Cats – Infant Storytime

Cats was the theme of my 5/24/16 storytime.

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

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: The Grandfather Clock*
The grandfather clock goes
tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock (sway baby slowly from side to side)
The kitchen clock goes
tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock (sway or bounce baby a little faster)
And Mommy’s little watch goes
tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick (bounce baby quickly or tickle baby)
Stop!

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

BOOK:
Cat and Mouse by Schoenherr
Cat and Mouse by Ian Schoenherr

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

FLANNELBOARD:
IHadACat1
I had a Cat
taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra

I had a cat,
My cat pleased me.
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

I had a pig
My pig pleased me
I fed my pig under yonder tree.
Pig goes Oink Oink
Cat goes Fiddle-i-fee.

Other verses:
Rooster ……. Rooster goes Cock-a-doodle-do!
Donkey ……. Donkey goes Hee-haw!
Turkey …….. Turkey goes Gobble-gobble!

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
How to Be a Cat by McClure
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

TICKLE: Round the World
Round the world, (spin finger in air closer and closer to baby)
Round the world, (spin finger in air closer and closer to baby)
Catch a big bear.
Where are we going to catch him?
Right in THERE! (tickle tummy)

NURSERY RHYME:
HeyDiddleDiddleFeltboardcropped
Hey Diddle Diddle

Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals
Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed,
to see such a sight.
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
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:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Thumpy Feet by Lewin Meeow and the Little Chairs by Braun
Book: Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin
Book: Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun (or any book in the Meeow series)

OTHER BLOG POSTS:
Cats – Infant Storytime – 10-15-2014

ATTENDANCE: 37 people (adults and kids)

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

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

Boats – Infant Storytime

I feel like boats don’t always get as much love as some of the other vehicles do.  But they make a great theme for infant storytime!

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

MOVEMENT: Peek a Boo*

BOUNCE: The Grandfather Clock*
The grandfather clock goes
tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock (sway baby slowly from side to side)
The kitchen clock goes
tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock (sway or bounce baby a little faster)
And Mommy’s little watch goes
tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick (bounce baby quickly or tickle baby)
Stop!

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

BOOK:
Going to Bed Book by Boynton
The Going to Bed Book
 by Sandra Boynton

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

FLANNELBOARD:
5 little Boats flannelboard name
Five Little Boats
taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition by Judy Sierra

The first little boat went chug, chug, chug.
The second little boat went tug, tug, tug.
The third little boat went row, row, row.
The fourth little boat went oh so slow.
Here comes the sailboat – watch it go!

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

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake

BOOK:
Boats Go by Light
Boats Go by Steve Light

TICKLE: Round the World
Round the world, (spin finger in air closer and closer to baby)
Round the world, (spin finger in air closer and closer to baby)
Catch a big bear.
Where are we going to catch him?
Right in THERE! (tickle tummy)

NURSERY RHYME:
Rub a Dub Dub Flannelboard named
Rub a Dub Dub
(Pattern taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
Rub a dub dub,
Three men in a tub.
And who do you think they be?
The butcher.
The baker.
The candlestick maker.
Cast them out, knaves all three.
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:  Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye
taken from jbrary

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
 Boats by Barton Boats by Rockwell
Book: Boats by Byron Barton
Book: Boasts by Anne Rockwell

HOW IT WENT:

Looking at the photo of my flannelboard, I’m realizing that I really need to outline the black or darker colors in a lighter color puffy paint so they stand out more.  This is a useful note, because I used to use a blue backed flannelboard, so the black pieces were fine — on a black background, they blend it.  So, puffy paint for maximum useability!

The Going to Bed Book wouldn’t be my first thought when planning a boat storytime, but it worked well with this group, especially because it is a larger lap-sized version.

ATTENDANCE: 37 people (adults and kids)

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