Dads – Toddler Storytime

I stepped in to for an ill coworker last week to do infant toddler storytime.  While I am not glad she was sick, I’m glad I got a chance to do a Dad storytime, since I did one featuring Mothers a month ago.  It felt like it evened things out a bit.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
Daddies by Prap
Daddies by Lila Prap

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Ties Flannelboard Logo Cropped
10 Ties (even though not all dads, or only dads, wear them)

FLANNELBOARD:
D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 1 Logo CroppedD-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 2 Logo CroppedD-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 3 Logo Cropped
D-A-D-D-Y
Idea taken from What Happens in Storytime.

(to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O)
There is a man I love a lot
And Daddy is his name-o.
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o

For the next verse, replace the D with a hand to represent a clap.
There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o.

Repeat until you are clapping for all 5 letters.

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

 

VIDEO:
Peppa Pig Flying a Kite DVD
“Daddy Loses his Glasses” from Peppa Pig Flying a Kite and Other Stories

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Oh Daddy! by Shea Daddy Book by Parr Piglet and Papa by Wild

Book: Oh, Daddy! by Bob Shea
Book: The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
Book: Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Stephen Michael King

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Jen in the Library – Dads Toddler Storytime 07-14-2015

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Dads are fun for storytime, I just wish I had more time when planning so I could have gotten some of the other great books that are out there and perfect for this age group.

I only did one book at this storytime so I could sign kids up for our Summer Reading Program that had started earlier that week.  Daddies was a great book, though and we had fun acting like all the different animals mentioned in the story.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  40 people      11 am: 48 people

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

Dads – Infant Storytime

My coworker was sick last week, so I got to step in an do Infant Toddler storytimes again.  Since Father’s Day was coming up on Sunday, we focused on Dads!

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: I’m Bouncing*
I’m bouncing, bouncing everywhere (bounce baby gently on lap)
I bounce and bounce into the air (lift baby up from lap)
I’m bouncing, bouncing like a ball (bounce baby on lap again) 
I bounce and bounce
And then down I fall! (guide baby down between legs)

BOOK:
Up by George
Up! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Hush Little Baby Flannelboard with logo
Hush Little Baby
taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra

Hush little baby, don’t say a word,
Papa’s gonna buy you a mockingbird.
If that mockingbird won’t sing,
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring
If that diamond ring turns brass,
Papa’s gonna buy you a looking glass.
If that looking glass gets broke,
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat.
If that billy goat won’t pull,
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull.
If that cart and bull turn over,
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover.
If that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart.
If that horse and cart fall down,
you’ll still be the sweetest little baby in town.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

TICKLE: These are Baby’s Fingers*

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:
Faster! Faster! by Patricelli Where's My Daddy by Watanabe Daddy Hugs by Tafuri
Book: Faster! Faster! by Leslie Patricelli
Book: Where’s My Daddy? adapted from a story by Shigeo Watanabe, pictures by Yasuo Ohtomo
Book: Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri

HOW IT WENT:
You’ll find that this storytime bears a striking resemblance to the earlier Dad-themed storytime I’ve done.  This is mostly because I learned I was doing storytime the day before and a lot of the dad books had already been checked out by then.

Also, this storytime doesn’t have a second book because I cut things a little short so we could sign the kids up for our Summer Reading Program which started that week.

ATTENDANCE: 31 people (adults and kids)

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

Boats – eStorytime

Summer eStorytime came a lot faster than I anticipated!  (Doesn’t everything in the summer-library-world come faster than anticipated?), so I decided to stick with a theme I had done, and just make it digital.  This was my eStorytime from 6/10/2016.

Opening Slide on Keynote:
Slide1 edited

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

APP:
APP - Build and Play 3dAPP - Build and Play 3d logoapp - build and play1app-Build and play 3d2

Build and Play 3D from Croco Studios ( iOS, Samsung, Android)

To start things off we began by building a toy boat!  I had the kids try to put the different pieces of the boat together.

eBook/APP:
APP - A Shark Knocked on My DoorApp - A Shark Knocked on My Door 1 App - A Shark Knocked on My Door Logo
A Shark Knocked on My Door from Mighty Yeti ($2.99 iOS, Android, Kindle)

On a rainy day, a boy and his grandma build a boat to sail down the streams on the street, only to have it fall down the gutter.  Imagine their surprise when a shark knocks on the door to return it!

This story felt a little long for the group I had, so I shorted it by just reading until the Shark says he has to leave for pizza dinner, and didn’t share the undersea adventures portion.  It worked just fine that way.

MOVEMENT:
My Little Sailboat
Slide3

PRINT BOOK:
Mr Gumpys Outing by BurninghamSlide4

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

APP:
App - Boats Sago Mini 1 App - Boats Sago Mini Logo

Boats from Sago Mini ( $2.99: iOS, Android, Kindle)

Sago Mini’s Boats is, just like all Sago Mini apps, wonderful.  In this one, you help Harvey the dog choose his boat, and then float along to visit his friends at different islands.  Once we reached the island, I had kids help with whichever activity we found there

APP:
 App - Flannelboard - Five Little ShipsFelt Board app Logo
Felt Board from Software Smoothie ($2.99; iOS)
I used Felt Board to recreate the rhyme “5 Sailboats” taken from Felt Board Ideas

Five Little Boats
5 little boats went out one day
Over the waves and far away
With the wind they began to rock
And one little boat returned to the dock.

4 little boats….

I started with the five pirate ships (those were the only boats I could find on the app) on the mostly blue background.  (They also have a lovely shoreline one, but that was harder to fit all five ships on.)  Each time a boat returned to the dock, I just deleted it from the board.

eBook/APP:
App - Boats by Barton 1 APP - Boats by Barton logo
Boats by Byron Barton from Oceanhouse Media ($1.99; iOS)

A classic transportation book comes to life as an app.  My group for this storytime skewed younger, so this app seemed like a good fit.

MOVEMENT:
Slide5

These were two takes on the same melody.  It was fun!

APP:
App - Fiete 1 App - Fiete logoApp - Fiete 2

Fiete by Ahoiii ($2.99 iOS, Android)

Fiete is a sailor.  Kids choose different icons on the screen, and then help Fiete with some simple tasks.  I had each child take a turn choosing one of the icons, and then completing the associated activity.  Again, this app is a good one for younger children.

MOVEMENT: “Storytime’s Over”*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
App - Finns Paper Hat Logo App - How I Became a Pirate logo

APP: Finn’s Paper Hat by Tizio BV ($2.99, iOS)
APP: How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon from Oceanhouse Media ($3.99, iOS)

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:
Like all my eStorytimes, this one was small, but it was still bigger than some of the ones I’ve had in the past.  And, since I want the kids to interact with my iPad, it’s probably better that it doesn’t get too big.  I think the kids and parents had a good time, and one of the parents asked about the different apps we used, which i I think is always a good sign.

ATTENDANCE: 6 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

Please note: App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. All prices taken from the iOS app price.  There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.

Special thanks to Digital Storytime for their wonderful app reviews by subject, that make putting together a themed eStorytime much easier.

Pandas – Preschool Storytime

A few weeks ago I did Infant and Toddler storytimes featuring pandas.  While searching for books, I found that a lot of the ones featuring pandas were better suited for preschoolers.  So why not recycle the theme, but with new books?  I presented this storytime on 6/4/16.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

BOOK:
Birthday at the Panda Palace by Calmenson
Birthday at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calmenson, illustrated by Doug Cushman

SONG/MOVEMENT:
Panda Bear, Panda Bear
Panda bear, panda bear turn around.
Panda bear, panda bear touch the ground.
Panda bear, panda bear show your shoe.
Panda bear, panda bear say “How do you do?”
Panda bear, panda bear turn off the light.
Panda bear, panda bear say “Good-night.”
Panda bear, panda bear wake up now.
Panda bear, panda bear take a bow.

FLANNELBOARD:
P-A-N-D-A
P-A-N-D-A flannelboard 1 name P-A-N-D-A flannelboard 2 name P-A-N-D-A flannelboard 3 name

There is a bear that likes bamboo
and Panda is its name-o
P-A-N-D-A
P-A-N-D-A
P-A-N-D-A
and Panda is its name-o.

(Turn over the letter P so that the panda side is showing.  Let everyone know when they see the Panda they should clap.)

There is a bear that likes bamboo
and Panda is its name-o
Clap-A-N-D-A
Clap-A-N-D-A
Clap-A-N-D-A
and Panda is its name-o.

Continue until all Pandas face out and you are clapping for the whole song.

MOVEMENT:
Panda Pokey
taken from Sturgis Kids – Panda Storytime

You put your snout in
You put your snout out
You put your snout in
And you shake it all about
You do the panda pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about.

Other verses:
Black ears…
White tummy…
Panda paws…
Black tail…

MOVEMENT: Grandma’s Spectacles*

BOOK:
Where My Feet Go by Sif
Where My Feet Go by Birgitta Sif

VIDEO:
Max and Ruby's Halloween DVD
“Ruby’s Panda Prize” from Max and Ruby’s Halloween

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Please Mr Panda by Antony Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See by Carle If you were a Panda Bear by MinorPanda Bear and Polar Bear by Baek Chu's Day by GaimanChengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Saltzberg Xander's Panda Party

Book:Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
Book: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle
Book: If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell and Florence Minor
Book:Panda and Polar Bear by Matthew J. Baek
Book: Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
Book: Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg
Book: Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Matt Phelan (This would probably work better with an older audience, but I wanted to include it so I don’t forget.)

ATTENDANCE: 43 (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

Geese – Toddler Storytime

When I started thinking of storytime themes, I thought there might be enough books out there to do a storytime about geese.  This storytime was presented on 5/31/2016.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for “GOOSE”
asl - goose
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
Silly Suzy Goose by Horacek
Silly Suzy Goose by Petr Horácek

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Geese Flannelboard name
10 Geese

FLANNELBOARD:
Goosey Goose Colors Flannelboard name
Goosey Goose Colors
taken from Magical Library Book Bug

Goosey, goosey gander
Please come play with me.
Goosey, goosey “red” goose
Join the flock and me.

Pass out geese to all the children.  Then, recite the rhyme and have the children holding that color goose come up and place it on the flannelboard.  When they are done, recite the rhyme again, substituting the color red for another color.  Continue this until you’ve gone through all the colored geese that you have.

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

BOOK:
Duck and Goose Let's Dance by Hills
Duck & Goose Let’s Dance by Tad Hills, Original Song by Lauren Savage and Ross Gruet

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

VIDEO:
Everybunny Loves Winter DVD
“Duck, Duck, Goose” from  Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Winter!

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Gossie by Dunrea   Look Out Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek Silly Little Goose by Tafuri Splendid Friend Indeed by Bloom

Book: Gossie by Olivier Dunrea (the Padded Board Book version, it’s bigger)
Book: Look Out, Suzy Goose by Petr Horácek
Book: Silly Little Goose! by Nancy Tafuri
Book: A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom (or any of the Bear and Goose books by Bloom)
Flannelboard: Three Eggs in a Basket (but change the duck to the goose.  The pieces look similar enough that I don’t think anyone would notice.)

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Magical Library Book Bug –  Duck, Duck, Goose Preschool Storytime
Librarian vs Storytime – Down by the Bay Flannelboard (I think this one might be fun to use with preschoolers, if I ever repeat the theme.)

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Duck & Goose Let’s Dance is a board book, but I thought since I could do an activity with it (have the kids dance as instructed by the book), the size might not matter.  It seemed to work pretty well, and I would do it again.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  33 people      11 am: 29 people

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

Geese – Infant Storytime

I don’t know why, but I decided that I should do a goose storytime!  Let the HONKing begin!  I presented this one as the last storytime in my Spring 2016 session on 5/31/2016.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCES:
To Market, To Market*
Trot Trot to Boston*
The Grandfather Clock*

SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “GOOSE”
asl - goose
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
Gossie by Dunrea
Gossie
by Olivier Dunrea

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Goosey Goosey Gander
idea taken from the Mother Goose on the Loose Feltboard App and this image found during a google search.  I found it on the Middleburg-Clay Hill Library Pinterest Page, but I couldn’t find the original source.
Goosey Goosey Gander Flannelboard name

Goosey Goosey Gander
Where do you wander?
Upstairs (move goose up the stairs)
and downstairs (move goose down the stairs)
and in my lady’s chamber.

BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music 

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
Silly Little Goose by Tafuri
Silly Little Goose! by Nancy Tafuri

TICKLES:
Round and Round the Garden*
See the Little Mousie*
Round the World*

NURSERY RHYME:
12BuckleMyShoeFlannelboard
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
(Pattern taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, knock on the door.
Five, six, pick up sticks.
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

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:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

HOW IT WENT:
Gossie might have been a little long for the infants, but I think the parents enjoyed it.  I was happy that I found a slightly larger board book version of this, because it’s hard to read Dunrea’s goose books in storytime since they are all so small.  It’s the Padded Board Book size seen here (though I got my copy from my local bookstore), so it’s 8.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches instead of the hardback’s 6 x 0.4 x 6 inches size.  I don’t know how much of a difference those two inches made, but it made me feel better about sharing it.

ATTENDANCE: 24 people (adults and kids)

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

Cats – Toddler Storytime

Toddler Storytime for 5/24/16. I planned this storytime a little late in the game.  Thank goodness for all the wonderful blogs out there that help with storytime planning!  Be sure to check out the ones I mention in the more resources section.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for CAT
asl - cat
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:

I See Kitty by Surovec
I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNTING SONG:*
10CatsFeltboardwithlogo
10 Cats

FLANNELBOARD:
Pete the Cat Flannelboard 1 namePete the Cat Flannelboard 2 namePetetheCatandhisFourGroovyButtonsbyLitwin
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
based on the book by Eric Litwin, illustrated and created by James Dean

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

BOOK:
Cat Nap by Yuly
Cat Nap by Toni Yuly

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

VIDEO:
GoodNightMaisyDVD
“Meow” from  Good Night Maisy 

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Fleming Kitty's Cuddles by Cabrera Meeow and the Little Chairs by Braun I Don't Want a Cool Cat by Dodd Kitty Cat Kitty Cat Are You Going to Sleep by Martin Cat Skidoo by Roberts Matilda's Cat by Gravett

Book: Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
Book: Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Book: Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun (or any Meeow book)
Book: I Don’t Want a Cool Cat! by Emma Dodd
Book: Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep? by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant (This would be a good book for 2 voices)
Book: Cat Skidoo by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by R. W. Alley
Book: Matilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Jen in the Library – Toddler Storytime – Cats – 10-16-2014
Library Village – Preschool Storytime Cats
Welcome to Storytime – Cats!
Literary Commentary: Toddler Storytime – Cats
storytime katie – cats!
Abby the Librarian – Spring Storytime: Cats
Rachel Kohl Library – Storytime with Ms. Katie Cats

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  37 people      11 am: 32 people

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