Kites – Toddler Storytime

When things get blustery – fly a kite!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

Kite Day
by Will Hillenbrand

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

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Kites Flannelboard
Kites

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Colorful Kites
Five Colorful Kites
(template and pattern adapted from page 55 of some book, but I got this flannelboard from my mom, so I don’t know which one.  Dental floss was used as the “thread” for the kite tails.)

Way up high in the sky so blue,
5 (4, 3, 2, 1) little kites flew and flew.
The wind blew hard (blow hard),
The wind blew loud (say “wooooo”),
The wind blew the little red (yellow, blue, green, orange) kite
Off to the clouds! (remove the appropriately colored kite).

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

Kite Flying  by Grace Lin

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

VIDEO:

“Flying a Kite” from Peppa Pig: Flying a Kite and Other Stories

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS IDEAS:

Book: The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
Book: What’s the Magic Word? by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Marsha Winborn
Book: While You Were Chasing a Hat by Lilian Moore, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger

TO ADAPT FOR OLDER AUDIENCES:

Book: Super Duck by Jez Alborough
Book: Windblown by Edouard Manceau
Book: Something Bigger by Jonathan Emmett

HOW IT WENT:
Well.  For this audience, I think Kite Flying was the better of the two books.  I love Peppa Pig.  Those are some silly videos.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  41 people      11 am: 32 people

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

Kites – Infant Storytime

Since it’s (almost) spring, it seemed time for a kite storytime!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*

BOOK:

Kite Flying by Grace Lin

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Colorful Kites
Five Colorful Kites
(template and pattern adapted from page 55 of some book, but I got this flannelboard from my mom, so I don’t know which one.  Dental floss was used as the “thread” for the kite tails.)

Way up high in the sky so blue,
5 (4, 3, 2, 1) little kites flew and flew.
The wind blew hard (blow hard),
The wind blew loud (say “wooooo”),
The wind blew the little red (yellow, blue, green, orange) kite
Off to the clouds! (remove the appropriately colored kite).

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

BOOK:

While You Were Chasing a Hat
by Lilian Moore, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty Flannelboard 1Humpty Dumpty Flannelboard 2
Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses
And all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again.

When I do this, at the end it’s fun to put Humpty together in the wrong way (middle on bottom, head in middle, feet on top, etc) a couple of times and see if the audience can get it right.

TICKLE: Catch a Wee Mouse*

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: The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins

HOW IT WENT:
This was a the largest group for infant storytime I’ve had for a long time!  The storytime went well, but I think that While You Were Chasing a Hat might be a better fit for older kids.

ATTENDANCE: 55 people

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