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/ )

Bears – Toddler Storytime

I filled in for our last storytime of our Summer session at the last-minute, so I just pulled this Bear storytime together quickly.

SONG: Welcome Song

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

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
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Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Christopher Denise

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

COUNTING SONG:*
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10 Teddy Bears

FLANNELBOARD:

Bears
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(to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
Big and brown, big and brown.
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
And live in the woods.

Polar bears are soft and white,
Soft and white, soft and white.
Polar bears are soft and white,
And live in the cold.

Teddy bears are just my size,
Just my size, just my size.
Teddy bears are just my size,
To cuddle with at night.

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

BOOK:
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Bear & Hare: Where’s Bear? by Emily Gravett

VIDEO:
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“Follow the Leader” from Little Bear: Rainy Day Tales

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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Book: Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley (or the other Bear books by Foley
Book: Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Book: Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker (or others in this series)
Book: Bear and Hare: Go Fishing by Emily Gravett

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Bear & Hare: Where’s Bear? was the reason I decided to go with this theme for storytime.  When books in the Bear & Hare series came in, I thought they would be so perfect for Toddler storytime — and it worked really well!  Especially because I had the kids join in for the hide & seek countdown.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  44 people      11 am: 30 people

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

Outer Space – eStorytime

I’ve been a little slow in blogging about my estorytimes this summer.  So here’s the one I presented on July 8th.  I’m considering it a posting success since I’m getting it done before the end of the month!

Opening Slide on Keynote:
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SONG:
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Welcome Song

APP:
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Lazoo: Squiggles! (iOS, free)
(This may now be available as part of the Lazoo Art Box, iOS, $1.99)

Each child got a chance to draw a squiggle behind a rocket to help blast off into space!  (Ok, well, to blast us off into a storytime about space, anyway.)

eBook/APP:
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Monster’s Socks (iOS, Android; $1.99)
created by Jordan Stone and Martin Hughes, music by Bob Schneider

Monster’s Socks have run away and he sets out on an epic quest to find them, that leads him through fields, over water, and into space.

This is an interesting app, because instead of page turns, you walk Monster through his adventure.  Whenever Monster comes across a yellow circle, the text of the story appears.  It’s a fun and engaging tale, and since my group was a little older this time it seemed to work pretty well (it’s a bit long).

MOVEMENT:
Rocket
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I’m a rocket on the ground  (crouch down on ground).
Waiting quietly without a sound (say softly and put finger to lips)
Light this fuse on my little toe  (wiggle little toe, or point finger at toe).
Ready for blastoff, here I go!  (Put hands over head to form rocket point).
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1  (Jump into air)
Whooosh!

(rhyme taken from SLC Book Boy)


PRINT BOOK:
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Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! by Margaret Mayo, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

APP:
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Felt Board from Software Smoothie ($2.99; iOS)
I used Felt Board to recreate this rhyme taken from Mel’s Desk via Falling Flannelboards

If You’re Going to the Moon
(to tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It)
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If you’re going to the moon, wear your spacesuit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your spacesuit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon, wear your spacesuit (ziiiiip)

Other Verses:
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…wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
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…wear your helmet (pat head, pat head)
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wear your gloves (clap, clap)
…are you ready and dressed? (say, “Oh yes!”)

I was so excited that Felt Board had all the pieces I needed to turn this rhyme into a digital flannelboard story!  I started with just the woman on the space background, then added the different pieces of clothing as we got to those.  Ok, sure the spacesuit had gloves and boots connected to it, but we jazzed things up a bit using a different color.  Fun!

Song/Movement:
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

APP:
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Sweet Dreams Mo from StoryToys (iOS; $2.99)

Mo can’t sleep without his friends!  So he voyages into space to bring them home.

A charming bedtime story app, this one was fun because each of the kids in the audience got to take a turn tapping at the different plants where Mo’s friend’s are hiding.  I thought this one might take too long when I tried it on my own, but it seemed to work really well with the group.

MOVEMENT: “Storytime’s Over”*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Space Explorer App logo Twinkle Twinkle Little Star App logo

APP: Sago Mini Space Explorer (iOS, Android, Kindle; $2.99)
APP: Twinkle Twinkle from SuperSimple Learning (iOS, $2.99)

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:
This was my largest eStorytime yet!  I had a summer school group come in.  At first I was worried that not everyone would get to touch and tap along with the stories, but it worked out really well.  I was also glad that the group was a bit older, since both the book apps I chose to use were on the longer side.

I did learn an important lesson — make sure your iPad (or other tablet device) has enough space on it to run the apps properly.  Since I’ve been working on eStorytimes for a while I’ve collected quite a few apps, and they are taking up precious memory on my device.  I think that’s why my iPad froze TWICE! during this storytime.  The first time we sang the “If You’re iPad’s disconnected song”.  The next time was during our last story, and it didn’t look like things were going to unfreeze early enough to make it worthwhile.  Lesson learned.  Time to delete!  Also future self: buy more memory than you think you need!

One of the best parts of this storytime was afterward, I had a parent there who asked me about the apps I used.  She said that she was a teacher and that she really liked what I had done with those, and wanted to try something similar with her students.  It made me feel like a real media mentor, and in the best way — but do no explicit teaching, but just by showing an example of what this technology can be.

ATTENDANCE: 18 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

Please note: App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. All prices taken from the iOS app price.  There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.

Special thanks to Digital Storytime for their app reviews by subject, that make putting together a themed eStorytime much easier.

Swimming – Toddler Storytime

It’s hot here in the summer, and so doing a storytime about swimming felt like the coolest thing to do.  Especially since I don’t have a pool.

SONG: Welcome Song

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

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
Elephants Swim by Riley
Elephants Swim by Linda Capus Riley, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

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

COUNTING SONG:*
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10 Whales

FLANNELBOARD:
Fish Swimming in the Ocean Flannelboard
Fish Swimming in the Water
Idea and Song taken from “All the Fish” by Caspar Babypants on I Found You!

(start with 1 fish on the board)I
One little fish is swimming in the water, (put palms together, make hands swim)
swimming in the water,
swimming in the water.
One little fish is swimming in the water.
Bubble (wiggle fingers up)
Bubble (wiggle fingers up higher)
Bubble (wiggle fingers up higher)
Pop! (clap hands overhead as you say Pop)

Repeat by adding or taking away fish as you’d like.

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

BOOK:
Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Rylant
Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant, pictures by Brian Biggs

VIDEO:
Peppa Pig Cold Winter Day DVD
“Swimming” from Peppa Pig Cold Winter Day

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Maisy Learns to Swim by Cousins Swim Duck Swim by Lurie Playtime Maisy DVD

Book: Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins
Book: Swim, Duck, Swim! by Susan Lurie, photographs by Murray Head
DVD: “Pool” from Play Time Maisy

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Flannel Friday! Five Swimming Fishies from My Storytime Life
Flannelboard Flashback: CSLP 2010 from Storytime Katie

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Yay for swimming!   Reading Elephants Swim was a lot of fun because we acted out how the different animals interact with water.  It did seem a little big long, so I shorted it, but I still think it worked really well.  I loved our flannelboard song – while I just sang a capella to the melody of the Caspar Babypants song, it’s really worth a listen.  I first learned of that one when I was planning for a dance program.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  46 people      11 am: 49 people

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

Let’s Dance – 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.   The boxes are routed from branch to branch so that each week a branch has a different storytime ready to go.  You don’t have to use the storyboxes, but they are there as an option when you need them.

Let’s Dance!

BOOKS:
Dancing in My Bones by AndrewsHow Do You Wokka-Wokka by BluemleDuck Sock Hop by Kohuth

Dancing in My Bones
 by Sylvia Andrews, illustrated by Ellen Mueller
How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth, illustrated by Jane Porter

Dow by the Cool of the Pool by Mitton Brontorina by Howe Wiggle by Cronin
Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton, pictures by Guy Parker-Rees
Brontorina by James Howe, illustrated by Randy Cecil
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin, art by Scott Menchin

Dancing Feet by CraigSailorBoyJigbyBrownGiant Dance Party by Bird
Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird, illustrated by Brandon Dorman

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Let’s Dance Grandma! written and illustrated by Nigel McMullen
Rain Dance by Kathi Appelt, pictures by Emilie Chollat

Rupert Can Dance by Feiffer Catty Jane Who Loved to Dance by GorbachevBea at Ballet by Isadora
Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer
Catty Jane Who Loved to Dance by Valeri Gorbachev
Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora

Barn Dance by Hutchins Deer Dancer by Ray Baby Danced the Polka by BeaumontBarn Dance! by Pat Hutchins
Deer Dancer by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont, pictures by Jennifer Plecas

Rap a Tap Tap Here's Bojangles Think of That by Dillon Hilda must be dancing I Got the Rhythm by Schofield-MorrisonRap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That! by Leo & Diane Dillon
Hilda Must Be Dancing! by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Suzanne Watts
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illustrated by Frank Morrison

How Can You Dance by Walton My Friend Maya Loves to Dance Zombelina by CrowHow Can You Dance? by Rick Walton and Ana López-Escrivá
My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson, illustrated by Eric Valasquez
Zombelina by Kristyn Crow, illustrated by Molly Idle

FLANNELBOARDS:

5 Ballet Dancers
5 Ballet Dancers Storybox Type name
(I know there are 6 dancers in the picture – I made one extra in case.)  I had made me a version of this flannelboard and it was colored in pellon.  I didn’t want to put my originals in the storybox in case they got lost or some pieces went missing, so I color photo-copied the pieces, cut them out, laminated them, and then put felt on the back.  I was suprised at how well it worked!)

Five ballet dancers
Prancing on their toes
They twirl and spin and jump
Then off the stage one goes.

4 ballet dancers…
3 ballet dancers…
2 ballet dancers…

One ballet dancer
Prancing on his/her toes
S/He twirls and spins and jumps
Then off the stage s/he goes.

No more dancers!  The performance is over.
And what do we do at the end of a performance?
We applaud!  (clap)

(taken from Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artslit/dancing.pdf)

(Loyal readers may recognize this set from some I had made earlier.  I have my own personal version of this flannelboard that I made out of pellon and colored with crayon.  I didn’t want to put my originals in the storybox in case they got lost or some pieces went missing, so I color photo-copied the pieces, cut them out, laminated them, and then put felt on the back.  I was surprised at how well it worked!)

Wee Red Shoes: Dance Edition
Wee Red Shoes - Dance Edition Storybox Flannelboard version name - Copy

Once there were some wee red shoes.  They lived in a shoe shop.  They lived there a long time.  “This is no fun,” said one wee red shoe.  “I want to dance,” said the other wee red shoes.  So they danced out of the shoe shop.  They danced down the street: tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a hen.  “Stop!” called Hen.  “I want to wear you.”  She jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now scratch!” said Hen.  “We cannot scratch,” said wee red shoes.  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Hen.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a duck.  “Stop!” called Duck.  “I want to wear you.”  She jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now swim!” said Duck.  “We cannot swim,” said wee red shoes.  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Hen.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a dog.  “Stop!” called Dog.  “I want to wear you.”  He jumped into the wee red shoes.  “Now run!” said dog.  “We cannot run,” said wee red shoes.  “And, anyway, you need four shoes.  There are only two of us!”  “Then I cannot wear you,” said Dog.  “Dance away!”  The wee red shoes danced along.  They danced and danced – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

They saw a young girl.  She was barefoot.  She was crying.  The little red shoes jumped on the girl’s feet.  She looked down and saw the shoes.  She stopped crying.

“Will you wear us?”  asked the wee red shoes.  “We will dance for you.”

“Will you dance in class?” asked the girl. “I have a lot to learn.”

“Yes!” answered the wee red shoes.  “We will dance and help you learn every day.”

“Oh, thank you, thank you!” said the girl.  “Now I can take dance lessons!”

The wee red shoes were happy.  The young girl was happy.   And away they went to dance class – tippy-tap, tippy-tap, tippy-tap.

(adapted from: Anderson, Paul S.  Story Telling with the Flannel Board: Book One.  Art work by Miss Irene Francis.  T.S. Denison & Co: Minneapolis, Minn.  1962. Pg 67-69.)


MOVEMENT, SONGS, AND FINGERPLAYS:

Tommy Thumbs
Tommy thumbs are up, (thumbs up)
Tommy thumbs are down. (thumbs down)
Tommy thumbs are dancing,  (move thumbs up and down)
All around the town.
Dance them on your shoulders, (tap thumbs on shoulders)
Dance them on your head, (tap thumbs on head)
Dance them on your knees, (tap thumbs on knee)
And tuck them into bed. (tuck thumbs under opposite arms)

Put your two arms up,
And put your two arms down.
Make your two arms do
A dance around the town.
Straighten them in front,
And straighten them in back,
Bend them to the sides,
And now you lay them flat.

(from: Northport-East Northport Public Library: http://www.nenpl.org/childrens/bibliographies/titles/rhymes.php)

Penny Thumbkin
Penny Thumbkin upstairs, (move thumbs upward)
Penny Thumbkin down, (move thumbs below shoulders)
Penny Thumbkin dancing (dance thumbs)
All around the town.

Dancing on my shoulders (dance thumbs on shoulders)
Dancing on my head (dance thumbs on head)
Dancing on my knees now (dance thumbs on knees)
Tuck them into bead (tuck thumbs under arms)

Other verses:
Pointer finger, tall finger, ring finger, pinky finger, Family (all fingers)

(From Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.)

Dancing Sheep
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!

(from: Dailey, Susan M.  http://www.susanmdailey.com/fingerplays.html   You can hear the song at this website: http://www.susanmdailey.com/Dancing_Sheep.mp3 )

Busy Fingers
This is the way my fingers stand,
Fingers stand, fingers stand,
This is the way my fingers stand
So early in the morning.
This is the way they dance about,
Dance about, dance about
This is the way they dance about
So early in the morning.
This is the way I fold my hands,
Fold my hands, fold my hands
This is the way I fold my hands,
So early in the morning.
This is the way they go to sleep,
Go to sleep, go to sleep
This is the way they go to sleep
So early in the morning.

(from: Canton Public Library.  https://www.cantonpl.org/youth/parents/poems/fingerplays/s-z )

Dance Thumbkin Dance
Dance, thumbkin, dance!
(hold thumb upward in a closed right fist)
Dance, thumbkin, dance!
Thumbkin cannot dance alone,
So dance, my merry men, every one,
(Hold up left hand fingers in motion)
And dance, thumbkin, dance!
(Thumb joins in movement)

Dance, foreman, dance!
(Close right hand,
point pointer finger upward,
hand still remain in position)

Dance, foreman, dance!
Foreman cannot dance alone,
So dance, my merry men, ev’ry one,
(Hold up left hand fingers in motion)

Dance, Pointer, dance…
Dance, Middleman, dance…
Dance, Ringman, dance….
Dance, Littleman, dance….
(taken from Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artslit/dancing.pdf)

Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed

(taken from Storytime Katie: http://storytimekatie.com/songs-rhymes/master-list/ )

The Hokey Pokey
Put your right hand in, put your right hand out
Put your right hand in, and you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about.
Put your left hand in…
Put your right foot in…
Put your left foot in…
Put your head in…
Put your whole self in…

Who Wants to Dance?
Who wants to dance? Who wants to dance?
Let me show you how to get, get, get down.
Who wants to dance? Who wants to dance?
Let me show you how to get, get, get down.

Everybody wash the windows…
Everybody drive the car…
Everybody do the swim…
Everybody climb the rope…

(from  Songs for Teaching.  http://www.songsforteaching.com/specialeducation/dancetherapy/whowantstodance.htm )

Dancing Bears
In the forest, when the moon is bright,
(whump, whump, whump)
All the bears go dancing in the light,
(thump, thump, thump)
‘Round a circle they do go,
Bear-y stiff and bear-y slow,
Singing with a bearish sort of sound,
(grump, (grump, grump, grump)

In the field between the ‘tato rows,
(hush, hush, hush)
All the mice are dancing on their toes
(shush, shush, shush)
If the cat should change to roam,
They would all go running home
down their holes they’d scampler in a flash,
(mush, mush, mush).

(from: Storytimes Online http://youthliterature.com/storytimes/artist/dancing.pdf)

Boogie-Woogie Washer Woman
Way down the road (shade hand over eyes, look into distance)
Where nobody goes (shake finger “no”)
There’s a boogie-woogie washer woman washing her clothes (boogie side to side)
Scrub, scrub, here (scrub invisible clothing on one knee)
Scrub, scrub, there (scrub on other knee)
Scrub those stains right out of there (move thumb to side “outta there”)
She goes: scrub, scrub (scrub on one knee, then other, step forward each time)
A-boogie, a-woogie (do the boogie, taking two steps backward)
Scrub, scrub and a-boogie some more (repeat action of above line)
She goes: scrub, scrub, a-boogie, a-woogie (repeat action)
Just a boogie-woogie washer woman washing her clothes (boogie, turn in a circle)
Yeah! (jazz hands)

(from http://dragon.sleepdeprived.ca/songbook/songs3/S3_8.htm )

Leaves in the Wind
(to tune of “Ring Around the Rosy”)

Dance and twirl together
Like leaves in windy weather
Twirling, swirling
We all Fall down!

From Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.

Here We Go Looby Loo
(Join hands and go around in a circle; suit actions to words)

Here we go looby loo,
Here we go looby light,
Here we go looby loo,
All on a Saturday night.
You put your right hand in
You put your right hand out
You give your hand a shake, shake shake
And turn yourself about.

Repeat with : left hand, right foot, left foot, whole self

From: Briggs, Diane.  Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love. Illustrated by Thomas Briggs.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2007.

Dance, Children, Dance!  A Rhyme from Germany
Dance, children, dance about! (dance)
Let your shoes in and out (kick feet)
If one should break than we don’t care (wrench fists apart to show breaking shoe)
The cobbler will make you another pair (mime hammering on shoe)
So dance, children, dance. (dance)

Now dance fast (repeat rhyme at a fast pace)

Now dance slowly (repeat rhyme at a slow pace)

From: MacMillan, Kathy and Christine Kirker.  Multicultural Storytime Magic.  American Library Association: Chicago. 2012.

LET’S DANCE MUSIC TRACKS:
Because this was a dancing themed storytime, it felt like I needed to include some fun music to get up and groove to.  Here’s the tracks I included in the storybox on a cd.

Some Assembly Required by Tom ChapinJimGillSneezingSongJimGillMakesItNoisyJimGillMusicPlayforFolksofAllStripes

Track 1: “Don’t Make Me Dance” by Tom Chapin from Some Assembly Required

Track 2: “Hands are for Clapping” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 3: “Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 4: “Spaghetti Legs” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contageous Tunes

Track 5: “List of Dances” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho

Track 6: “Let’s Dance Now” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho”

Track 7: “I Changed My Mind” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Presents Music Play for Folks of All Stripes

Track 8: “If Animals Could Dance” by The Learning Station from La Di Da, La Di Di, Dance with Me

Track 9: “Jump Up, Bend Down” The Learning Station from La Di Da, La Di Di, Dance with Me

Track 10: “Here We Go Looby Loo” by Wee Sing from The Best of Wee Sing

Track 11: “The Chicken Dance”

Track 12: “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi from More Singable Songs

LearningStationLaDiDaLaDiDiDanceWithMeWeeSingBestofWeeSingRaffi More Singable Songs

CRAFTS:

Dancing Giraffe
Dance Giraffe Storybox Craft name - Copy
Materials Needed:

  • Dancing Giraffe Coloring Pages
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
  • Scissors
  • Brads

Directions:

Have children color in the giraffe any way they like.  Cut out the pieces, and then assemble the giraffe using brads.  Ask the children if they can make the giraffe dance by moving the different body parts.

If you want this craft to go faster, you may want to cut out the giraffe pieces beforehand.

(taken from: http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/giraffescantdance.htm   and http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/_files/dancinggiraffe.pdf )

Dancing Raisins Science Experiment
Who taught these raisins to dance, anyway? Go on – gather up some raisins, turn up the music, and get ready for a raisin romp.
Dancing Raisins Experiment

Materials Needed:

  • Clear drinking glasses
  • Raisins
  • Clear carbonated beverages (7Up, Tonic Water, etc.)

Additional Materials:

  • Macaroni
  • Spaghetti
  • Lentils
  • Craisins
  • Corn
  • Dried Blueberries

Experiment:

  1. Fill the glass with soda.
  2. Drop 10-15 raisins into the soda.
  3. Focus all of your attention on those raisins.  Are they moving?  Yes!  They’re floating, they’re bobbing up and down, they’re dancing!

Dancing Raisins Variation:

  1. Set up your drinking glasses with different types of soda.
  2. See which type of soda makes the best dancing raisins.
  3. Try using all of the same type of soda but different kinds of “dancers.”
  4. Throw in macaroni, noodles, lentils, craisins, even corn!
  5. Which combination of soda and dancers “performs” the best show?
  6. Keep experimenting until you find the best combination

For more explanation of why/how this works visit the sources I used.

(Idea taken from: Steve Spangler Science http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/dancing-raisins-the-bubble-lifter and Juggling with Kids http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2011/08/dancing-raisins.html  )

Dance Wands
Dance Wand

Materials needed:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Crepe Paper
  • Glue or Glue Sticks

Directions:

To prep the craft: Have crepe paper cut.

Have children glue the crepe paper streamers (about 2 or 3 strands) to the popsicle stick.

Then dance and move and see those streamers go.

Idea taken from PreK Read and Play: https://prekreadplay.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/storytime-share-gross-motor-movement-and-coordination-1/

 

Dancing Finger Puppets
Dancing Finger Puppet Craft
Materials Needed:

  • Finger puppet template
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
  • Scissors

Directions:

Have children color in the puppet or puppets of their choice.

Cut the puppet from the page, and then cut the two circles on the bottom out as well from each puppet.

Have the children put their fingers through the holes at the bottom of each puppet and make their puppet dance!

If you would like to make this craft faster, do the cutting ahead of time.

Taken from: http://www.wikipekes.com/titeres-de-dedo-recortables.html


Bell Bracelets
Jingle Bell Bracelets

Materials needed:

– Chenille Stems or Pipe Cleaners

– Jingle Bells (about 3 per bracelet)

– Scissors

Have children thread 3 jingle bells through the pipe cleaner.  Wrap the ends around each other to make the correct size bracelet for each child.

If the pipe cleaner is really long, use the scissors to cut to size.

If you are worried about the sharp ends of the pipe cleaner, before beginning the bracelet fold the ends (just 1/4 of an inch or so) onto itself. This will create a tip that is not quite so sharp.

Idea taken from: My Nearest and Dearest http://mynearestanddearest.com/jingle-bell-bracelets/

Bugs Dancing Coloring Page
Bee Coloring Page
Materials Needed:

  • Coloring pages
  • Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers

Directions:
Have the children color in their sheets any way they like.

Extend the Learning:
Let the kids know that honeybees acutally dance to communicate!  They use something called a “waggle dance”, a “shake” dance, and a “tremble” dance.

For more information on the bee dance visit: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bees/hivecomm.html

Coloring page adapted from:
http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/bees-dance-coloring-page/

Dads – Toddler Storytime

I stepped in to for an ill coworker last week to do infant toddler storytime.  While I am not glad she was sick, I’m glad I got a chance to do a Dad storytime, since I did one featuring Mothers a month ago.  It felt like it evened things out a bit.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

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

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

BOOK:
Daddies by Prap
Daddies by Lila Prap

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Ties Flannelboard Logo Cropped
10 Ties (even though not all dads, or only dads, wear them)

FLANNELBOARD:
D-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 1 Logo CroppedD-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 2 Logo CroppedD-A-D-D-Y Flannelboard 3 Logo Cropped
D-A-D-D-Y
Idea taken from What Happens in Storytime.

(to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O)
There is a man I love a lot
And Daddy is his name-o.
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
D-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o

For the next verse, replace the D with a hand to represent a clap.
There’s someone who takes care of me
And Daddy is his name-o.
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
clap-A-D-D-Y
And Daddy is his name-o.

Repeat until you are clapping for all 5 letters.

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

 

VIDEO:
Peppa Pig Flying a Kite DVD
“Daddy Loses his Glasses” from Peppa Pig Flying a Kite and Other Stories

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Oh Daddy! by Shea Daddy Book by Parr Piglet and Papa by Wild

Book: Oh, Daddy! by Bob Shea
Book: The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
Book: Piglet and Papa by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Stephen Michael King

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Jen in the Library – Dads Toddler Storytime 07-14-2015

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Dads are fun for storytime, I just wish I had more time when planning so I could have gotten some of the other great books that are out there and perfect for this age group.

I only did one book at this storytime so I could sign kids up for our Summer Reading Program that had started earlier that week.  Daddies was a great book, though and we had fun acting like all the different animals mentioned in the story.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  40 people      11 am: 48 people

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

Boats – eStorytime

Summer eStorytime came a lot faster than I anticipated!  (Doesn’t everything in the summer-library-world come faster than anticipated?), so I decided to stick with a theme I had done, and just make it digital.  This was my eStorytime from 6/10/2016.

Opening Slide on Keynote:
Slide1 edited

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

APP:
APP - Build and Play 3dAPP - Build and Play 3d logoapp - build and play1app-Build and play 3d2

Build and Play 3D from Croco Studios ( iOS, Samsung, Android)

To start things off we began by building a toy boat!  I had the kids try to put the different pieces of the boat together.

eBook/APP:
APP - A Shark Knocked on My DoorApp - A Shark Knocked on My Door 1 App - A Shark Knocked on My Door Logo
A Shark Knocked on My Door from Mighty Yeti ($2.99 iOS, Android, Kindle)

On a rainy day, a boy and his grandma build a boat to sail down the streams on the street, only to have it fall down the gutter.  Imagine their surprise when a shark knocks on the door to return it!

This story felt a little long for the group I had, so I shorted it by just reading until the Shark says he has to leave for pizza dinner, and didn’t share the undersea adventures portion.  It worked just fine that way.

MOVEMENT:
My Little Sailboat
Slide3

PRINT BOOK:
Mr Gumpys Outing by BurninghamSlide4

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

APP:
App - Boats Sago Mini 1 App - Boats Sago Mini Logo

Boats from Sago Mini ( $2.99: iOS, Android, Kindle)

Sago Mini’s Boats is, just like all Sago Mini apps, wonderful.  In this one, you help Harvey the dog choose his boat, and then float along to visit his friends at different islands.  Once we reached the island, I had kids help with whichever activity we found there

APP:
 App - Flannelboard - Five Little ShipsFelt Board app Logo
Felt Board from Software Smoothie ($2.99; iOS)
I used Felt Board to recreate the rhyme “5 Sailboats” taken from Felt Board Ideas

Five Little Boats
5 little boats went out one day
Over the waves and far away
With the wind they began to rock
And one little boat returned to the dock.

4 little boats….

I started with the five pirate ships (those were the only boats I could find on the app) on the mostly blue background.  (They also have a lovely shoreline one, but that was harder to fit all five ships on.)  Each time a boat returned to the dock, I just deleted it from the board.

eBook/APP:
App - Boats by Barton 1 APP - Boats by Barton logo
Boats by Byron Barton from Oceanhouse Media ($1.99; iOS)

A classic transportation book comes to life as an app.  My group for this storytime skewed younger, so this app seemed like a good fit.

MOVEMENT:
Slide5

These were two takes on the same melody.  It was fun!

APP:
App - Fiete 1 App - Fiete logoApp - Fiete 2

Fiete by Ahoiii ($2.99 iOS, Android)

Fiete is a sailor.  Kids choose different icons on the screen, and then help Fiete with some simple tasks.  I had each child take a turn choosing one of the icons, and then completing the associated activity.  Again, this app is a good one for younger children.

MOVEMENT: “Storytime’s Over”*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
App - Finns Paper Hat Logo App - How I Became a Pirate logo

APP: Finn’s Paper Hat by Tizio BV ($2.99, iOS)
APP: How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon from Oceanhouse Media ($3.99, iOS)

THOUGHTS ON THIS eSTORYTIME:
Like all my eStorytimes, this one was small, but it was still bigger than some of the ones I’ve had in the past.  And, since I want the kids to interact with my iPad, it’s probably better that it doesn’t get too big.  I think the kids and parents had a good time, and one of the parents asked about the different apps we used, which i I think is always a good sign.

ATTENDANCE: 6 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

Please note: App prices were correct at the time of writing this blog, but may have changed since. All prices taken from the iOS app price.  There may also be changes to available platforms for apps as well.

Special thanks to Digital Storytime for their wonderful app reviews by subject, that make putting together a themed eStorytime much easier.

Geese – Toddler Storytime

When I started thinking of storytime themes, I thought there might be enough books out there to do a storytime about geese.  This storytime was presented on 5/31/2016.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

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

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for “GOOSE”
asl - goose
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
Silly Suzy Goose by Horacek
Silly Suzy Goose by Petr Horácek

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Geese Flannelboard name
10 Geese

FLANNELBOARD:
Goosey Goose Colors Flannelboard name
Goosey Goose Colors
taken from Magical Library Book Bug

Goosey, goosey gander
Please come play with me.
Goosey, goosey “red” goose
Join the flock and me.

Pass out geese to all the children.  Then, recite the rhyme and have the children holding that color goose come up and place it on the flannelboard.  When they are done, recite the rhyme again, substituting the color red for another color.  Continue this until you’ve gone through all the colored geese that you have.

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

BOOK:
Duck and Goose Let's Dance by Hills
Duck & Goose Let’s Dance by Tad Hills, Original Song by Lauren Savage and Ross Gruet

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

VIDEO:
Everybunny Loves Winter DVD
“Duck, Duck, Goose” from  Max & Ruby: Everybunny Loves Winter!

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Gossie by Dunrea   Look Out Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek Silly Little Goose by Tafuri Splendid Friend Indeed by Bloom

Book: Gossie by Olivier Dunrea (the Padded Board Book version, it’s bigger)
Book: Look Out, Suzy Goose by Petr Horácek
Book: Silly Little Goose! by Nancy Tafuri
Book: A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom (or any of the Bear and Goose books by Bloom)
Flannelboard: Three Eggs in a Basket (but change the duck to the goose.  The pieces look similar enough that I don’t think anyone would notice.)

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Magical Library Book Bug –  Duck, Duck, Goose Preschool Storytime
Librarian vs Storytime – Down by the Bay Flannelboard (I think this one might be fun to use with preschoolers, if I ever repeat the theme.)

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Duck & Goose Let’s Dance is a board book, but I thought since I could do an activity with it (have the kids dance as instructed by the book), the size might not matter.  It seemed to work pretty well, and I would do it again.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  33 people      11 am: 29 people

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

Cats – Toddler Storytime

Toddler Storytime for 5/24/16. I planned this storytime a little late in the game.  Thank goodness for all the wonderful blogs out there that help with storytime planning!  Be sure to check out the ones I mention in the more resources section.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

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

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for CAT
asl - cat
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:

I See Kitty by Surovec
I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10CatsFeltboardwithlogo
10 Cats

FLANNELBOARD:
Pete the Cat Flannelboard 1 namePete the Cat Flannelboard 2 namePetetheCatandhisFourGroovyButtonsbyLitwin
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
based on the book by Eric Litwin, illustrated and created by James Dean

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

BOOK:
Cat Nap by Yuly
Cat Nap by Toni Yuly

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

VIDEO:
GoodNightMaisyDVD
“Meow” from  Good Night Maisy 

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Fleming Kitty's Cuddles by Cabrera Meeow and the Little Chairs by Braun I Don't Want a Cool Cat by Dodd Kitty Cat Kitty Cat Are You Going to Sleep by Martin Cat Skidoo by Roberts Matilda's Cat by Gravett

Book: Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
Book: Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Book: Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun (or any Meeow book)
Book: I Don’t Want a Cool Cat! by Emma Dodd
Book: Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep? by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant (This would be a good book for 2 voices)
Book: Cat Skidoo by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by R. W. Alley
Book: Matilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Jen in the Library – Toddler Storytime – Cats – 10-16-2014
Library Village – Preschool Storytime Cats
Welcome to Storytime – Cats!
Literary Commentary: Toddler Storytime – Cats
storytime katie – cats!
Abby the Librarian – Spring Storytime: Cats
Rachel Kohl Library – Storytime with Ms. Katie Cats

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  37 people      11 am: 32 people

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

Boats – Toddler Storytime

I fell a bit behind in my blogging, so I’m publishing a few posts all at once.  I presented this storytime on May 17, 2016.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

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

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

SIGN: ASL sign for BOAT
asl - boat
taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
Splish-Splash by Smee
Splish-Splash by Nicola Smee

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

COUNTING SONG:*
10 Boats Flannelboard logo
10 Boats

FLANNELBOARD:
5 Little Sailboats - flannelboard name
Five Sailboats
taken from Felt Board Ideas
(to the tune of Five Little Ducks)

Five sailboats went out one day
Over the waves and far away
With the wind they began to rock
One sailboat returned to the dog.

Continue counting down until no sailboats are left.

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

BOOK:
I Love Boats by McDonnell
I Love Boats by Flora McDonnell

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

VIDEO:
Baby's First Word Stories We Go DVD
“My Boat!” from  Baby’s First Word Stories: We Go!

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Sheep on a Ship by Shaw Pirate Piggy Wiggy by Fox

Book: Sheep on a Ship by Nancy Shaw
Book: Pirate PiggyWiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Ready, Set, Story! – Big Blue Boat Flannelboard Story
Storytime Katie – Boats!
AnnesLibraryLife – Boats
Flannel Board Fun – Who Sank the Boat? Flannel
KizClub – Who Sank the Boat pattern

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I just made the sailboat flannelboard I used yesterday, and once I took a photo of it, I realized that I need to re-apply the puffy paint so that you can read boats 3 and 5.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  42 people      11 am: 31 people

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