Shopping at the Market – eStorytime

Something amazing happened at this storytime, dear readers.  There were no technical difficulties!  The wireless worked!  My iPad cooperated! The apps never froze!  This is all especially wonderful since our main tech guy was out today.  Hooray!

Opening Slide on Keynote:
Slide1 edited
I was thinking about no longer using the Powerpoint slides in between my presentation, but I really like putting up the words for the fingerplays and the rhymes so parents can sing along.  Maybe just do it for when I need it?

Come Along and Sing With me Slide
Come Along and Sing with Me

For this presentation, I actually deleted the text that says it’s to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush” because I found that I kept singing it to the tune of “London Bridge”.


A Day in the Market story by May Tobias-Papa, illustrated by Isabel Roxas from Adarna house (iOS: $2.99; Android Free)

A wonderful story about a little Filipino girl and her trip to the market with her Nanay. You have to interact with the app in order to turn the page, and on some pages this can take a lot longer than others (especially the large market scene).  But, there is a lot to talk about while that is on the screen, so it didn’t feel too forced during the storytime.  Since my group was small today, I had the children tap and interact with the app during the sorting activity in the middle of the story and the cooking game at the end.  Once they touch the device though, that’s all they want to do.


“Five Little Cookies in the Bakery Shop”
(I found this rhyme via the King County Library System Site.  You should really watch their video because it is adorable.)

The rhyme seemed to be a big hit with the group.

Toca Store by Toca Boca (iOS; $2.99)
The kids help me set up a store together, each one got to pick out a few items they wanted to sell by actually tapping the iPad (The kids came running up to do this.  It only went as well as it did because we had so few children there.)  Then I played the customer and asked the group how much each item should cost.  We counted the money together.  Parents really wanted the purse when they found it magically supplied money for items if you didn’t have enough to buy it.

“Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill’s Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times


To Market, To Market
by Anne Miranda, illustrated by Janet Stevens


Nursery Rhyme with Storytime (iOS: FREE)

We read “This Little Piggy” from this app and did it together as a fingerplay as well.

Dino-Store by Roger Sedarat, illustrated by Trade Loeffler, from Bluemarker. 

This is such a fun and funny story — and it’s free!  Leo and his father go to the grocery store and are surprised when their large eggs hatch into dinosaurs on the way home!  The interaction of the story is subtle, but funny.



MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

APP: Just Grandpa and Me from Oceanhouse Media (iOS, Android, Nook, Kindle, HP TouchPad: $1.99)
APP: Five Little Monkeys go Shopping from appropos (iOS,$2.99)


This was a super fun storytime.  I only wish that we got more people attending!  Those who do come, however, seem to enjoy it.  And having only a few people come does me we get to interact more, so I suppose that is the trade off.

Thanks to the wonderful category page at Digital-Storytime that helps me come up with theme and app ideas.

ATTENDANCE: 5 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

App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.