Snow – Preschool Storytime

It’s be a while since I did a preschool snow storytime, so I thought I would circle back to that again.  It’s the perfect time of year for that (well, as perfect as it can be in Southern California, where it rarely snows), and since it’s an old standby theme it was easy to prep before being away from the library for a few days for the holidays.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:

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

INTRO:

I used this weather spinner that I found in the Target bargin area to start our storytime off with a conversation about the weather.  First we talked about what the weather was outside today — SUNNY!  Then I mentioned that we were going to have stories about a different kind of weather – snow.  I asked if anyone had seen or been to the snow, since that isn’t always a given with kids in this area.

BOOK:

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

MOVEMENT:

Watch the Snowflakes
(to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Watch the snowflakes, watch the snowflakes (flutter hands, starting above head)
Floating down, floating down (bring hands down a little with each line)
Oh so very slowly, oh so very slowly
All the way down
Down to the ground. (touch the ground)

Other verses (use different motions in place of slowly):
Oh so very quickly (wiggle fingers faster)
From oh so very high (stand up on tiptoes)
Oh so very twirly (twirl hands round and around each other)

Nonfiction Moment:

Curious About Snow
by Gina Shaw
I used this book to show what snowflakes looked like up close.  I didn’t read anything from this, but just showed some of the photographs

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Little Snowflakes
(taken from Storytime Katie)

1 little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and then there were… 2!
2 little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and then there were… 3!
3 little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and then there were… 4!
4 little snowflakes dancing a jive,
Along came another and then there were… 5!
5 little snowflakes, having so much fun!
Out came then sun (put the sun on the flannelboard
And then there were… NONE!
(at this point I tried to wipe all the snowflakes down my flannelboard, to mimic melting, but it didn’t go very well…)

MOVEMENT:

“Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs by Raffi

BOOK:

First Snow by Peter McCarty

VIDEO:

“The Snowy Day” from The Ezra Jack Keats Collection based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner; pictures by Mark Buehner
Book: Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau; illustrated by David Walker
Book: If it’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! by Kim Norman; illustrated by Liza Woodruff
Book: Bear & Hare: Snow! by Emily Gravett
Book: Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
Book: Waiting for Snow by words by Marsha Diane Arnold; drawings by Renata Liwska
Book: Outside by  Deirdre Gill

OTHER AWESOME RESOURCES:

HOW IT WENT:
Today’s storytime was ok.  I think the books I chose for today were a little bit long for the audience, as we had some young preschoolers in the audience.  But for the most part, they were able to sit and listen — I think I was probably more aware of it then they were.

ATTENDANCE: 13 (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Saturday, December 28, 2019 @ Children’s Room

*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

Snow – Toddler Storytime

For our last storytime of the Fall session, we celebrated the start of a new season with stories of snow (even it was a little early for that.).

SONG: Welcome Song

MOVEMENT: “Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun: songs and rhymes from the parent-child Mother Goose program by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

LETTER FLANNELBOARD:
S is for Snow
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Today we reviewed the sound the letter S makes, drew it with our fingers, and talked about a smile, a sun, a star and a snowflake.  (I left out the stegosaurus and the sheep for this round of S.)

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Snow”

BOOK:
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Bear & Hare: Snow! by Emily Gravett

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

COUNTING FLANNELBOARD:
Snowflakes
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We counted 7 snowflakes.

Sing:
It’s counting time, it’s counting time
so let’s all count while I put these in a line.

Then we count the whatevers as they go up.

Sing:
It’s counting time, it’s counting time
so let’s all count as they go bye-bye

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Little Snowpals
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Pattern and rhyme from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes

Five little snowpals, standing in a row
Each has a hat and a big red bow
Out came the sun and it shown all day
One little snowpal melted away.

Repeat using 4… 3… 2… 1…

 

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

MOVEMENT: The Itsy Bitsy Spider*

BOOK:
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Snowy Sunday by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Helen Craig

MOVEMENT: Two Little Blackbirds*

VIDEO:
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“The Snowy Day” from The Ezra Jack Keats Collection, based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
George-One_Mitten Thompson-Mouses_First_Snow Sayre-Best_In_Snow Savage-Supertruck Hubbell-Snow_Happy Heiligman-Snow_Dog_Go_Dog 
Baby's First Word Stories Get Dressed DVD

Book: One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
Book: Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Book: Best In Snow by April Pulley Sayre
Book: Supertruck by Stephen Savage
Book: Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell, illustrations by Hiroe Nakata
Book: Snow Dog, Go Dog story by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by Tim Bowers
DVD: “Let’s Play in the Snow” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Get Dressed

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I’m not sure that The Snowy Day worked well as a toddler video.  It might be better for a preschool audience.

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  43 people      11 am: 43 people

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

Snow – Infant Storytime

Even though it’s not yet December, we shared stories about Snow for our last storytime of this session.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: In the Toaster*
I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*
Icky Bicky Soda Cracker*
Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE SIGN: “Snow”

BOOK:
Gravett-Bear_and_Hare_Snow
Bear & Hare: Snow!
by Emily Gravett

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Build a Snowman
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First the body,
then the head.
A stovepipe hat
and a scarf of red.
Next the eyes
and a carrot nose.
And two arms of sticks
placed just so.

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:
Henkes-Oh
Oh!
words by Kevin Henkes, pictures by Laura Dronzek

TICKLE: Chicken in the Barnyard*
These are Baby’s Fingers*
Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly,  Goes the Garden Snail*
Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe
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(Pattern taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)

One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, knock on the door.
Five, six, pick up sticks.
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Nine, ten, a big fat hen.

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

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Book: Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Book: Snow Babies by Laura Ellen Anderson

HOW IT WENT:
Snow fun!

PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (adults and children)

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

Brr! It’s a Cold Winter – Preschool Storytime

Since I presented this storytime the day before the new season, it’s time to celebrate Winter!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Jump Up, Turn Around” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill

BOOK:

Froggy Gets Dressed
 by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

MOVEMENT:  The Winter Pokey
(to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)
(taken from Steph on Perpetual Preschool)

You put your right mitten in
You put your right mitten out
You put your right mitten in
And you shake it all about.
You do the winter pokey
And you turn yourself about
That’s what it’s all about (BRRR! BRRR!)

Other verses:
– Left mitten
– Right boot
– Left boot
– winter hat (head)
– snow suit (whole body)

FLANNELBOARD:
The Penguin Went Over the Iceberg
Penguin Went Over the Iceberg Flannelboard
(Idea from Storytime Katie)

(to tune of: “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”)
The penguin went over the iceberg
The penguin went over the iceberg
The penguin went over the iceberg
to see what he could see.
But all that he could see
But all that he could see
was the other side of the iceberg
The other side of the iceberg
The other side of the iceberg
was all that he could see.

FLANNELBOARD:
Snowball, Snowball
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(Idea from So Tomorrow)

Snowball, snowball
cold and round!
Behind which mitten
can you be found?
Are you behind the color mitten?

You play this one in the same way as Little Mouse, Little Mouse – by hiding the snowball behind a mitten before you start and then seeing if you can find it.  Since I had a really small group today, and they were older, I let the kids pick which mitten I should turn over.

MOVEMENT:
Cute Little Snowman
A cute little snowman                   (hold up left fist for snowman)
Had a carrot nose                        (stick out pointer finger on fist to make nose, if you want)
Along came a rabbit                     (hold up 2 fingers of right hand to make a rabbit)
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little rabbit                (move the right hand closer to the left hand)
Looking for his lunch
Ate that snowman’s carrot nose
nibble, nibble, crunch.                (lightly pinch left pointer finger or fist with right hand)

 

BOOK:

Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! by Maureen Wright, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

MOVEMENT: Watch the Snowflakes
(to tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Watch the snowflakes, watch the snowflakes
Floating down, floating down
Oh so very slowly, oh so very slowly
All the way down
to the ground.

VIDEO:

“The Snowy Day” from The Snowy Day… and more Ezra Jack Keats stories based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 

Book: One- Dog Sleigh by Mary Casanova, pictures by Ard Hoyt
Book:Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
Book: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner, pictures by Mark Buehner
Book: A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann

Flannelboard: The Mitten based on the book by Jan Brett

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
This was a fun storytime, but a very small one — I only had 7 people there!  I think with the holidays, it was just slower.  I wish I had had an older age flannelboard ready to go for this one (probably The Mitten), but they seemed to like Snowball, Snowball since they got to participate.

ATTENDANCE: 7 (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

Snow – Toddler Storytime

It it precipitating here today, but it’s not cold enough to snow.  (Is it ever?)

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands, Clap Your Hands” from Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

BOOK:

One Mitten
 by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Snowflakes flannelboard logo cropped
10 Snowflakes

FLANNELBOARD:
Five Little Snowpals
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from Felt Board Fingerplays  by Liz & Dick Wilmes, art by Janet McDonnell

Five little snowpals standing in a row.
Each has a hat and big red bow.
Out came the sun and it shone all day.
Until one little snowpal melted away.

Repeat with 4…3…2..1 snowpals

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

Pip & Squeak
 by Ian Schoenherr

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

VIDEO:
Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles DVD
“Snow” from Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles and Other Stories

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
   

Book: Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Book: Snow Happy! by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
Book: The First Snowfall by Anne & Harlow Rockwell
Book: A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann
Book: A Winter Day by Douglas Florian

HOW IT WENT:

There were no AV issues today, so that helped get things off to a good start.  I have had Pip & Squeak on my lists for a while as a possible toddler book, I am glad that I tried it out today — it worked really well.  I would use it again in the future.

I think it would also be fun to get those fake snowballs that I’ve seen around and do some kind of activity with those during storytime.  Though it does say that those are for ages 3 and up, so maybe not.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  27 people      11 am: 24 people

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

Snow – Infant Storytime

Since this was the last storytime of the Fall session, it seemed fitting to finish things up with a winter theme of snow.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Roly Poly Roly Poly*
Ride a Little Pony*
I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock*
In the toaster*

(At the end of the storytime session I like to do a refresher of all the bounces we’ve done to keep them fresh in parents’ minds.)

BOOK:

Oh!
 words by Kevin Henkes, pictures by Laura Dronzek

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

FLANNELBOARD:
Build a Snowman
Build a Snowman Flannelboard 1 logo cropped Build a Snowman Flannelboard 2 logo cropped(Another one that I cannot remember where I found it.  It was on page 61 of the book though, and the pattern was on page 77…)

(Original Rhyme)
First the body
And then the head.
A stovepipe hat
and a scarf of red.
Pebbles for eyes
And a carrot nose
A mouth made of raisins
In two smiling rows.

(ok, so right before storytime I checked my pieces and found that I had lost the tiny circles that I use for the raisins.  I quickly changed the poem to this:)
First the body
And then the head.
A stovepipe hat
and a scarf of red.
Pebbles for eyes
And a carrot nose
Twigs for arms,
placed just so.

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

BOOK:

Sleepy Bear
 by Lydia Dabcovich

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*
Slowly, Slowly Very Slowly Goes the Garden Snail*
These are Baby’s Fingers*

(Like the bounces, I give the tickles a review at the end of the session.)

NURSERY RHYME FLANNELBOARD:
Baa Baa Black Sheep
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(Patterns taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)

Baa Baa black sheep, Have you any wool?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full.
One for the master,
And one for the dame.
One for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Baa Baa black sheep, Have you any wool?
Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Three bags full.

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

HOW IT WENT:

It was a nice storytime, and a good way to finish up the session.  I had caregivers asking if I would make the bounces and rhymes available, so that’s always a good sign, when they want to continue at home.

ATTENDANCE: 29 people (It was raining, so I think some people stayed away.)

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