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

BOOK:

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.
YES!

FLANNELBOARD:

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.

BOOK:

The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach

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

VIDEO:
 
“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*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
    

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

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
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

Hats – Toddler Storytime

I subbed in storytime today for a colleague who was at CLA.  We celebrated the wonder that is hats.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Silly Little Goose!
by Nancy Tafuri

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Hats Flannelboard
Hats

FLANNELBOARD:
Hats of Every Color
Hats of Every Color Flannelboard
Taken from Totline Magazine March/April 2000 issue pages 25-26

I’m a clown, a jolly fellow
My hat is the color yellow.
When I fight fires, I protect my head
My hat is the color red.
I catch robbers, here’s a clue:
My hat is the color blue.
I had rabbits in my magic hat
My hat is the color black.
I’m a chef, I cook just right
My hat is the color white.
I’m a king, my crown is old
It’s a shiny shade of gold.

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

MOVEMENT:
A Tall Hat
(pretend to put each of these different hats on)
A tall hat
A small hat
A big hat
A cap
Now I’ll take my hats off
And put them in my lap

BOOK:

Brownie and Pearl See the Sights by Cynthia Rylant

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

VIDEO:

“Hats for Everyone” from Baby’s First Word Stories: Get Dressed

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Book: Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris
Book: Who Took the Farmer’s Hat by Joan L. Nodset
Book: Which Hat is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Book: Hat by Paul Hoppe (Not sure if this one is too old, but it might be worth a shot.)

HOW IT WENT:
Storytime went pretty well.  Last time I did a hat storytime, I actually brought a hat that looked like a flower pot in.  I asked the kids what it was, and they all said, “Flowers!”  “What do you think today’s storytime will be about?” “Flowers!” they said.  Then I showed them that it was a special flower pot because it was also – a hat!  I forgot to bring in a hat today, and I think I need to for next time around.  I liked using “A Tall Hat” between the movement and reading a story, because it helped settle the kids down after they had gotten a little bit rowdy.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  35 people      11 am: 32 people

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

Hats – Infant Storytime

My colleague was at CLA today, so I got to sub for her at today’s infant and toddler storytimes.  I always worry when I jump in for someone for just one week that our storytimers will be disappointed by the change.  But flexibility is a virtue, right?

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:

Ten Cats Have Hats by Jean Marzollo

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Hats of Every Color
Hats of Every Color Flannelboard

Taken from Totline Magazine March/April 2000 issue pages 25-26

I’m a clown, a jolly fellow
My hat is the color yellow.
When I fight fires, I protect my head
My hat is the color red.
I catch robbers, here’s a clue:
My hat is the color blue.
I had rabbits in my magic hat
My hat is the color black.
I’m a chef, I cook just right
My hat is the color white.
I’m a king, my crown is old
It’s a shiny shade of gold.

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

BOOK:

Brownie and Pearl See the Sights
by Cynthia Rylant

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

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

FLANNELBOARD:
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

12BuckleMyShoeFlannelboard
Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

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:

Book: Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris


HOW IT WENT:
It was a fun storytime, though I think I used most of the same materials that I did in a hat storytime back in 2010 or so.  I need to look for some more good hat books for this age group if I want to continue doing this storytime.  Anyone have any great suggestions?

ATTENDANCE: 49 people

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

Getting Dressed – Toddler Storytime

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider*

COUNTING SONG:*

Shirts

FLANNELBOARD:
How Do I Put It On?

Pattern and Song from 2′s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Adapted from the book How Do I Put it On? by Shigeo Watanabe

My friend bear wants to get dressed by himself.  But I think he may need your help.
He puts on his shirt.  (Place shirt flannelboard piece on bear’s legs.)
Is that where his shirt goes? (Wait for audience to respond No.)
NO?  Where does it go? (Wait for audience to respond)
Oh, over his head!  (Place shirt correctly on bear.)


Continue this with all the pieces of clothing untill bear is fully, and correctly, dressed.


Ok, so bear has his hat, shirt, pants, and shoes!  He is ready to go!

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

BOOK:

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling & Deborah Hembrook

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

VIDEO:

“Iggy Gets Dressed” from Baby’s First Word Stories: Get Dressed

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:
  
Whose Shoes? by Margaret Miller
Which Hat is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
 
Time to Get Dressed! by Elivia Savadier
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin (must also make a flannelboard of this)
Hello, Sun! by Dayle Ann Dodds

HOW IT WENT:
How Do I Put it On? is one of my favorite flannelboard stories ever.  It’s so cute to see the kids chime in and tell you how you should correctly dress the bear.  I used to worry about making sure I had the wording correct from the book/flannelboard script, but now I just kind of play it by ear as we dress the bear together.  Plus, I think it’s one of my prettiest flannelboards.  I always think that Ella Sarah Gets Dressed will be too long to read to the kids, but they are usually pretty good with it.  Maybe because it captures a child’s mindset so well.  And this was my first time reading the new book Clotheslines Clues and that one went really well too!

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  39 people      11 am: 31 people

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

Getting Dressed – Infant Storytime

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

BOOK:

Under My Hood I Have a Hat 
by Karla Kuskin

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

FLANNELBOARD:
How Do I Put It On?

Pattern and Song from 2’s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz and Dick Wilmes
Adapted from the book How Do I Put it On? by Shigeo Watanabe

My friend bear wants to get dressed by himself.  But I think he may need your help.
He puts on his shirt.  (Place shirt flannelboard piece on bear’s legs.)
Is that where his shirt goes? (Wait for audience to respond No.)
NO?  Where does it go? (Wait for audience to respond)
Oh, over his head!  (Place shirt correctly on bear.)


Continue this with all the pieces of clothing untill bear is fully, and correctly, dressed.


Ok, so bear has his hat, shirt, pants, and shoes!  He is ready to go!

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

BOOK:

Whose Shoes? by Margaret Miller

TICKLE: These Are Baby’s Fingers*

NURSERY RHYME:
The Old Woman

Rhyme by Beatrix Potter,  and patterns and rhyme found in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.

You know the old woman who lived in a shoe?
And had so many children’s she didn’t know what to do?
I think that if she lived in a little shoe-house
That old woman was surely a …mouse!

Place the mouse behind the shoe for the first part of the rhyme.  When you reveal that it is a mouse, lift the shoe!

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*

HOW IT WENT:
I think Under My Hood I Have a Hat is a good book to use, however I had more mixed results with Whose Shoes?  Of course, I didn’t expect my infants to join in and guess, but I do think the big bright pictures are good for little ones, and I like that a baby’s shoe is included.  However, I do think it was a little long for the infants, so I cut out “ballet shoes”.  This was my first time using “These are Baby’s Fingers” as a tickle, and I think that one was a hit.  Also, I really need to remake my the shoe for The Old Woman — it’s just too dark to be seen on our black flannelboard.

ATTENDANCE: 28 people

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