sung this to the traditional tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, but just substituted the word “underwear” for “toes” or “nose”.   Thanks to Miss Sarah’s Storytime for this great idea!  It was a hit.

Head, shoulders, knees, underwear.
Knees, underwear.
Head, shoulders, knees, underwear.
Knees, underwear.
Eyes and ears and mouth and underwear.
Head, shoulders, knees, underwear.
Knees, underwear.


The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi from A Young Children’s Concert with Raffi

“Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed” from The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog Snowy Day… and more stories by Mo Willems based on the book by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*


Book: Pants by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Nick Sharratt
Book: Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler (is he the underwear laureate of our time?)
Book: I’m Not a Pig in Underpants by Elwood H. Smith
Book: What Color is Your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd (I haven’t read this one yet, because we don’t have it in our system, but this flannelboard that Miss Sarah made is amazing!)
Book: Pirates Love Underpants (or Aliens… or Dinosaurs…) by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

A fun storytime, but I didn’t get quite as many giggles as I thought I might have.  I perhaps should have chosen some younger stories.  The idea of a zoo where animals wear underwear did seem pretty funny to them though.  And I really liked reading aloud One Big Pair… it has such a nice rhythm to it. “Naked Mole Rat” might have been a bit of a stretch for the video, but there aren’t a lot of good ones that I could find about underpants.  Plus, the Naked Mole Rat is wearing undies on the title page, and at the end the advertisement mentions underpants.  Good enough for me.  I need to remember to bring my bottle of water and keep it with me — my throat was getting kind of rough.

ATTENDANCE: 29 (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

Shopping at the Market – eStorytime

Something amazing happened at this storytime, dear readers.  There were no technical difficulties!  The wireless worked!  My iPad cooperated! The apps never froze!  This is all especially wonderful since our main tech guy was out today.  Hooray!

Opening Slide on Keynote:
Slide1 edited
I was thinking about no longer using the Powerpoint slides in between my presentation, but I really like putting up the words for the fingerplays and the rhymes so parents can sing along.  Maybe just do it for when I need it?

Come Along and Sing With me Slide
Come Along and Sing with Me

For this presentation, I actually deleted the text that says it’s to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” because I found that I kept singing it to the tune of “London Bridge”.


A Day in the Market story by May Tobias-Papa, illustrated by Isabel Roxas from Adarna house (iOS: $2.99; Android Free)

A wonderful story about a little Filipino girl and her trip to the market with her Nanay. You have to interact with the app in order to turn the page, and on some pages this can take a lot longer than others (especially the large market scene).  But, there is a lot to talk about while that is on the screen, so it didn’t feel too forced during the storytime.  Since my group was small today, I had the children tap and interact with the app during the sorting activity in the middle of the story and the cooking game at the end.  Once they touch the device though, that’s all they want to do.


“Five Little Cookies in the Bakery Shop”
(I found this rhyme via the King County Library System Site.  You should really watch their video because it is adorable.)

The rhyme seemed to be a big hit with the group.

Toca Store by Toca Boca (iOS; $2.99)
The kids help me set up a store together, each one got to pick out a few items they wanted to sell by actually tapping the iPad (The kids came running up to do this.  It only went as well as it did because we had so few children there.)  Then I played the customer and asked the group how much each item should cost.  We counted the money together.  Parents really wanted the purse when they found it magically supplied money for items if you didn’t have enough to buy it.

“Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill’s Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times


To Market, To Market
by Anne Miranda, illustrated by Janet Stevens


Nursery Rhyme with Storytime (iOS: FREE)

We read “This Little Piggy” from this app and did it together as a fingerplay as well.

Dino-Store by Roger Sedarat, illustrated by Trade Loeffler, from Bluemarker. 

This is such a fun and funny story — and it’s free!  Leo and his father go to the grocery store and are surprised when their large eggs hatch into dinosaurs on the way home!  The interaction of the story is subtle, but funny.



MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

APP: Just Grandpa and Me from Oceanhouse Media (iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle, HP TouchPad: $1.99)
APP: Five Little Monkeys go Shopping from appropos (iOS,$2.99)


This was a super fun storytime.  I only wish that we got more people attending!  Those who do come, however, seem to enjoy it.  And having only a few people come does me we get to interact more, so I suppose that is the trade off.

Thanks to the wonderful category page at Digital-Storytime that helps me come up with theme and app ideas.

ATTENDANCE: 5 people (children and adults)

*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

App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.