Shapes. I just noticed that all three of my latest storytimes have themes that begin with the letter ‘S’.
SONG: Welcome Song
MOVEMENT: “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*
MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
Counting time, it’s counting time
So let’s all sing a simple rhyme
Ten little squares here we go
Let’s all count them as I put them in rows.
Ten little squares, again we go
Now let’s count them nice and slow
Ten little squares, in neat rows
Let’s count them as away they go
The story starts out with Frog, happy in her favorite hat. Then along comes a wind and whisks the hat away. Before Frog has a chance to get her hat back, the very large Elephant sits on it.
But the orange that Frog brings is not enough. Soon Elephant wants a delicious triangle (a sandwich), a rectangle (chocolate bar), a circle within a circle (a bagel in the book, but I changed it to a donut because it was easier to convey in flannel), and then something round inside of something triangular (an ice cream cone).
None of these satisfy Elephant, and he wants a nap. But when Frog asks Elephant to move his bottom, he demands something to eat in a… special shape.
MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*
MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over
Book: What Shape? by Debbie MacKinnon and Anthea Sieveking
Book: Shoes Shoes Shoes by Ann Morris
Book: Ship Shapes written by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Siobhan Bell
Book: Shape by Shape by Suze MacDonald
Book: Up Close by Gay Wegerif (May be a stretch, but it seems so fun!)
Book: Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop, illustrated by William Joyce
DVD: “Build a Birdhouse” and “Shape Train” from Curious Buddies: Let’s Build
Flannelboard: Ship Shape
THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I’m not sure I picked the best stories for this storytime. They all felt like they may be better suited to a preschool storytime, rather than a toddler time. Or maybe I should have just skipped over a few pages. It was just an off day today in storytime, as some of them are.
I was really surprised how well the video worked though. Doodle Baby seemed really soothing, and the kids seemed to enjoy it.
ATTENDANCE: 10 am: 47 people 11 am: 39 people
* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page