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

Construction and Tools – Storybox

My library system has one central location and 9 branches.  To make storytime programming easier for all involved, we use storyboxes.  These are “storytimes in a box”.  They contain everything a storyteller would need for a successful storytime including books, videos, fingerplays and crafts.  Ideally, there should be enough variety that the box can be used for infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and lower elementary ages.   I’m trying to catch up on a few of these that I’ve been meaning to post for a while.  This one I created for our Summer 2014 Rotation.

Books to Build On! Stories about Construction and Tools

BOOKS:
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Raise the Roof! by Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Elwood H. Smith
Minerva Louise and the Red Truck by Janet Morgan Stoeke
One Big Building: A Counting Book About Construction by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Todd Ouren
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I Love Tools! by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern
Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop  by Lisa Shulman, illustrated by Ahsley Wolff
Toolbox Twins by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Melissa Iwai
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Digger and Tom by Sebastian Braun
Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern
The Toolbox by Anne & Harlow Rockwell
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The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler ; illustrated by Bob Kolar
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson, illustrated by David Gordon
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The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer, illustrated Carrie Eko-Burgess
Get To Work Trucks! by Don Carter
Monkey with a Tool Belt by Chris Monroe
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Dazzling Diggers by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker
I Drive a Dump Truck by Sarah Bridges ; illustrated by Derrick Alderman & Denise Shea
Those Building Men by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Barry Moser
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Tools Rule!
 by Aaron Meshon
Trucks by Debbie Powell
Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal

Additional Books that I didn’t get in time, but would be great for this theme:  
Monster Trucks by Mark Todd
A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London, illustrated by Denis Roche
Machines at Work by Byron Barton

FLANNELBOARDS:

5 Little Nails
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Pieces Needed

  • 5 nails
  • Hammer

Five little nails
Standing straight and steady.
Here comes the carpenter
With a hammer ready!
Bam! Bam! Bam! (remove one nail.)

Four little nails…
Three little nails…

Two little nails…
One little nail.

(from: Roginski, Dawn R.  A Year in the Story Room: Ready-to-Use Programs for Children.  Chicago: ALA Editions.  2014.  Pg110.)

Construction Bear Flannelboard
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Pieces Needed:

  • Bear – Safety Glasses
  • Blue Pants – Tape Measure
  • Orange Vest – Level
  • Boots – Hammer
  • Hat

(to tune of: “Dwarf Working Song” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work Bear goes
With thick work pants and a safety vest
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Hi Ho

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work Bear goes
With steel toed boots and a hard hat
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Hi Ho

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work Bear goes
With safety glasses and a tape measure
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Hi Ho

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it’s off to work Bear goes
With a long level and a hammer
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Hi Ho, Hi Ho

(found from this pin http://www.pinterest.com/pin/515662226053604753/ and Heart felt stories http://heartfeltstories.ca/construction-bear.html)

Old MacDonald Had Some Tools
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Pieces Needed:

  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Wrench
  • Saw
  • Screwdriver

Old MacDonald had some tools, E-I-E-I-O.
And with those tools he had a hammer, E-I-E-I-O.
With a bang, bang, here and a bang, bang, there.
Here a bang, there a bang, everywhere a bang, bang,
Old MacDonald had some tools, E-I-E-I-O.

Other verses:
A saw that went see-saw
A wrench that turn-turned
A screwdriver that would twist-twist
Pliers that pinch-pinch
And a drill that went ZZZZ-ZZZZ

(from: Read It Again! http://misssarahsstorytime.blogspot.com/2012/04/flannel-friday-tools.html)

MOVEMENT, SONGS, AND FINGERPLAYS:

Johnny Works with One Hammer
Johnny works with one hammer, (move one hand up and down like using hammer)
one hammer, one hammer.
Johnny works with one hammer,
Then he works with two.  (move two hands up and down like using hammer.)

Johnny works with two hammers… Then he works with three.
(hammer with both hands and stamp one foot on floor.)
Johnny works with three hammers… Then he works with four.
(hammer with both hands and stamp both feet on floor.)
Johnny works with four hammers… Then he works with five.
     (hammer with both hands, stamp both feet on floor, and nod head up and down.)
Johnny works with five hammers… Then he goes to sleep.
(hammer with both hands, stamp feet on floor, nod head, then rest head on joined palms & pretend to go to sleep.)

(from: Roginski, Dawn R.  A Year in the Story Room: Ready-to-Use Programs for Children.  Chicago: ALA Editions.  2014.  Pg110.)

Building a House
Building a house is lots of work,
(wipe brow.)
First, you dig up lots of dirt.
(Pretend to dig.)
Then you pour a concrete floor,
(Touch floor.)
And pound boards with nails galore.
(Pretend to hammer.)
Doors and windows go in fast,
(Draw squares in air with finger.)
Now your house is done at last.
(Clasp hands together above head.)

(from: Thom, Diane “Building a House.” 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays. Compiled by The Totline Staff.  Washington: Warren Publishing House.  1994. p95.)

My Little House
I’m going to build a little house
With windows wide and bright.
(stretch arms out to sides.)
With chimney tall and curling smoke
Rising out of sight.
(stand tall, spiral hand upward.)
In winter when the snowflakes fall,
(twinkle fingers down like falling snow.)
Or when I hear a storm,
(cup hand behind ear.)
I’ll go and sit inside my house
Where I’ll be snug and warm.
(hug self.)

(from: 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays. Compiled by The Totline Staff.  Washington: Warren Publishing House.  1994. p95.)

Building a Skyscraper
Brick by brick
By brick by brick.
My building’s so high
It’s scraping the sky.
     (Place fists one on top of the other, going higher each time.)

Brick by brick
by brick by brick.
My Building will sway
When the wind blows this way.
(Sway left, then right.)

Brick by brick
by brick by brick.
Now I’m ready to stop
And a flag goes on top.
(Open one fist and wave hand left and right.)

(from: Reedy, Polly.  1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays. Compiled by The Totline Staff.  Washington: Warren Publishing House.  1994. p95.)

She’ll Be Driving a Bulldozer
(Tune: “She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”)

She’ll be driving a bulldozer
When she comes.
Push it back! (Hold hands palm out and move them away from body.)

She’ll be driving a bulldozer
When she comes.
Push it back! (Hold hands palm out and move them away from body.)

She’ll be driving a bulldozer,
She’ll be driving a bulldozer,
She’ll be driving a bulldozer,
When she comes.
Push it back! (Hold hands palm out and move them away from body.)

She’ll be running a big digger when she comes.
Scoop it up! (Make a scooping motion with hands.)

She’ll be running a big digger when she comes.
Scoop it up! (Make a scooping motion with hands.)

She’ll be running a big digger,
She’ll be running a big digger,
She’ll be running a big digger,
When she comes.

Scoop it up!  Push it back! (Perform both motions.)

Other verses:
She’ll be working a dirt-dumper… Look out below! (Cup hands around mouth.)
She’ll be on a cement mixer… Shake it up!  (Shake your body.)
She’ll be steering a steamroller… Roll it flat! (Twirl arms around each other.)
She’ll be driving a street-sweeper… Clean it up! (Make sweeping motions with hands).

(taken from Reid, Rob.  Storytime Slam! 15 Lesson Plans for Preschool and Primary Story Programs.  Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin: Upstart Books.  p8)

The Carpenter
The carpenter’s hammer goes rap, rap, rap.
    (prentend to hammer.)
And his saw goes see-saw-see.
(Pretend to saw.)

He hammers and hammers, and saws and saws,
(Pretend to hammer, then saw.)
To build a house for me.
     (Form roof shape with fingers.)

(from: 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays. Compiled by The Totline Staff.  Washington: Warren Publishing House.  1994. p95.)

Construction Worker Song
(to tune of: “Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush.”)

This is the way we pound our nails,
pound our nails, pound our nails.
This is the way we pound our nails,
So early in the morning

Other verses:
saw our wood
use a screwdriver
drill a hole
stack the bricks
paint the walls
stir the paint

(from PreKFun at http://www.prekfun.com/themes/PREKthemes/A-F/Construction/Construction__Songs.htm)

Cranes
Cranes reach up
(reach up)
Cranes reach down
(reach down)
Cranes reach out,
(reach straight out.)
And all around.
(turn around).

(from PreKFun at http://www.prekfun.com/themes/PREKthemes/A-F/Construction/Construction__Songs.htm)

Where Are Trucks?
(to tune of “Where is Thumbkin?”)

Where is bulldozer? Where is bulldozer?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Drive away. Drive away.
(Excavator, crane, backhoe, loader)

(Inspired by Storytime Katie http://storytimekatie.com/2011/04/21/trucks/)

Here is a Steam Shovel

Here is a steam shovel. (Hold right forearm erect, hand drooping)
And here is the ground. (two arms enclose area)
See the great boom (right elbow stationary, forearm moving side to side)
Swing round and round.

It dips, it bites, (forearms dips, thumb and fingers in grasping motion)
It lifts, it throws (forearm lifts, thumb and fingers spin)
My, how the hole in the ground grows! (two hands enclose circle)

Digging, scooping,
Lifting, throwing,
See how the hill (forearms with hands meeting)
Beside it is growing.

(from http://core.kdla.ky.gov/kdla_core/sites/default/files/Resources%20for%20a%20Construction%20Themed%20Storytime.pdf)

VIDEOS:
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“Changes, Changes” from There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly … and More Sing-Along Favorites.  Based on the book by Pat Hutchins im-dirty-dvdmcmullan-im-dirty
“I’m Dirty” from I’m Dirty … and More Stories of Adventure and Science.  Based on the Book by Kate & Jim McMullan
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“Henry Builds a Cabin” from The True Story of the Three Little Pigs… and More Animal Adventures.  Based on the book by D.B. Johnson

CRAFTS:

Moveable Dump Truck Craft 
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  • Construction paper
  • Dump truck coloring page
  • Brads
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers

Have children color in the dump truck however they wish.  Cut out the dump truck, and then cut the “dump container” away from the base of the truck. Glue the base of the truck to the construction paper, if you wish.  Then, insert a brad to hold the dump container to the base of the dump truck on the construction paper.  Now you have a dump container that moves up and down!

(Idea taken from: Storytime Katie http://storytimekatie.com/2012/04/18/construction/ and Texas State Library https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/projects/trc/2011/manual/toddler_digdown.html )

My Toolbox Craft
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To prep the craft: Fold the construction paper in half so the folded area is on the bottom.

Fold it in half vertically, and use the Toolbox template to cut out a toolbox shape from the construction paper.

Have children color the tools any way they wish, as well as the tool box inside and outside.  Cut out the tools, then glue those to the inside of the “toolbox” made from construction paper.

Idea inspired by: Hand Me Down Ideas: https://handmedownideas.wordpress.com/tag/tool-box/

Toolbelt Craft
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Materials needed:

– Construction paper cut into about 3.5” strips
– Tools coloring page (found http://www.preschool-learning-and-crafts.com/support-files/fathers-day-tools.pdf from Preschool Learning Crafts)
– Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
– Scissors
– Stapler OR String and Hole Punch
– Glue

Have children color the tools, and then cut them out.  Give them one strip of the construction paper and have them glue the tools so that they are halfway hanging off the paper.  When the child has completed this, have them come to an adult helper to have them staple additional strips together to make a “toolbelt” that fits loosely around the hips.  If you prefer, you can punch holes in the ends of the construction paper and tie the belt around the child’s hips that way.

Idea taken from: Kiboomu Kids Songs http://kiboomukidssongs.com/labor-day-song-and-carpenter-tool-belt-craft/ and Sunflower Storytime http://sunflowerstorytime.com/2013/07/11/construction-time/ )

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:
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“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

Construction – eStorytime

In August we had the last of our Summer eStorytime series.  I realized that I already had a few different apps on construction, so I decided to use some of those and build an eStorytime around that theme.

Opening Slide on Keynote:
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SONG:
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Welcome Song

MOVEMENT:
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Cranes
Cranes reach up. (reach up)
Cranes reach down. (reach down)
Cranes reach out, (reach straight out)
And all around. (turn around)

taken from Pre-K Fun

APP:
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Build and Play 3D from Croco Studios ( iOS, Samsung, Android)

We started storytime by building a construction vehicle – a crane!  I was a little worried at first, because we had more kids than there were pieces to put in the puzzle, but then at they end when the crane was finished you could play with the controls on it, so the kids who didn’t get to put a piece on the crane did that.

eBook/APP:
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Sleepy Mole’s Moving Day from Ginger Whale illustrated by Melanie Matthews

Mole is sleeping when he is rudely awakened by construction workers who have flooded light into his home — and now it’s too bright for him.  So, he sets off to find a new place to sleep.  At this point in the app, users are able to choose-their-own-adventure type app, which kids being able to pick from different directions on the screen to choose where Mole should dig.  After digging for a while, Mole eventually finds a place to sleep and the story ends.

MOVEMENT:
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(to the tune of: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we pound our nails,
pound our nails, pound our nails.
This is the way we pound our nails,
So early in the morning.

Other verses:
saw our wood
use a screwdriver
drill a hole
stack the bricks
paint the walls

(rhyme taken from Pre-K Fun)

APP:
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Sago Mini Toolbox ($2.99; iOS, Kindle, Android)

There are two different ways to play using this app.  When the app first comes up, you can choose to build different things with Dog, or just play with the different tools with Bird.  We chose to build with Dog, and the kids had fun doing different actions to make Dog a house, and Gnome a Basketball hoop.

Song/Movement:
Johnny Works with One Hammer
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Johnny works with one hammer
(move one hand up and down as if using a hammer)
one hammer, one hammer.
Johnny works with one hammer,
Then he works with two.

Johnny works with two hammers
(move two hands up and down as if using a hammer)
two hammers, two hammers.
Johnny works with two hammers,
Then he works with three.

Johnny works with three hammers
(move two hands up and down as if using a hammer and stamp one foot)
three hammers, three hammers.
Johnny works with three hammers,
Then he works with four.

Johnny works with four hammers
(move two hands up and down as if using a hammer and stamp two feet)
four hammers, four hammers.
Johnny works with four hammers,
Then he works with five.

Johnny works with five hammers
(move two hands up and down. stamp two feet, and nod head)
five hammers, five hammers.
Johnny works with five hammers,
Then he goes to sleep!

BOOK:
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What Can a Crane Pick Up? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Mike Lowery

APP:
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Little Builders from Fox & Sheep
(iOS, Android, Amazon; $2.99)

Little Builders opens on a scene where a lot of construction is taking place –  there are streets to sweep, buildings to paint, roofs to lay and more!  For this storytime, we choose to build a brick wall.  You have to lay down the mortar cement, and that put a brick down on top of that.  Of course, you can put down bricks without the cement, but your wall may not hold when a strong wind comes!  Each child got to put down a brick.

APP:
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld from Oceanhouse Media ($3.99,iOS)

 

This book is based on the book of the same name.  Oceanhouse Media always does a faithful job of turning books into apps in a respectful, fun way.

MOVEMENT: “Storytime’s Over”*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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APP: Sago Mini – Trucks and Diggers (iOS, Kindle, Android; $2.99)
APP: Nosy Crow – Bizzy Bear Builds a House (iOS, $3.99)
APP: Dr. Panda Handyman (iOS, Kindle, Android; $2.99)

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:

I did this storytime a while ago, so I don’t remember too many pointers that I wanted tell myself.  I do remember, though, that I need to watch my time more carefully when doing an eStorytime.  It takes a lot of time to go around the room and have the kids participate, so I often run over and what is supposed to be a half hour storytime turns more into 45-50 minutes.

I had a good size group for this one.

ATTENDANCE: 15 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

Please note: App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. All prices taken from the iOS app price.  There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.

Special thanks to Digital Storytime for their app reviews by subject, that make putting together a themed eStorytime much easier.