Giraffes – Preschool Storytime

When I was putting together my Spots and Dots storytime a while ago, I realized that a lot of the books I found were about giraffes!  I pulled them out and decided to give giraffes a whole storytime of their own.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:

Giraffes Ruin Everything by Heidi Schulz, illustrated by Chris Robertson

MOVEMENT:
I’m a Giraffe
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up overhead)
A big tall giraffe, I almost reach the sky (stand up on tip toes)
I eat the leaves from the tallest of trees (pretend to eat like giraffe, rub tummy)
And when I run I move with ease (run in place)
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up overhead)
Way… up… high! (stand on tip toes)

rhyme taken from: Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Count and Color Giraffes

idea taken from Making Learning Fun

Bring out one giraffe and ask the audience: “What color spots does this giraffe have?”
After the children answer sing this song:

(To the tune of “Mary Wore Her Red Dress”)
This giraffe has red spots,
red spots, red spots.
This giraffe has red spots.
Count them with me now.

Count the spots on the giraffe, then bring out another giraffe and repeat.

When you finish, bring out a blank giraffe and sing:
This giraffe has no spots,
no spots, no spots.
This giraffe has no spots.
No more spots to count.

But then I say, I do know one more thing we can count!  And we count the giraffes as I take them off the board.

It’s hard to see from my photo, but the spots my giraffes have are:
red
blue
green
orange
purple

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

BOOK:

Abigail by Catherine Rayner

VIDEO:
 

“Giraffes Can’t Dance” from Shrinking Violet… and more stories for young performers.  Based on the book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
  
Book: How Do You Say? ¿Cómo se dice? by Angela Dominguez
Book: One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail
Book: Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O’Neill
Book: The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory, illustrated by Mark Cleary
Book: The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergamann
DVD: A segment from Disney’s Animal World: Giraffes and Zebras
Flannelboard: I Saw a Giraffe Drive Flannelboard

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Fun with Friends at Storytime – Giraffe Wants a Snack! 
The Lion is a Bookworm – Storytime: Giraffes
storytime katie – Jungle!
Madison Public Library – PSST Zebras and Giraffes
Just Call Me Jamin – Giraffe Felt Board Story

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime!  Sometimes we get a pretty young group for our preschool storytimes, so I wasn’t sure if Giraffes Ruin Everything would be too old, but the kids and the adults seemed to laugh and enjoy themselves along with it. And all the dancing animals in Giraffes Can’t Dance brought giggles from the audience.

ATTENDANCE: 34 (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

Spots and Dots – Preschool Storytime

Since this storytime was the same week as my last infant and toddler storytimes, I just decided to carry on with the Spots and Dots Theme I used for those, but change it up slightly.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:

Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd

MOVEMENT:
I’m a Little Ladybug
I’m a little ladybug on the go (fly finger around)
Landing on an arm and then an elbow (touch arm, then elbow)
See me fly around and around your hand (circle hand with finger)
Then watch as on your thumb I land (touch ladybug finger to thumb)

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Five Green and Specked Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a hollow log
Eating the most delicious bugs.
Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool (remove one frog from the flannelboard)
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs.
Ribbit Ribbit!

Other verses:
Count down until there are no more frogs left.

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

BOOK:

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*

VIDEO:
 
“The Most Wonderful Egg in the World” from Giggle, Giggle, Quack …and more Funny Favorites. Based on the book written and illustrated by Helme Heine

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
    
Book: Abigail by Catherine Rayner
Book: Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman
Book: Spots in a Box by Helen Ward
Book: Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
Flannelboard: Pretty Ladybug
Video: “Giraffes Can’t Dance” from Shrinking Violet… and More Stories for Young Performers based on the book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Video: “The Dot” from The Dot…and More Stories to Make You Feel Good based on the book by Peter H. Reynolds (I think this would work better with school aged audiences, but putting it here so I remember)

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
slc book boy – The Most Wonderful Egg in the World Flannelboard
Jen in the Library – Spots and Dots – Infant Storytime
Jen in the Library – Spots and Dots – Toddler Storytime

HOW IT WENT:
I love that there are enough books on this topic that you could do it for such a wide range of ages.  Plus enough additional materials to make it work too.  You could also add in books on any type of animal with dots – cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, etc.  Yay for variety.

This was my first time reading Press Here in a group setting, and I wasn’t exactly sure how it would go.  I did have a gaffe where I pressed a dot to my left, instead of to the audience’s left, so I need to make sure and remember that the next time I tell the story.  It did make a few kids want to come up and touch the pages, but for the most part having the kids do the activities with me from their seats worked just fine.  I would use it again.

ATTENDANCE: 30 (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

Waiting – Preschool Storytime

I can’t wait for storytimes – it’s one of the best parts of being a children’s librarian.  But today, our storytime was all about waiting!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:
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Waiting by Kevin Henkes

MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
The Mouse and the Apple
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Idea and pattern taken from Mel’s Desk.
Based on the book by Stephen Butler, which we don’t have in our collection, so I found the words to the story thanks to this YouTube video from sheelahdog323.

It’s the story of a mouse, who waits for the apple to fall, while all his other animal friends lack the patience.

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

BOOK:
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Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

VIDEO:
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“Leo the Late Bloomer” from Splat the Cat… and Other Furry Friends. Based on the book by Robert Kraus, illustrated by Jose Aruego

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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Book: Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Ruth Chan
Book: Wait by Antoinette Portis
Book: Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki, illustrated by Komako Sakai
Book: If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, pictures by Erin E. Stead
Book: I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
DVD/Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Pleasingly Patient
taken from Hartford County Public Library
(tune: Are You Sleeping?)
I am patient.
I am patient.
Watch me wait.
Watch me wait. One, two, three, four, five,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
I can wait.
I am great!
The Mailbox Magazine, Preschool edition Aug/Sep 2010

HOW IT WENT:
I really liked this as a theme.  Originally I think I thought waiting would be a fun one because of I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda, and then the Henkes book.  But I thought I would try reading an Elephant and Piggie book in storytime, which (surprisingly) I hadn’t done before.  Of course it went over well and everyone loved it (How could they not?).

For preschool storytimes, I usually like my movements to be focused around my theme, but I didn’t find too many movements that worked with waiting or patience.  Since I’m in the thick of infant and toddler storytime, I used a few of my standbys from there, and they still seemed to work well with the preschool crowd.

I also like that there are enough books that I really like that I didn’t use, so I can repeat this theme, but use different materials.

ATTENDANCE: 49 (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

Rain – Preschool Storytime

Here in Southern California, winter doesn’t come with snow, but rain.  And when it does rain a lot, it’s very exciting to us desert and drought-dwellers.  So, this storytime was in honor of precipitation we received during the past week.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:
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Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

MOVEMENT:
Raindrops Falling
Raindrops, raindrops (wiggle fingers like rain)
Falling all around
Pitter-patter on the rooftops (tap fingers on head)
Pitter-patter on the ground (tap fingers on ground)

Here is my umbrella (form “umbrella” over head with arms)
It will keep me dry
When I’m walking in the rain,
I hold it up so high. (stretch hands above head)

PROP STORY:
Mushroom in the Rain
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adapted from the Russian of V. Suteyev by Mirra Ginsburg, with pictures by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey.

Thanks to the wonderful post on Read, Rhyme & Sing that gave me the idea to do this story as a prop story.

Following the example on Shawn’s wonderful blog, I crafted a “mushroom” using a plastic bowl and some queen size tan pantyhose. I cut a small hole in the bottom of the bowl.  Then, because I was using a plastic bowl, I covered the hole with book tape so the hose wouldn’t run. (If I was going to do this again, I would probably use a paper bowl, and a slightly larger size one.)

Next, I pulled the legs of the pantyhose up through the hole in the bottom of the bowl, leaving the gusset close to the hole.  I tied the legs of the pantyhose into a “stem” that I could grab on to.
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Then, I wrapped the waist of the pantyhose around the bowl, tucking the excess material that I would need for “mushroom growth” underneath the bowl.
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In the original story, it is an ant that takes shelter first under the mushroom in the rain.  We didn’t have an ant puppet, so I used a ladybug instead.  Below you can see the ladybug next to the mushroom for scale.
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Along comes the butterfly to see if she can shelter under the mushroom too.   After ladybug says yes, I put them both under the mushroom, tucking them inside the excess pantyhose waist.
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The comes mouse, who gets underneath (or stuffed in) as well.
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In the story, a sparrow is the next animal to join the group, but I substituted a hedgehog since we didn’t have a bird puppet available.
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Finally bunny hops up, worried that a predator coming after is out for him, hoping to hide with the group at the mushroom.  You want to hide him on the opposite side from the ladybug.
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In the book, the predator is a fox, but we used a bear.  I had the ladybug peek out to talk to the bear and convince him that of course the rabbit isn’t there.  (This is why you want the ladybug and rabbit on opposite sides, if possible).  The bear sniffs around, then ambles away.
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After the bear leaves, all the animals come out of hiding from under the mushroom.  And wonder how they all fit under the mushroom that once only sheltered ladybug.frog-puppet-jeninthelibrary
Frog hops up, laughing, and tells them the he knows what happens to mushrooms in the rain.
Then you ask the audience if they know.

THEY GROW!

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

BOOK:
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The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

MOVEMENT:
Raindrops Are Falling
(to the tune of “London Bridge”)
Little raindrops are falling down,      (wiggle fingers and move them down like rain)
falling down, falling down.
Little raindrops are falling down,
Falling to the ground.                     (tap fingers on the ground)

Bigger raindrops are falling down,
falling down, falling down.
Bigger raindrops are falling down,
Falling to the ground.                     (tap hands on the ground)

Other Verses:
Giant raindrops…    (stamp feet on the ground)
Fast raindrops…     (wiggle fingers and sing quickly)
Slow raindrops…    (wiggle fingers and sing slowly)
Teeny Tiny raindrops…    (use fingers only for rain and sing in a high pitched voice)

MOVEMENT:
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider
climbed up the water spout. (with pinky against opposite hand’s thumb move “spider” up)
Down came the rain (wiggle fingers down)
and washed the spider out. (make a motion like baseball SAFE)
Up came the sun (make a larger circle with arms, fingertips meeting, above head)
and dried up all the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider (with pinky against opposite hand’s thumb move “spider” up)
Went up the spout again.

VIDEO:
 LittleBearRainyDayTalesDVD
“Puddle Jumper” from Little Bear: Rainy Day Tales

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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Book: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Book: Puddle by Hyewon Yum
Book: Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson, illustrated by Steve Björkman
Book: The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book by Nancy Tafuri
Book: Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrated by Pam Paparone
Book: Boom! Big, Big Thunder & One Small Dog by Mary Lyn Ray, pictures by Steven Salreno

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Falling Flannelboards – Storytime: Rainy Days
Storytime Katie – Rainy Days!
State Library of Iowa – “Puddle Jumpers” Storytime Kit
Rain Makes Applesauce – What Will It Rain by Jane Moncure
Sunflower Storytime – Rainy Day Storytime

HOW IT WENT:
This was a really fun storytime.  I was a little worried about how Mushroom in the Rain would turn out, since it was my first time doing that as a prop story.  But, the kinds and parents laughed along and everyone seemed to have a good time.

ATTENDANCE: 23 (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

Foxes – Preschool Storytime

This week I schemed and came up with a fun fox-themed storytime for our preschool storytime.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

BOOK:
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Fox and the Jumping Contest by Corey R. Tabor

MOVEMENT:
Fox Has Got a Long Red Tail
(to the tune of: “Mary had a Little Lamb”)
Fox has got a long red tail,
Shake that tail, shake that tail!
Fox has got a long red tail,
Shake that tail now!

Other Verses:
Pointy nose… wiggle that nose
Two front paws… clap those paws
Two pointy ears… twitch those ears
Two bright eyes… blink those eyes
Long sharp teeth… bite those teeth

Rhyme taken from:  Storytime Sparks

FLANNELBOARD:
A-Hunting We Will Go
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Flannelboard taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.  She also has a version in her Mother Goose’s Playhouse.  Templates for this story found here.

A-hunting we will go,
A-hunting we will go.
We’ll take a fox,
Put him in a box,
And then we’ll let him go.

Other Verses:
Bear… sit her in a chair
Frog… put him on a log
Mouse… put her in a house
Whale… tickle his tail
Goat… put him in a boat.

At the end put all the animals on the board, and have the kids remember what we did with each.

MOVEMENT:
Foxy Loxy
Foxy Loxy touch your toes.
Foxy Loxy touch your nose.
Foxy Loxy pat your head.
Foxy Loxy go to bed.
Foxy Loxy wake up now.
Foxy Loxy take a bow.
Foxy Loxy touch the ground.
Foxy Loxy turn around.
Foxy Loxy sit back down.
Foxy Loxy don’t make a sound.

taken from Storytime Sparks

BOOK:
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Dinnertime! by Sue Williams, illustrated by Kerry Argent

MOVEMENT:
If You’re a Fox and You Know It
(to the tune of: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a fox and you know it, swish your tail.
If you’re a fox and you know it, swish your tail.
If you’re a fox and you know,
then you’ll really want to show it,
If you’re a fox and you know it, swish your tail.

Other verses:
– wiggle your nose
– show your claws
– say “yip yip yip”

taken from: Sunflower Storytime

VIDEO:
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“Rosie’s Walk” from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom …and Lots More Learning Fun! Based on the book by Pat Hutchins.

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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Book: Alone Together by Suzanne Bloom (or any of the Goose & Bear books that have Fox in it too.)
Book: One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian
Book: Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley, illustrated by Ivan Bates
Book: That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Book: Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox, illustrated by Patricia Mullins
Book: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
DVD: “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” from I’m Dirty!… and More Stories of Adventure and Science.

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Storytime Sparks – Fox Storytime
Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California – Foxes Storytime Ideas
Sunflower Storytime – Foxes
Yogibrarian – “Foxes” toddler storytime
Read It Again! – Story Time Fox
Storytime All-Stars – Foxes for Pre-School

HOW IT WENT:

I was really surprised that I hadn’t done a fox storytime yet!  I decided to do it after reading Tabor’s Fox and the Jumping Contest.  I was originally thinking of showing “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” as my video, but I seemed to get a bunch of younger children, so I decided to go with the shorter option.

I’m so thankful for other storytime bloggers out there — they helped so much with ideas for movements for this storytime!

ATTENDANCE: 20 (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

Bikes – Preschool Storytime

I’m trying to catch up on blogging about some of the storytimes I did this summer. Here’s one I presented on August 27 about bikes.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello”  by Kathy Reid-Naiman from Sally Go ‘Round the Sun: Songs and rhymes from the parent-child Mother Goose program

BOOK:
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Bike on, Bear! written by Cynthea Liu, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

MOVEMENT: The Wheels on the Bike
(to the tune of: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The wheels on the bike go round and round (roll hands over each other)
Round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bike go round and round
All through the town.

Other Verses:
The pedals on the bike go up and down (move feet up and down)
The streamers on the bike go swish, swoosh, swish (move hands in a swishing motion)…
The bell on the bike goes ding, ding, ding (pretend to ring a bell)
The basket on the bike holds all the things (make arms into a circle like a basket in front of you)
The handles on the bike go left and right (pretend hands on handlebar, steer left and right)….

Rhyme taken from:  Scott, Barbara A.  1,000 Fingerplays & Action Rhymes: A Sourcebook and DVD. New York: Neal-Schuman. 2010.

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

FLANNELBOARD:
If You Have a Color Bike
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Flannelboard idea taken from Storytime Katie.

I started with laminated bike images of different colors with velcro on the back in a container.  Children came up and picked a bike.  I told them to look at the bike, and then come up when I called the right color.  So we sang this song:

If you have a red bike,
a red bike, a red bike,
If you have a red bike
bring it to the board.

Substitute different colors for red.

Then we counted the number of each color bike we had.

Katie says that she uses the tune of “The Muffin Man” when she sings this, but mine morphed a little into “Mary Wore Her Red Dress”.

BOOK:
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New Red Bike! by James E. Ransome

VIDEO:
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“Duck on a Bike” from The Story About Ping …and Other Fine Feather Friends. Based on the book by David Shannon

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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Book: Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
Book: My Bike by Byron Barton
Book: Off We Go! A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand
Book: Froggy Rides a Bike by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
Book: Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best, pictures by Christine Davenier (more suited to school-aged kids)
Book: A Big Boy Now by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
Book: Ben Rides On by Matt Davies (better for school-aged kids)

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Storytime Katie – Bikes! 
The Best Kids Book Site – Bike Craft Idea
Sturgis Kids – Bicycle Storytime
Susan M. Dailey – Bicycles
Library Village – Preschool Story Time – Bikes

HOW IT WENT:

Bikes was a fun theme.  I had tried a similar flannelboard asking kids to come up and put things on the board with toddlers, but it felt like it went much more smoothly with the preschoolers.

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

Don’t & Never: Things You Shouldn’t Do – Preschool Storytime

I was looking through our new books, and realized that it seemed like there were a lot of ones coming out about things that shouldn’t happen or you should never do. I decided to use this as inspiration and came up with a new theme that I was pretty excited about, and presented this storytime last week.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:
When Your Elephant Comes to Play by Barba
When Your Elephant Comes to Play by Ale Barba

SONG/MOVEMENT: “Can’t Sit Still” by The Brian Waite Band from Can’t Sit Still

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

FLANNELBOARD:
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

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based on the book writte by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett.  Flannelboard inspired by Dana’s Hats Off to You Storytime on jbrary

I didn’t have time to make all the animals featured in the book, so I’m missing the pig and the sheep.

 

BOOK:
Don't Copy Me by Allen
Don’t Copy Me! by Jonathan Allen

VIDEO:
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“Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!” from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!… and more stories by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Don't Squish the Sasquatch Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Willems That is Not a good idea by willems Don't Wake Up Mama by Christelow Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Ireland Don't by Trochatos Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food by Shea Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by HicksNever Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner by Edwards Don't Laugh Joe by KaszaDon't Slam the Door by Chaconas

Book:Don’t Squish the Sasquatch by Kent Redeker, illustrated by Bob Staake
Book (or DVD): Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Book: That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Book: Don’t Wake Up Mama! (also called Five Little Monkeys Bake a Cake) by Eileen Christelow
Book: Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karin Ireland, illustrated by David Catrow
Book: Don’t by Litsa Trochatos, illustrated by Virginia Johnson (this one is a board book, but I think it’s large enough that it would work in a storytime)
Book: Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don’t Play with Your Food by Bob Shea
Book: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks, illustrated by Sue Hendra
Book: Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner by Gareth Edwwards & Guy Parker-Rees
Book: Don’t Laugh, Joe! by Keiko Kasza
Book: Don’t Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

HOW IT WENT:

This was a fun theme for a storytime, and I like that there are enough books to repeat the theme without using the same titles.

ATTENDANCE: 46 (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