Keeping Safe – Infant/Toddler Storytime

Today we had a special storytime at the library!  We are currently in the middle of two grants: one focused on Well-Being, and another focused on children 0-5 thriving in the community.  This storytime brought both those two grants together.  We have a public health nurse with us from the early learning grant, and she joined us today for this storytime focused on safety.  She was also there to chat with parents and talk to them.  Since this was part of our Well-Being grant, we also passed out kits with information and well-being toys for families.  It was fun!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:
“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT: Open, Shut Them

MOVEMENT:
Ride a Little Pony
Ride a little pony (bounce baby on lap)
Going to town
Better watch out
or you might fall –
DOWN!  (gently “drop”/lower baby down between legs/on legs, etc.)

MOVEMENT: Open, Shut Them

BOOK:
Yolen-How_Do_Dinosaurs_Stay_Safe
How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?
by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
Our guest today, Nurse Natasha, read this title.
We paperclipped a couple pages, just so it was a little shorter/relevant to the infant/toddler audience.

FLANNELBOARD:
Green says, “Go”!
FB-Green-Says-Go_jeninthelibrary

Green says, “Go!” (march quickly)
Go! Go! Go!

Yellow says, “Slow.” (march slowly)
Slow…slow…slow

And red says, “Stop!” (stop marching)

Go! Go! Go!
Slow…slow…slow…
Stop

Taken from: Pasadena Public Library

MOVEMENT:
Roly Poly
(
to the tune of: “Frere Jacques”)
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down

Roly poly, roly poly
out, out, out
out, out, out
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
in, in, in
in, in, in

Roly poly, roly poly
fast, fast, fast
fast, fast, fast
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
slow, slow, slow
slow, slow, slow

I learned this rhyme from my colleague, but you can also see it done by the fabulous jbrary: https://youtu.be/oexBMxMKNFU

For this time around, I changed the rhyme and instead of out and in, I used big and small as adjectives, to fit in with the theme.

MOVEMENT:
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

FLANNELBOARD:FB-Nurse_Wore_Color_Scrubs_jeninthelibrary
To start this flannelboard, I asked our guest Nurse Natasha to tell me about what she was wearing.  Then we went into the flannelboard and sang the following.

Nurse Wore Colored Scrubs
(to the tune of: “Mary Wore Her Red Dress”)
This nurse were his/her/their red scrubs
red scrubs, red scrubs.
This nurse wore his/her/their red scrubs all day long.

Repeat for the other colors.

MOVEMENT:

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:
Armier-Hello_Hometown_Heroes
Hello, Hometown Heroes by Toni Armier, illustrated by Anna Jones

This was another one where I skipped a few pages, to make it a little more relevant to our safety theme and audience.

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert (probably better for preschool)
Book: Yes, No Little Hippo: A Book about Being Safe by Jane Belk Moncure, illustrated by Vera K. Gohman
Book: Let’s Be Safe by Alice Le Hénand, illustrated by Thierry Bedouet

OTHER AWESOME RESOURCES:

ATTENDANCE: 35 people (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Tuesday, March 8  @ Lamanda

Thoughts on Storytime:  Safety is a hard topic to do with such little ones!  A lot of the books are geared towards preschool or older, and I don’t want to induce fears instead of focus on being safe.  After looking at storytime katie’s blog post that I linked to above, and getting the idea to focus on people who do keep us safe (community helpers), I think this came together a little better.

*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

Big and Little – Infant/Toddler Storytime

This was another storytime that was driven by wanting to share a specific book.  When I saw Big Bear, Little Bear by Marine Schneider, it was so sweet and lovely, and I wanted to share it.  I’ve been trying to use a few more board books in my infant/toddler storytime.  I know that they are smaller, so may not share so well, but this one had very sparse images so I thought I would take a chance on it.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:
“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT:
The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh the Grand Old Duke of York (bounce baby on lap)
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up)
And he marched them down again. (bring baby back down to lap)
And when they’re up, they’re up. (lift baby up)
And when they’re down, they’re down. (bring baby down)
And when they’re only halfway up (lift baby up halfway)
Their neither up  (lift baby up all the way)
nor down. (bring baby back down to lap.)

MOVEMENT: Open, Shut Them

BOOK:
Wilson-Big_Bear_Small_Mouse
Big Bear, Small Mouse
by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman
A cute story about opposites, with a delightful big and small friendship.

MOVEMENT:
This is Big
This is big, big, big (stretch your arms out to the side)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold hand, palm facing down, close to the ground)
This is tall, tall, tall (lift hand, palm facing down, above head)
This is fast, fast, fast (circle fists quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (circle fists slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head yes)
This is no, no, no (shake head no)

Taken from: Mel’s Desk

MOVEMENT:
Roly Poly
(
to the tune of: “Frere Jacques”)
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down

Roly poly, roly poly
out, out, out
out, out, out
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
in, in, in
in, in, in

Roly poly, roly poly
fast, fast, fast
fast, fast, fast
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
slow, slow, slow
slow, slow, slow

I learned this rhyme from my colleague, but you can also see it done by the fabulous jbrary: https://youtu.be/oexBMxMKNFU

For this time around, I changed the rhyme and instead of out and in, I used big and small as adjectives, to fit in with the theme.

MOVEMENT:
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

FLANNELBOARD:

Little Ball, Big Ball
FB-Little_Ball_Big_Ball_jeninthelibrary

A little ball, a bigger ball, a great big ball I see.
Can you count the yellow balls? One, two, three.

Repeat for red and blue…

Add the the green ball (or any other color ball) and say:

Little balls, big balls, another ball I see.
Can you count all the balls? 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10!

PUPPETS:
Puppet-Great_Big_Cat_Teeny_Little_Mouse_jeninthelibrary
The Great Big Cat, and the Teeny Little Mouse
There was a GREAT BIG CAT  (say “great big cat” in a big voice)
and a Teeny Little Mouse   (say “teeny little mouse” in a small squeaky voice)
Who ran around and around  (Roll hands with cat and mouse around each other)
In a tall, tall house!   (Stretch arms above head)
Until that teeny tiny mouse  (say “teeny little mouse” in a small squeaky voice)
got caught at last   (have cat catch mouse)
Because that GREAT BIG CAT  (say “great big cat” in a big voice)
ran around so fast!   (Roll hands with cat and mouse around each other)

Puppets purchased and rhyme taken from: Artfelt

MOVEMENT:

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

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:
Schneider-Big_Bear_Little_Bear
Big Bear, Little Bear by Marine Schneider

MOVEMENT:
Very Very Tall
I’m very very tall (reach up high)
I’ve very very small (reach down low)
Tall (reach up high)
Small (reach down low)
Now I’m a little ball (curl up)

Taken from: Old Town School of Folk Music
I did this one acapella this time around

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Panda Big and Panda Small by Jane Cabrera
Book: Big and Little by Margaret Miller
Book: Big Bug by Henry Cole
Book: Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor, illustrated by Jill Barton (maybe better for preschool?)

OTHER AWESOME RESOURCES:

ATTENDANCE: 26 people (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Tuesday, January 25  @ Lamanda

Thoughts on Storytime:  This was a fun one.  For this theme, I did want to use books that highlighted both big and small, rather than one, then the other.  I was really surprised by how great the flannel board worked.  It was so simple, but really seemed to hold the audience’s attention well.

*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

Blankets – Infant/Toddler Storytime

It’s been raining all day today!  For Southern California, that sure is exciting.  I feel like I may have missed the chance to do a rain themed storytime on a rainy day, but Blankets felt like a relevant topic today too.  I know I like to be curled up with a cozy blanket on a rainy day.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:
“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT:
The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh the Grand Old Duke of York (bounce baby on lap)
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up)
And he marched them down again. (bring baby back down to lap)
And when they’re up, they’re up. (lift baby up)
And when they’re down, they’re down. (bring baby down)
And when they’re only halfway up (lift baby up halfway)
Their neither up  (lift baby up all the way)
nor down. (bring baby back down to lap.)

MOVEMENT: Open, Shut Them

BOOK:
Fly Blanky Fly by Lewis
Fly, Blanky, Fly
by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri
This was a fun one because I had kids/caregivers act out and do the motions that the blanket does in the story.

MOVEMENT:

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT:
Roly Poly
(
to the tune of: “Frere Jacques”)
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down

Roly poly, roly poly
out, out, out
out, out, out
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
in, in, in
in, in, in

Roly poly, roly poly
fast, fast, fast
fast, fast, fast
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
slow, slow, slow
slow, slow, slow

I learned this rhyme from my colleague, but you can also see it done by the fabulous jbrary: https://youtu.be/oexBMxMKNFU

MOVEMENT:
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

FLANNELBOARD:


Blanket Colors
Blanket Colors Flannelboard

I once had a blanket.
It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was __________ (blue).

I once had a blanket,
The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (green).

I once had a blanket,
Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was _______ (yellow).

I once had a blanket,
At the foot of my bed.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (red).

MOVEMENT:

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

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds”

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:
Patricelli-Blankie
Blankie by Leslie Patricelli

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

 

Book: Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Book: Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum
Book: Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori
Book: Blankie by Ben Clanton (Board Book) (My library doesn’t have this one yet, but I’m adding it in here so I can remember to check it out for next time.)
Book: Blanket of Love by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes (Board Book)
Book: Blankies by Carol Thompson (Board Book)

ATTENDANCE: 4 people (adults and children)

DATE PRESENTED: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 @ Lamanda

*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

Bathtime – Toddler Storytime

It seems so hard to make sure I’m keeping up with entering my storytimes. Figuring out how to get back into habits can be hard. But I want to make sure I am keeping this updated, because it is so helpful to have a log of different storytimes I’ve done.

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We took a dip into stories about bath time for this Toddler Storytime!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT:
“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

MOVEMENT:
The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh the Grand Old Duke of York (bounce baby on lap)
He had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby up)
And he marched them down again. (bring baby back down to lap)
And when they’re up, they’re up. (lift baby up)
And when they’re down, they’re down. (bring baby down)
And when they’re only halfway up (lift baby up halfway)
Their neither up  (lift baby up all the way)
nor down. (bring baby back down to lap.)

MOVEMENT: Open, Shut Them

BOOK:
Cousins-Maisy-Takes-a-Bath
Maisy Takes a Bath by Lucy Cousins

MOVEMENT:

“Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT:
Roly Poly
(
to the tune of: “Frere Jacques”)
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up
up, up, up
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
down, down, down
down, down, down

Roly poly, roly poly
out, out, out
out, out, out
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
in, in, in
in, in, in

Roly poly, roly poly
fast, fast, fast
fast, fast, fast
Roly roly poly
roly roly poly
slow, slow, slow
slow, slow, slow

I learned this rhyme from my colleague, but you can also see it done by the fabulous jbrary: https://youtu.be/oexBMxMKNFU

MOVEMENT:
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Elephants in the BathtubFive Elephants in the Bathtub

Flannelboard pieces and rhyme from ArtFelt

1 elephant in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)

2 elephants in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)

3 elephants in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)

4 elephants in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
Come on in! (Wave hand invitingly)

5 elephants in the bathtub
going for a swim.
Knock, knock (clap hands for each knock)
Splash, splash (pat lap for each splash)
And they all fell in! (Knock all the elephants and tub off the flannelboard!)

MOVEMENT:

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

MOVEMENT:

“Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays for Fun and Learning by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass.

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:
Teckentrup-Get_Out_of_My_Bath
Get Out of My Bath! by Britta Teckentrup

MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator, illustrated by David Walker
Book: Wild! Bathtime by Courtney Dicmas
Book: Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker
Book: Small Elephant’s Bathtime by Tatyana Feeney

ATTENDANCE: This feels like so long ago that I can’t remember.   I have to check my stats.

DATE PRESENTED: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ Lamanda

*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

Colors – Signs ‘n Storytime

This was my third Signs n’ Storytime.  As I’ve mentioned before, I approach this storytime as a way for parents to get exposed to some signs that they can use with their little ones.

Disclaimer: I am not bilingual in ASL. I took some courses in college (which seems like a million years ago now…)

This month, we focused on colors.  So instead of learning completely different signs with each book, we had a lot of time to review the same signs.

SONG: “Hello Friends” in ASL

taken from Jbrary
I changed this one a little so instead of doing it time to “say” Hello, I sing, “it’s time to Sign Hello” and use the ASL word for sign

SIGNS USED DURING THIS PROGRAM:
Color
Red
Orange
Yellow
Green
Blue
Purple
Pink
Brown
Black
White
Gray
Rainbow

This video from ASL That is a quick introduction to a bunch of color signs:

BOOK:

Knock! Knock!  by Anna-Clara Tidholm.

Signs used with the story:
Flash Lights (We used this sign when the Knock! Knock! sound happened, as doorbells are often connected to lights to signal their “ring” to a deaf person)
Blue
Red
Green
Yellow (thought the kids in storytime thought the Yellow door in this story was Orange, so we actually signed that instead…  It does look orange-y in the illustrations)
White 

MOVEMENT:
 Hokey Pokey

FLANNELBOARD:
I Went Walking
 
Based on the book by Sue Williams, illustrated by Julie Vivas

Signs used with story:
Black
Brown
Red 
Green
Pink (the pig is a light pink, even though it looks white in the photo)
Yellow

MOVEMENT: If You’re Happy and You Know It

I sung this one a capella, and when we clap our hands we do the ASL version of clapping, we stomp our feet, and we pound our chest.  Whenever there is clapping in this storytime (at the end of a book, etc) we always do it the ASL way.

BOOK:

Cat’s Colors by Airlie Anderson

Signs used with story:
Gray
Green 
Red 
Blue
Purple
Orange
Black
Yellow

VIDEO:
  
“Planting a Rainbow” from 20 Stories for Spring based on the book by Lois Ehlert.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

      

Book: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
(signs to use with story: white, black, red, blue, green, brown, yellow, pink, gray,             orange, purple)
Book: Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horácek
(signs to use with story: pink, brown, green, red, orange, purple, blue, yellow, 
Book: Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman
(signs to use with story: blue, red, yellow, green, brown)
Book: Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes story by Eric Litwin, art by James Dean
(signs to use with story: white, red, blue, brown)
Book: Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun.
(signs to use with story: black, orange, green, blue, red, yellow)
Book: Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
(signs to use with story: blue, yellow, pink, brown, gold, green, gray, white)
Book: See the Colors: Sign Language for Colors by Dawn Babb Porochovnic, illustrated by Stephanie Bauer

HOW IT WENT: This was a nice theme, because it was easy to find good books to use.  I had a much smaller group this time.  I also learned that some of the handshapes (“g”, “p”, “k”) seemed to be hard for the little ones to make.  I need to do some research into how to explain them better.  I was ok with “g” (make a fist, point your pointer finger out, and point your thumb out too), but describing the others caught me off guard.  If anyone has a good resource for this, please share!

PRESENTED: Thursday, September 13, 2018

ATTENDANCE: 4 people (adults and children)