Flight – Preschool (But also Infant/Toddler) Storytime

This is another adapted from one of our system storyboxes.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

North, South, East, West by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Greg Pizzoli

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

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Music Together

BOOK:

A Plane Goes Ka-Zoom by Jonathan London, illustrated by Denis Roche

MOVEMENT:
Airplane Song
(
to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The pilot on the airplane says fasten your seatbelts (pretend to fasten seat belt)
Fasten your seatbelt, fasten your seatbelt
The pilot on the airplane says fasten your seatbelts
When flying through the sky.

Other verses:
The children on the airplane go bum pity bump… (move up and down)
The babies on the airplane go waa, waa, waa… (rub eyes and pretend to cry)
The signs on the airplane go ding, ding, ding… (pretend to push sign button above head)
The drinks on the airplane go splish, splash, splish… (pretend to hold a glass and move it)
The luggage on the airplane goes up and down… (move hands up and down)
The exits on the airplane are here, here, here… (using two fingers on each hand, point in front, to side, and behind)

MOVEMENT: “Clap Along with Me” from Wee Sing for Baby by Wee Sing

BOOK:

Planes Go
by Steve Light

VIDEO:

“Miffy Wants to Fly” from Miffy and Friends: Miffy’s Adventure

CRAFT: Plane Paper Craft

Kids had these two pieces of an airplane, with a small slit cut into the body so they could put the wings through.  They could decorate it with crayons and stickers.  The template is below:
Airplane_Cutout_Template

This idea was inspired by Mom Unleashed and Hands On as We Grow

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 

Book: Flight 1-2-3 by Maria van Lieshout
Book: Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins

HOW IT WENT:
It’s still rather new to have to pick and plan a craft for storytime, since I didn’t used to do that at my other location.  I’m still learning what works best, but one thing I have learned is that a craft doesn’t have to be super-complicated to entertain the kids.

PRESENTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at SR Branch

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Fur, Feathers, Scales and Hair – Preschool (But also Infant/Toddler) Storytime

This theme is brought to you thanks to our system storyboxes.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

INTRODUCTION: with very furry/hairy dog

BOOK:

Don’t Splash the Sasquatch! by Kent Redeker, illustrated by Bob Staake

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

MOVEMENT: Fishy Pokey
(to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)
You put your fins in, you put your fins out
You put your fins in and you wiggle them all about
You do the fishy pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about! Glub! Glub!

Other verses:
Your tail
Your scales

BOOK:

Do Frogs Have Fur? A Book about Animal Coats and Coverings by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Jeff Yesh

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

MOVEMENT: 2 Little Blackbirds (a capella)

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle (a capella)

VIDEO:

“I like My Hair Completely the Way it is” from Charlie and Lola Five: But I am an Alligator and more stories!

CRAFT: Fur, Feathers, Scales sheet

Kids put feathers on the bird, “scales” (cut up tissue paper squares) on the snake and “fur” (large pom poms) on the wombat.  I don’t know where this page was taken from, but I am including a pdf of it here: Feathers Fur Scales Craft Sheet

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Hair by Leslie Patricelli
Book: Does a Yak Get a Haircut? by Fred Ehrlich M.D., pictures by Emily Bolam
Book: Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

HOW IT WENT:
This was an ok storytime, but I had a hard time keeping all the members in the audience engaged.  Last week I ended up with more preschoolers, so I picked titles today with that in mind, and then I think I had more infants this time around.  You really can never have too many books in your storytime bag for a variety of ages.  So, I did change-up my presentation on the fly, and just read 2 books instead of the three I had planned.  But.. I still felt like I could have done something differently.  And, I think the Charlie and Lola video was a little too long for my group.

PRESENTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at SR Branch

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Shapes – Preschool Storytime

Another storytime that originated from our system-wide storyboxes…

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

BOOK:

City Shapes by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bryan Collier

MOVEMENT: “Clap Along with Me” from Wee Sing for Baby by Wee Sing

PROP SONG:
This is a… Shape Song
(
to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
 
This is a circle, this is a circle
How can you tell?  How can you tell?
It goes round and round
No end can be found
It’s a circle.  It’s a circle.

This is a triangle, this is a triangle
How can you tell?  How can you tell?
It has three sides that join to make a point
It’s a triangle.  It’s a triangle.

This is a square, this is a square
How can you tell?  How can you tell?
It has 4 sides
all the same size
It’s a square.  It’s a square.

This is a rectangle, this is a rectangle
How can you tell?  How can you tell?
It has 2 short sides
and it has 2 long sides
It’s a rectangle.  It’s a rectangle.

MOVEMENT: “Wheels on the Bus” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

BOOK:

Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

VIDEO:

“Spots” from Good Morning Maisy: Color and Shapes

CRAFT:
 
Shape Rocket Ship
I got this idea for a craft from Toddler Approved!

We used a rectangle for the body, 3 circles for the windows, a triangle for the top, 2 triangles for the wings, and a square with the ends frayed for the flame.  Of course, you could just give the kids shapes and have them make their own artwork (like the second picture on here!).

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
  

Book: Zoe and Zack: Shapes by Jacques Duquennoy
Book: All Year Round by Susan B. Katz, pictures by Eiko Ojala
Book: Go, Shapes, Go! by Denise Fleming
Book: Baby Party by Rebecca O’Connell, illustrated by Susie Poole

HOW IT WENT:
This was a slightly older crowd than I’ve gotten at the this branch in the past, but there were still a few younger kids.  So I tried a slightly older story at the beginning, and then a shorter one second.  It went pretty well, but I did have a heckler tell me, “I don’t like shape stories!”  🙂  It’s nice to have honesty from the audience, but we all seemed to be having fun by the end.  Everyone seemed really into the shape song, so much so I was a little surprised by it! Also, the Maisy video wasn’t the best for shapes — but it was what I had on hand.  I’ll have to search for something better next time.

PRESENTED: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at SR Branch

ATTENDANCE: 32 people (adults and children)

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

Balloons – Preschool (But Kind of Toddler) Storytime

This is another storytime that depended on our system’s Storyboxes.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

INTRO WITH BALLOON

I blew up about balloon and we talked about it.

BOOK:

Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai

FINGERPLAY:
The Balloon

I’m going to blow up this balloon (put fist in front of mouth).
And never ever stop I’ll blow (blow into fist, expand fist larger)
And I’ll blow (blow into fist, expand fist larger)
And I’ll blow (blow into fist, add other hand to make a circle)
And I’ll blow (blow into fist, expand hands larger)
Until…POP! (break hands apart and clap on pop)

MOVEMENT: “Clap Along with Me” from Best of Wee Sing by Wee Sing

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

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

BOOK:

Come Back, Ben by Ann Hassett and John Hassett

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” by Music Together (download from iTunes)

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

VIDEO:

“The Balloon Ride” from Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride

CRAFT:
Hot Air Balloon Coloring Page

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: See Pip Point by David Milgrim
Book: Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid
Book: Balloons Balloons Balloons by Dee Lillegard, illustrated by Bernadette Pons
Book: Buzzy’s Balloon by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Emily Bolam

HOW IT WENT:
Better than the first storytime I presented at the branch last week.  Now that I knew the layout of the room, and had a better idea for the audience, I felt like I could prepare better.  Also, I couldn’t get my iPhone connected to the stereo system last time, so this week, I brought in my bluetooth Urban Ears speaker, and it worked so well!

PRESENTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ATTENDANCE: 19 people (adults and children)

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

Uni-HORNS – Preschool Storytime

This storytime brought together creatures from all over the world and folklore to celebrate those with a single horn or tusk: unicorns, narwhals, and Indian rhinos (on my!).

Fun fact learned while prepping for this storytime – the greater one-horned rhinoceros and the Javan rhinoceros have one horn, while black, white and Sumatran rhinos have two!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

INTRODUCTION:
Mattern-Rhinoceroses Rake-Narwhal_Whales_Up_Close One_Unicorn_FB_jeninthelibrary
Rhinoceroses by Joanne Mattern
Narwhal Whales Up Close by Jody Sullivan Rake

I showed kids pictures of narwhals, a rhino from books, and put up a flannelboard unicorn I had made to see if they could tell me what they all had in common.

BOOK:
Sima-Not_Quite_Narwhal
Not Quite Narwhal
 by Jessie Sima

MOVEMENT:
The Rhinoceros
The rhinoceros moves like this and that (stomp from one foot to the other)
He’s terrible wide and he’s terribly fat (hold hands out to your sides)
The ground gets under his feet gets worn (stomp)
but goodness gracious look at that horn! (make a horn with your hand)

Then we stomped some more like rhinos, pranced like ponies, and swam like narwhals.

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Five Little Unicorns
Five_Little_Unicorns_FB_jeninthelibrary
(Rhyme and idea taken from Story Time Secrets, template found from Google image search)

I saw five little unicorns – creatures from folklore
I watched the blue one prance away, and then there were four.
I saw four little unicorns resting by a tree
I watched the orange one prance away, and then there were three.
I saw three little unicorns, but as near to them I drew
The green one pranced away, and then there were two.
I saw two little unicorns – I watched them run and run
the yellow one pranced away, and then there was one.
I saw a lonely pink unicorn standing in the sun.
when I blinked by eyes, it pranced away, and then there were none.

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

BOOK:
Agee-My_Rhinoceros
My Rhinoceros
by John Agee

VIDEO:
ZigbyandtheUnicorn ZigbyandtheUnicorn2 
“Zigby and the Unicorn” from Zigby Season 1 Episode 8

After Zara reads a story to Laurence about a unicorn, he really wants to meet one.  Can Zigby and his friends help this happen?

We didn’t have any good videos with uni-horned animals in our collection, so I streamed this one from Amazon prime using my iPad and our Apple TV mirroring.

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Lloyd-Chief_Rhino_to_the_Rescue Jones-Glitter Dyckman-You_Don't_Want_a_Unicorn Dove-Wendell_the_Narwhal Rosenthal-Uni_the_Unicorn Young-Unicorn_Named_Sparkle  Heidbreder-I_Wished_for_a_Unicorn
Book: Chief Rhino to the Rescue by Sam Lloyd
Book: Glitter by Stella J. Jones, illustrated by Judi Abbot
Book: You Don’t Want a Unicorn! written by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo
Book: Wendell the Narwhal by Emily Dove
Book: Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Book: A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young
Book: I Wished for a Unicorn by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
you can do this at your library! Flannel Boards (featuring  You Look Ridiculous Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus) 
Miss Meg’s Storytime – Unicorn Storytime
Pinterest Five Little Unicorns Flannelboard Rhyme (I tried to search this image back to a website, but it didn’t seem to link to anything)
MotherReader – ABC Storytime: U is for…
yogibrarian – “Letter U” preschool storytime
DLTK kids – Lyrics to “A Lovely Unicorn” 
Little, Brown, and Company – You Don’t Want a Unicorn! Storytime Kit
All Nursery Rhymes – The Lion and the Unicorn Nursery Rhyme words
Pinterest Lion and the Unicorn Flannel Board (I tried to find the original source for this image, but it looks like the page no longer exists)

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun theme!  I wish I could have though of some better action movements to go along with it though.  Anyone have any ideas?  Also, I am not sure that was the best video to show – it seemed a little long. But I was having a hard time finding one to tie into the theme.  I was hoping some of our nonfiction DVDs would have a good segment on rhinos, but all of them seemed to be focused on the two-horned variety.

ATTENDANCE: 11 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, December 30

*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

Monkeys – Preschool Storytime

When it’s my rotation for infant toddler storytime, I’ll often just use the same theme for preschool storytime that week.  It saves time, and helps me by just looking for one theme even if it’s across a slightly longer age range.  So, this week’s Preschool theme was Monkeys!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Monkey” 
Since this sign looks like something you may see a monkey do, I did the sign first, and then asked the kids to see if they could figure out what our storytime was going to be about.  I added in other things about monkeys to clue them in more, too.

BOOK:

Be Quiet, Mike!
by Leslie Patricelli

MOVEMENT:
Itsy Bitsy Monkey
The itsy bitsy monkey climbed up a palm tree (pretend to climb up tree)
Down came a coconut, and hit him on his knee – OUCH!
(“hit” knee with hand, say ouch loudly)
Out came a lion shaking his mighty mane (ROAR!)
And the itsy bitsy monkey climbed up the tree again
(pretend to climb tree, faster this time)

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Three Little Monkeys

Three little monkeys, swinging in a tree (hold up three fingers)
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, “Can’t catch me!” (shake pointer finger in tsk, tsk, tsk manner)
Along came Mr. Crocodile, as quiet as could be (palms together, wiggle hands back and forth)
and SNAP! (clap hands on “Snap!”)

Remove a monkey from the board, and continue counting down until no monkeys are left.

Two little monkeys…

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

BOOK:

Spunky Little Monkey
by Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Brian Won

MOVEMENT:
Monkeys Swinging
(to the tune of “Skip to My Lou”)
Monkeys swinging, swinging all day
Monkeys swinging, swinging all day
Monkeys swinging, swinging all day
Swinging til I saaaaaaay —- STOP!

Other verses:
Monkeys tickling, tickling all day… (this one was an audience suggestion!)
Monkeys eating, eating all day…
Monkeys scratching, scratching all day…
Monkeys chatter, chatter all day…

BOOK:

VIDEO:
 
“Caps for Sale” from Antarctic Antics …and more hilarious animal stories! Based on the book by Esphyr Slobodkina

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 
Book: Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Book: Mo’s Stinky Sweater by David Bedford, illustrated by Edward Eaves
Book: Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Libraryann – Monkey See, monkey… Do this storytime!
Never Shushed – Preschool: Monkeys

HOW IT WENT:
Monkeys is a fun and silly theme.  And I think the families had fun with all the different monkey-themed movements!

ATTENDANCE: 22 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, November 18, 2017

*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

Sheep – Preschool Storytime

When it’s my rotation for infant toddler storytime, I’ll often just use the same theme for preschool storytime that week.  It saves time, and helps me by just looking for one theme even if it’s across a slightly longer age range.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:

Boo and Baa Have Company
 by Lena and Olof Landström

MOVEMENT:
Little Lamb, Little Lamb
Little lamb, little lamb, turn around (turn around)
Little lamb, little lamb,touch the ground (touch ground with hands)
Little lamb, little lamb, jump up high (jump)
Little lamb, little lamb, reach the sky (stretch with arms overhead)
Little lamb, little lamb, sit right down (sit down)
Little lamb, little lamb, get ready to listen now (say this line quietly)

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Mary’s Many Color Lambs

I found this rhyme via Lisa at Libraryland, who found it from LibrErin, who found it on Recipes for Reading. Recipes for Reading linked to a template that I used to make my pieces at Making Learning Fun.

Start by placing the white lamb on the board.  Ask if anyone knows the song, Mary Had a Little Lamb”.  Then sing:

Mary had a little lamb
little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb
its fleece was white as snow.

Then say something like, “But Mary had more than one lamb.” and pull out the next lamb you have.  The unexpected, un-lamb-like colors usually get a giggle.  Ask the kids what color the lamb is, and if they can name something else that is that color.  Then sing your song again:

Mary had a blue lamb
blue lamb, blue lamb
Mary had a blue lamb
its fleece was blue as sky…

Continue using as many lambs as you’d like.

MOVEMENT:
Dancing Sheep
(taken from Susan M. Dailey’s Fingerplays website.  She has a song you can listen to for this one, but I just sort of chanted it and made up my own version.)

Shhh!  It’s time to go to sleep
  (put finger to mouth, pretend to sleep)
But into my bedroom one sheep creeps.
  (creep fingers)

“Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said.
“I would rather dance instead!”

Soon he was…  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
(move hands above head in “dancing” motion)
He was dancing on the floor!
  (move hands on floor as mentioned above)
He was dancing on the window!
  (move hands to one side)
He was dancing on the door!
  (move hands to other side)

He kept on…

Dancing on the ceiling!
  (sing faster)
He was dancing on the floor!
He was dancing on the window!
He was dancing on the door!
(repeat several times getting faster each time through)

“Stop that dancing, silly sheep.
It is time to go to sleep!”

Soon the sheep lay on the floor.
Soon the sheep began to snore.

So I started …  (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling!
I was dancing on the floor!
I was dancing on the window!
I was dancing on the door!

BOOK:

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple

VIDEO:

“Charlie Needs a Cloak” from Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type…and More Fun on the Farm.  Based on the book by Tomie dePaola

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

 

Book: Pablo in the Snow by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
Book: Feeding the Sheep by Leda Schubert, pictures by Andrea U’Ren
Book: The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg by Gemma Merino
Book: Wally Does Not Want a Haircut by Amanda Driscoll

HOW IT WENT:
This was my first time reading Boo and Baa Have Company and I feel like I could have done a better job with that one.  For me, that may be a better one-on-one book instead of a read-aloud.  But there was a kid who said, “That’s a silly book” after I read it, so maybe it wasn’t too bad.

The most Los Angeles moment of this storytime:  As I was doing Mary’s Many Color Lambs I was asking the kids to name something else that was the same color as the sheep, so we could sing about it in the song.  When I brought out the green lamb, and I asked what else was green, I got a couple of kids saying grass, and then one little girl shouts, “Avocado!”  I asked who in the group liked avocado, and almost all the kids raised their hands.  So, of course, Mary’s green lamb was green like avocado.

ATTENDANCE: 30 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, October 21, 2017

*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