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:
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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
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(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

Chickens – Preschool Storytime

Here’s a post I wrote, but forgot to actually post!  This is from a storytime I did in September.

If you follow my blog, you’ll know my system has storyboxes: kits with everything in them (books, songs, dvds, craft ideas, etc.) that you’d need to do a storytime.  I was feeling uninspired when thinking about putting together a storytime, and decided to use a storybox.  The storybox we had was CHICKENS!  And, after searching this blog it seems I’ve never done a Preschool Storytime before!  Storyboxes to the rescue!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:

Stuck in the Mud
 by Jane Clark, illustrations by Garry Parsons

MOVEMENT:
If You’re a Chicken and You Know It
(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a chicken and you know it flap your wings: flap flap!
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it flap your wings: flap flap!
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it, and you really want to show it
(hands near armpits, elbows out, flap “wings” twice)
If you’re a chicken and you know it, flap your wings: flap flap!

Other Verses:
Fly up high: fly fly (jump up in air)
Scratch with your feet: scritch scratch (drag one foot along ground, then other)
Go peck peck: peck peck (Make a beak with hand, tap it on the other hand)
Say bok bok: Bok! Bok! (say bok bok)
Settle into your nest: settle settle (sit down and wiggle bottom)

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Five Eggs and Five Eggs

Five eggs and five eggs, that makes ten (hold up 2 hands)
Sitting on top is the mother hen. (fold one hand over the other)
Crackle, crackle, crackle; what do I see? (clap 3 times)
Ten fluffy chickens, as yellow as can be! (hold up and wiggle ten fingers)

BOOK:

Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher, illustrated by Mark Fearing

VIDEO:

“The Red Hen” from 20 Stories for Spring  Based on the book by Rebecca emberley and Ed Emberley

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:


 

Book: Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
Book: Peepsqueak! by Leslie Ann Clark
Book: Scary Mary by Paula Bowles
Book: Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Book: Little Chicken’s Big Day by Katie Davis and Jerry Davis
Book: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
DVD: “Rosie’s Walk” from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom …and lots more learning fun!
DVD: “The Most Wonderful Egg in the World” from Giggle, Giggle, Quack … and more funny favotires
Flannelboard: Little Red Hen

HOW IT WENT:
I was really glad we had the storyboxes on hand to help me get in the mood for storytime.  While I used some of my own ideas for the storytime, it was nice to have something to jump-start my ideas.  A week prior to this my coworker actually did a wolf and fox storytime — it turns out there is a lot of overlap between wolf and fox stories and chicken stories.  So, while some of those may have been go-tos for me, I didn’t use them because I didn’t want to repeat what he had done.

It was a pretty small group today — I think because it is finally not sweltering outside anymore.

ATTENDANCE: 17 (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

Owls – Preschool Storytime

It’s been a while since I’ve done an owl storytime, and it looks like I’ve never done one for preschoolers that I’ve posted about on here.  Seems about time!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

BOOK:

Hoot Owl Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien

MOVEMENT:
Just Like an Owl
(to the tune of “London Bridge”)

Flap your wings and fly around,
fly around, fly around.
Flap your wings and fly around.
Just like an owl.

Other Verses:
Open your eyes big and wide…
Land on the ground and hop along
Turn your head and say “hoo hoo!”

rhyme taken from: Literary Hoots

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
Good-Night Owl!
 
based on the book by Pat Hutchins, flannelboard patterns taken from Read Rabbit Read and Studio Window

Since the tree had to be fairly large to fit all those birds, I made the trunk separately, and then just made three large poofs of flannel to be the “fall leaves” in the tree:

Here are all the other pieces on their own:

MOVEMENT:
The Owl Pokey
(to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)

You put your right wing in, you put your right wing out
You put your right wing in, and you shake it all about
You do the owl pokey and you fly yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!
Hoot! Hoot!

Taken from storytime katie, who got the idea from Ms. Hegna’s Storytime

BOOK:

Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney

VIDEO:

“The Happy Owls” from I Want My Hat Back…and more happy stories  Based on the book by Celestino Piatti

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
     
Book: I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
Book/DVD: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
Book: Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
Book: Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin and Rob Dunlavey (especially for toddlers)
Book: Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
Book: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
Book: Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan
Book: Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
DVD: “Party at Owl’s House” or “Owl’s Dilemma” from Little Bear: Search for Spring

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Adventures in Storytime (And Beyond) – Owl Preschool Storytime
Laugh Out Loud Storytime – Owl Storytime – Who Hoots!
North Mankato Taylor Library Storytime – Owl Miss You!
Johnson County Library – “Who, Who, Who Like Owls?” Storytime
Sunflower Storytime – What a HOOT (Owls)

Jen in the Library – Owls – Toddler Storytime
Jen in the Library – Owls – Infant Storytime

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime, where I tried a lot of new things.  I’m so glad I finally made a Good-Night Owl flannelboard, because it turned out pretty fun, and the kids had a lot of fun repeating “Owl tried to sleep”. to it with me.  I really love Hoot Owl, and it seemed to work well with this group (the bird bath page especially got a lot of giggles), but I’m wondering if it would be even better with a group of Kindergartners.  I was also a little unsure about how the DVD of “The Happy Owls” would go over, since it was rather slow.  But the younger children there enjoyed seeing and naming the different animals that show up in the video.  I’m not sure that will be a go-to one for storytimes, but it worked well enough this time.

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

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/ )