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

Cats – Toddler Storytime

Meow Meow!  I thought we would start this session out with cat stories.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

INTRODUCTION: with Cat Hand Puppet from ArtFelt
CatPuppetcropped
I mentioned that I brought a friend along, then had the kitty wave to the kids, and the kids wave back.  I’m not super comfortable with puppets, but I’m trying!

BOOK:

Mama Cat has Three Kittens
 by Denise Fleming

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

COUNTING SONG:*
10CatsFeltboardwithlogo
10 Cats

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Kittens in the Bed
5KittensintheBedFeltboardwithlogo
(rhyme and pattern from page 116 of a book that I do not have the title of!  This flannelboard was one of my mom’s, colored by my dad, so I don’t know where it’s from)

(Adapted from “Ten in the Bed”)
There were five kittens in the bed,
And the little one said, “It’s crowded.  Roll over.”
So they all rolled over, and one fell out;

There were four kittens in the bed…
There were three kittens in the bed…
There were two kittens in the bed…

There was one kitten in the bed,
And the little one said, “I’m lonely.”

So they all got back in the bed,
And the little one said, “Good night!”

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin

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

VIDEO:

“The Truth About Puppies and Kittens” from The Poky Little Puppy and Friends

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Book: I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec
Book: Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin
Book: Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Sebastien Braun (or any Meeow book)

HOW IT WENT:
Every time I finish one session of infant toddler storytime I think, “I am going to find some new music to use with this group!”  And then the weeks go by, and I think about it, but I have so much other stuff that I am working on that I forget about it, then before you know it, it’s time to start storytime again.  So, while I didn’t revamp all my songs, I did decide to try out a new opener — and I think this one is going to work well.  (Which isn’t surprising.  All Kathy Reid-Naiman’s stuff is great.)  Also, Thumpy Feet worked really well with the toddler group. Before I began the story I told the group that we were going to pretend to be cats, and do the same things that Thumpy did.  Interactive fun!  The video wasn’t my favorite, but I wanted something rather short since it was the first storytime of the session and the kids are not used to sitting for so long.

EDITED TO ADD:  I had forgotten about this until I was writing my outline for the next storytime, but I did have a child upset because we didn’t do the Wheels on the Bus.  My fabulous colleague, Marie, who did the Summer session of infant toddler storytime would do that as a regular song with the kids, I think.  This kid really wanted to do the Wheels on the Bus on the Screen that we use for our films.  What do you do when your rotate storytellers?  Do you try to incorporate things that others do to provide continuity?  Or do you each do your own thing?  I felt kind of bad because he looked like I was breaking his heart.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  48 people      11 am: 51 people

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

Cats – Infant Storytime

I had so much fun at our cat eStorytime that I decided to continue with the theme for the beginning of our fall infant toddler storytime session.   Plus, I can’t believe it has been so long since I did a cat storytime for this age group!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Roly Poly*

BOOK:

Sleepy Kittens
 by Jill and Martin Leman

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Kittens in the Bed
5KittensintheBedFeltboardwithlogo
(rhyme and pattern from page 116 of a book that I do not have the title of!  This flannelboard was one of my mom’s, colored by my dad, so I don’t know where it’s from)

(Adapted from “Ten in the Bed”)
There were five kittens in the bed,
And the little one said, “It’s crowded.  Roll over.”
So they all rolled over, and one fell out;

There were four kittens in the bed…
There were three kittens in the bed…
There were two kittens in the bed…

There was one kitten in the bed,
And the little one said, “I’m lonely.”

So they all got back in the bed,
And the little one said, “Good night!”

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

BOOK:

I Love Cats
 by Barney Saltzberg

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Hey Diddle Diddle
HeyDiddleDiddleFeltboardcropped
Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed, to see such a sight.
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

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:
 
Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Sebastien Braun (or any Meeow book)
Brownie and Pearl Hit the Hay by Cynthia Rylant, pictures by Brian Biggs (or any Brownie & Pearl book)

HOW IT WENT:
Although I presented this storytime just yesterday, it feels like forever ago.  I forget how tiring our 3 back-to-back infant-toddler-toddler storytime days are.

ATTENDANCE: 50 people

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

Cats – eStorytime

Today was my second-ever eStorytime!  I learned a lot from the first one, so this one went a lot more smoothly.  Sometimes you just have try something out and learn from your mistakes.

Opening Slide on Keynote:
Slide1 edited
I discovered that Keynote can do the exact thing that I was using Slide Shark to do last month.  I just emailed a copy of my PowerPoint slides to myself, and then opened them using Keynote.  Right now it is still easier for me to use PowerPoint on my work computer to get everything figured out, but maybe in the future I will just create things directly in Keynote.  I also created more slides this time for the slide show, because I wanted to make sure I didn’t have dead air time on the screen where the AppleTV settings came up, or worse the screen saver.  (The screen saver we had last time was set to cute animals.  No one pays attention to a book being read when there are cute animals on the screen.)

APP:
Free Animal Sounds - LionFree Animal Sounds - JaguarFree Animal Sounds CougarFree Animal Sounds - Cat]
Free Animal Sounds by Hakim Boukhatem (iOS: Free)
Before I announced the storytime theme for today, I said we were going to play a game. I turned off the mirroring element of the iPad, and held the iPad it towards me, then played the animal sound of a lion.  I had the kids try to guess what made that sound.  Then I turned the iPad around to show them the picture.  I did this for these four different animals, then asked what they had in common — they were all cats!.  Some of the sounds can be a little scary, so you may want to test them out before doing with really little ones.  And it’s harder to guess a real animal noise than you might think!  While I wish this app didn’t have banner advertising along the bottom, I do like it because it has large enough pictures that an audience can see on the iPad screen itself.  I also like that the sound is the only thing that plays — not the animal’s name, thus making a game like this possible.

APP:
Present For Milo Screenshot

A Present for Milo.  Written and Illustrated by Mike Austin.  from Ruckus Mobile Media. (iOS: $2.99)
In this delightful book app Milo the cat and mouse are having a fun chase around the house.  I just wish there was an option to turn off the narration of the story, but still retain the sound effects.  Since, as of this writing, there isn’t, I just muted the iPad and read the story at my own pace.  This worked perfectly.  There are lots of places to click to find more mice hiding throughout the story, and many interactive elements.  Since you can only use one interactive element at a time, they do sometimes feel slow to load.

FINGERPLAY:
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“Ten Little Kittens”
(I don’t know where I got this rhyme from, it’s been so long. Forgive me for not giving credit.)

APP:
Sago Mini IntroSago Mini Pet Cafe LandingSago Mini Pet Cafe Cat Game
Sago Mini Pet Cafe by Sago Mini (iOS: $2.99)
Such a fun app!  For this, we entered the Pet Cafe then, since we were having a storytime about cats, we tapped on the Cat game. I had children count up the pieces of toast as I added them to the plate, then we figured out who wanted to eat them together.  Since I only had 3 kids in the group this time, I also walked up to each of the kids with the iPad and let them move the toast to who should eat it.  Fun!

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

PRINT BOOK:

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

APP:
Cat Noises Feltboard editedGreat Big Cat Felt Board edited

Felt Board by Software Smoothie (iOS: $2.99)

On the Felt Board App, we did two different activities.

First, I had a few different cats set up, and then we made the sounds for each cat:
The tiny little kittens go mew, mew, mew
The tom cat goes Meow
The cat with the fiddle goes Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle
And the big jungle cat goes ROAR.

Next, I had a scene set up with a house, a large cat, and a tiny mouse and we did the following rhyme:

GREAT BIG CAT and TEENY LITTLE MOUSE
There was a GREAT BIG CAT
(Say “great big cat” in a big voice, make one hand be the cat)
and a TEENY LITTLE MOUSE
(Say “teeny little mouse” in a small squeaky voice, have other hand be small mouse)
Who ran around and around (Roll cat and mouse around each other)
in a tall, tall house! (Stretch arms above head)
Until that TEENY LITTLE MOUSE (Say “teeny little mouse” in a small squeaky voice)
got caught at last (Have cat catch mouse)
Because that GREAT BIG CAT (Say the “great big cat” in a big voice)
ran around so fast! (Roll cat and mouse around each other real fast)
(Rhyme from ArtFelt.  They also have an amazing puppet set to go with it.)

APP:
Bean's Night TitleBean's Night Page
Bean’s Night.  Words by Sarah Hines Stephens, Picture by Anna Grossnickle Hines. from appropos. (iOS, Android, Nook $1.99)
All of the Bean apps from appropos are great for storytime.  You have the option of turning the narration off, yet the fun sound effects still remain.  They are based on board books, so the text is quite limited, but the story was so charming that the 3-5 year olds seemed just fine with it.

APPS WE SHARED SLIDE:
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MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

APP: Bean’s Baby from appropos (iOS, Android: FREE)
APP: Bean’s Games from appropos (iOS, Android: $1.99)
APP: Scruffy Kitty from wingedchariot (iOS: $4.99)  I like this app, I just wish there was an option to turn off the narration!

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:

Technology-wise, this eStorytime went much better than my first.  Taking my own suggestion, I asked our technology guy to sit in on this one, just to make sure everything was running fine.  And of course, nothing went wrong, probably because he was there.  But, I’ll take that!  I also realized that turning off iPad’s sleep mode and requiring a login upon starting was probably a good idea.  Oh!  And during a practice session I realized it’s also a good idea to turn off all notifications for the iPad — don’t want any Facebook messages popping up during storytime.  Of course, this all could be avoided if I used the professional iPad instead of my own personal one, but I like the ease of being able to practice with my own whenever I want, and adding new apps as I find them.

Also learning from last time, I put a slide of the cover of Kitten’s First Full Moon up on the screen behind it while I read the story — no adorably cute animal screen-savers this time.  At the end of storytime, our tech guy let me know there was actually a button on the projector that lets you set the screen to blank, without fully turning off the projector.  I think I will try this next time.  There’s also a button for blank screen and muted sound.  So helpful to know, and I wouldn’t have found it on my own.

We had a much smaller group of people at this one — only 6 people.  I think we ran out of flyers.  Must print some more.

Here’s looking forward to next month!

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

All app prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since.

Cats – Preschool Storytime

Today’s preschool storytime was an homage to fabulous felines!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song

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

BOOK:
 
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

THEMED MOVEMENT:
5 Little Kittens
5 Little kittens, standing in a row  (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so  (“nod” fingers)
They run to the left, they run to the right  (move hand left and right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight  (lift hand up)
Along comes a dog, who’s looking for some fun (move other fist towards fingers)
MEOW!  See those 5 kittens run! (hide fingers behind back)

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

FLANNELBOARD:
“I Had a Cat”

Song and Patterns taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra

I had a cat, my cat pleased me,
I fed my cat under yonder tree,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee!

I had a pig, my pig pleased me,
I fed my pig under yonder tree,
Pig goes oink-oink,
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee!

Continue in the same manner with all the other animals.

Before beginning the flannelboard story I asked all the kids what sound a cat makes.  Then I brought up that if I cat has a fiddle like this one (and placed the cat on the board), then the sounds it makes is “fiddle-i-fee”!  This helped prep the fact that the cat wasn’t going to be saying what you expected it to.  Depending on your group size it may make sense to change the number of animals you use during the story.

PUPPETS:
Great Big Cat and Teeny Tiny Mouse

I purr-chased (sorry, I couldn’t resist) these beautiful puppets from ArtFelt.  Here’s the rhyme that goes with them:

There was a GREAT BIG CAT  (say “great big cat” in a big voice)
and a Teeny Little Mouse   (say “teeny little mouse” in a small squeaky voice)
Who ran around and around  (Roll hands with cat and mouse around each other)
In a tall, tall house!   (Stretch arms above head)
Until that teeny tiny mouse  (say “teeny little mouse” in a small squeaky voice)
got caught at last   (have cat catch mouse)
Because that GREAT BIG CAT  (say “great big cat” in a big voice)
ran around so fast!   (Roll hands with cat and mouse around each other)

BOOK:

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

MOVEMENT: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

VIDEO:

“Splat the Cat” from Splat the Cat…and Other Furry Friends!

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over