Storytime: Art

Books:

“The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle
“I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont
Before reading “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” I gave each child a clean paint brush. I instructed the child or caregiver to brush the body part mentioned. The kids got a kick out of joining in!
“Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh

This is the Way (Tune: Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we stir the paint, stir the paint, stir the paint (stirring motion)
This is the way we stir the paint so early in the morning
This is the way we dip our brush, dip our brush, dip our brush (dipping motion)
This is the way we dip our brush so early in the morning
This is the way we paint our picture, paint our picture, paint our picture (up and down strokes)
This is the way we paint our picture so early in the morning

Five Little Paintbrushes

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Five little paintbrushes went out to paint
One painted white than ran away
The second painted red and jumped on the bed
The third painted green and fled the scene
The fourth painted black than ran around the back
The fifth painted yellow and felt so mellow
Then he invited everybody back!

Rainbow Song (Tune: Hush Little Baby)

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Rainbow purple
Rainbow blue
Rainbow green
and yellow too
Rainbow orange
Rainbow red
Rainbow shining over head

Come and count the colors with me
How many colors can you see?
(count)

I Know
First I put all of the colors up and we went over our colors again. Then I told them to close their eyes and took one away. I asked children to tell me what color was missing. To help some children I put up the rainbow to remind them of the colors.
I know the colors of the rainbow
Do you know them too?
If one color were missing
Would you know which hue?

Color Song (Tune: Knick Knack Paddy Whack)
Red, red, red touch your head
Blue, blue, blue tie your shoe
Brown, brown, brown bend and touch the ground
White, white, white take a bite
Black, black, black touch your back
Purple, purple, purple turn in a circle
Pink, pink, pink give a wink
Gray, gray, gray now shout hooray!

Craft:
Each child was given a butterfly already cut out, hole punched and tied with ribbon. The children painted 1 half of the butterfly and folded it in half to create the same pattern on the other side. This was a very simple craft to prep and the kids had so much fun painting and were amazed when they folded the butterfly.

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Baby Storytime Favorites: Lap Bounces

When I first started having babies in story time I was very intimidated. I was used to have preschoolers who would answer open-ended questions and followed along to songs. I quickly learned that for baby story time it is important to speak instructions and use a stuffed animal to demonstrate (I still feel silly doing this but parents appreciate it). The first time I tried lap bounces I tired some parents out by lifting their child so often, moving forward I inform them they they can lift their child or raise their arms.

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Here are some of my favorite lap bounces to use:

Bouncing, Bouncing
Bouncing, bouncing baby on my knee (bounce child)
Bouncing, bouncing
1, 2, 3 (lift child or raise their arms)
Clapping, clapping with baby on my knee (clap child’s hands)
Clapping, clapping
1, 2, 3
Hugging, hugging baby on my knee (hug child)
Hugging, hugging
1, 2, 3

Giddy-Up
Giddy-up, giddy-up ride to town (bounce child)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, up and down
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy-up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up (bounce child)
WHOOAH (dip child to side and dip between legs)

Grand Old Duke of York
The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce child)
He had ten thousand men
He march them up to the top of the hill (lift child or raise their arms)
And he marched them down again

And when they’re up, they’re up (lift child or raise their arms)
And when they’re down, they’re down
And when they’re only half way up
They’re neither up nor down

Icka Bicka Soda Cracker
Icka bicka soda cracker (bounce child)
Icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker
Up goes you! (life child or raise their arms)

Icka bicka soda cracker (bounce child)
Icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker
I love you (hug child)

Jack Be Nimble
I encourage parents to use their own child’s name.
Jack be nimble, jack be quick (bounce child on one knee)
Jack jumped over the candlestick (lift them to the other knee)

Mother, Father and Uncle John
Mother, father and Uncle John (bounce child)
Went to town one by one
Mother fell off (lean child to one side)
Father fell off (lean child to other side)
But Uncle John went on and on and on (bounce quickly)

Don’t miss out on Baby Storytime Favorites: Rhymes/Songs!

 

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Baby Storytime Favorites: Rhymes/Songs

When I first started having babies in story time I was very intimidated. I was used to have preschoolers who would answer open-ended questions and followed along to songs. I quickly learned that for baby story time it is important to speak instructions and use a stuffed animal to demonstrate (I still feel silly doing this but parents appreciate it).

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Here are some of my favorite songs/rhymes to use:

Baby Game:
Touch your eyes
Pat your nose
Tickle baby’s little toes
Hide your eyes
Where are you?
Baby’s playing peek-a-boo

Beehive
Here is the beehive (hold out own fist or child’s fist)
But where are the bees?  (shrug)
Hidden away where nobody sees (cover fist)
Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5… (count on fingers)
BUZZZZZZ
They’re alive! (tickle child)

Garden Snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail (place thumb on child’s arm and slowly crawl it up the arm)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly up the garden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly goes the little mouse (place finger tips on child’s arm and scurry it up the child’s arm)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly in his little house (tickle child under armpit)

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden (trace circle on baby’s palm or belly)
Little bunny goes
Hippity hop, hippity hop (hop fingers up child’s arm)
He’s gonna get your nose (gently grab child’s nose)

Where, Oh Where
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers (wiggle child’s fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes (wiggle child’s feet)
Where, oh where is baby’s bellybutton (touch child’s bellybutton)
Round and round it goes (draw a circle on child’s stomach)

Where, oh where are baby’s ears (touch child’s ears)
Where, oh where is baby’s nose (touch child’s nose)
Where, oh where is baby’s bellybutton
Round and round it goes

Next week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite lap bounces!

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Storytime: Pets

Today’s storytime was all about pets but since I have a younger crowd who mainly has cats or dogs I decided to stick to those. This was also the perfect time to bring out my new puppets from Folkmanis Puppets! I recently bought a bunch of puppets from Folkmanis Puppets and am beyond excited to use them. I especially love using them with the babies and toddlers, they get so excited to give our new storytime puppet a hug.

Yellow Labrador Puppy

Yellow Labrador Puppy  |  Folkmanis
Orange Tabby Kitten
Orange Tabby Kitten Hand Puppet  |  Folkmanis

Books

“Cookie’s Week” by Cindy Ward
“Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell
“Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd

Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)
They run to the left (move hand to the left)
They run to the right (move hand to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the big sunlight (hold up 5 fingers)
Along comes a dog, who’s looking for some fun (whisper, make fist with other hand)
Wooof! (have fist quickly move towards fingers)
Meow!! (hide fingers behind back)
See those five kittens run

Where is Big Cat?
(Tune: Where is Thumbkin)
Where is big cat, where is big cat? (hide thumbs behind back)
Here I am, here I am (bring thumbs out front)
How are you today cat? (wiggle 1 thumb)
Very well I thank you (wiggle other thumb)
Meow, meow, meow  (hide 1 thumb behind back)
Meow, meow, meow (hide other thumb)

B-I-N-G-O
I recently attended a storytime workshop that said talked about the importance of letter recognition. They suggested to encourage letter recognition you should take away the O first, this way the last letter remaining is B. Before we sang the song we talked about letter B and I informed parents about the importance of letter recognition.

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There was a farmer who had a dog
And Bingo was his name-o
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o

(repeat until you are clapping for all of the letters)

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

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Storytime: Dinosaurs

Books

“Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs” by Byron Barton
“Shape by Shape” by Suse MacDonald
“Ten Terrible Dinosaurs” by Paul Stickland

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs lived long ago
Some walked (stomp feet)
Some swam (pretend to swim)
Some flew you know (flap arms)
Some where big (hold hands out to the side)
Some where small (lower hands to the floor)
Some were gigantic
And very, very tall (raise hands up)

We are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner
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This song has been turned into a book but unfortunately it wasn’t available in time for my program. This is such a fun song to march and roar to. I can’t wait to read the book!

Dinosaur, Dinosaur
Dinosaur, dinosaur turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur sit down please

Dotty the Dinosaur
I originally got the idea after seeing Read It Again!’s post. The great thing about Dotty the Dinosaur is that you can adjust it. I had some fruit and vegetable felt pieces on hand and made my dinosaurs to match them. The dinosaurs can be used for so many things! My co-worker used them while doing a storytime about colors.

Dotty the Dinosaur loves to eat things like peas!
That is why the color of her skin is a lovely green.

One day she sees some strawberries and apples.
She eats them all day long.
Later that day Dotty turns a bright red.

(continue with other fruits/vegetables and colors)

Dotty couldn’t decide which color she likes best.
So Dotty eats everything.
Her skin an awful mess?

No, Dotty now has dots of color everywhere.
Dotty now was different but Dotty didn’t care.

Dotty loves her new skin, she likes it a lot.
Now she is the only dinosaur with a coat of polka dots!

Source: Preschool Express

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Storytime: Fruit

Books:

“Blueberry Mouse” by Alice Low
“The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear” by Don & Audrey Wood

Picked a Berry (Tune: Clementine)
Picked a blueberry, picked a blueberry (picking motion)
That was growing in the sun (circle arms above head)
Then I washed it and I ate it (pretend to eat)
And I picked another one

(repeat with other berries such as strawberries, blackberries, etc)

Source: Jbrary

Five Red Strawberries
I love using a bear puppet to gobble the strawberries off the flannel board!

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Five red strawberries, sweet to the core
Bear came and ate one, then there were four
Four red strawberries, sitting in a tree
Bear came and ate one, then there were three
Three red strawberries, shining in the sun
Bear came and ate one, then there was one
One red strawberry, left all alone
Bear came and ate one, then there were none!

Source: Sunflower Storytime

Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner Band
Get those egg shakers out and start moving!

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The Apple Tree by Carole Peterson
I have done this song with and without the music, both work great!

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Way up high in the apple tree (point up)
1 little apple smiled at me (hold up 1 finger)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shaking motion)
Doooown came the apple (wiggle fingers down)
Mmmmm, it sure looks good!

(repeat)

2 little apples under the tree (hold up 2 fingers)
1 for you and 1 for me (point to children, then self)
2 little apples crunch, crunch, crunch (pretend to eat)
2 little apples, lets eat them for our lunch
YUM!

Five Red Apples
This flannel board is based on “Ten Red Apples” by Pat Hutchins. I have a lot of toddlers and was afraid I’d lose them if I went through the whole book so I adapted it to work for my group.

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Five red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Cow comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Moo, Moo and fiddle-dee-dee
“Cow” cries the farmer, “save one for one”

Four red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Horse comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Neigh, neigh and fiddle-dee-dee
“Horse” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

Three red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Pig comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Oink, oink and fiddle-dee-dee
“Pig” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

Two red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Duck comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Quack, quack and fiddle-dee-dee
“Duck” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

One red apple hanging on a tree
Farmer cries “Yippee, there’s one left for me!

Then farmer’s wife comes along…

No red apples, my oh my
No red apples to bake in a pie
Boo, hoo and fiddle-dee-dee
“Wait” cries the farmer, “another apple tree!”

Idea came from: Read It Again!

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Storytime: Garden

Books

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park
Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres

Five Green Peas
Five green peas in a pea pod pressed (make fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (raise fingers 1 by 1)
They grew and they grew and they didn’t stop (spread hands apart in the air)
They grew and they grew until they popped (clap hands)

Something in My Garden
I used an app on my phone to play the animal noise and had puppets in my bag. The kids had a blast trying to guess what the next animal would be.
There’s something in my garden, now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden that I can’t really see.
Hear it’s funny sound (make animal noise)
A (animal) is what I found!

A Little Sun
A little sun (circle arms overhead)
A little rain (wiggle fingers down)
Now pull up all the weeds (pulling motion)
Our flowers grow, all in a row (hold up fingers)
From tiny little seeds

Five Spring Flowers
I used our mix and match flower flannel board, the kids loved being able to change the flowers around.

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Five spring flowers, all in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
The first one says, “We need rain to grow” (wiggle fingers down)
The second one says, “Oh yes, we need water” (nod head)
The third one says, “It’s getting hotter” (fan face)
The fourth one says, “I see clouds in the sky” (point up)
The fifth ones says,k “I wonder why?” (shrug shoulders)
Then BOOM went the thunder (clap)
And crash went the lightning
That springtime storm was very frightening (hug self)
But the flowers weren’t worried
Oh no, no, no (shake head)
Because the rain helps them grow, grow, grow (raise arms up)

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Book Review: Someone Elses Summer by Rachel Bateman

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3-out-of-5-stars

Pub Date: May 9, 2017

Description: “Anna’s always idolized her older sister, Storm. So when Storm dies in a tragic car accident on the night of her high school graduation, Anna is completely lost and her family is torn apart. That is, until she finds Storm’s summer bucket list and decides to honor her sister by having the best summer ever—which includes taking an epic road trip to the coast from her sleepy Iowa town. Setting out to do everything on Storm’s list along with her sisters best friend Cameron—the boy next door—who knew that Storm’s dream summer would eventually lead to Anna’s own self-discovery?”

Review: I’m not sure that “epic” is the word I would use to describe this road trip, maybe played out? I really liked the idea of Anna taking over her deceased sister’s bucket list. The road trip was light and entertaining but unoriginal. I felt like this book didn’t have an aspect that makes it stand out from other YA coming of age/road trip books. Anna and Cameron fall in love (obviously) but I never felt connected to their characters and quite frankly I didn’t really like Cameron. The characters weren’t really fleshed out. For example, we keep hearing how Piper is Anna’s best friends but all of their conversations and interactions are superficial. I wish there was more character development to help me become vested in the story. I honestly think my favorite character was Storm, who you never actually meet in the book but only hear about. Storm seemed to be the most dynamic character of the bunch. While I enjoyed the beginning half of the book I quickly grew uninterested. Overall, this book is a standard coming of age story that many teenage girls will enjoy.

 

*please note that I received an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Book Review: The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

“The Whole Thing Together” by Ann Brashares

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3-out-of-5-stars

Description: “Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control…or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.”

Review: I really struggled to read this book, I found it slow, confusing and lacking dimension. All of the interesting aspects of the story are briefly mentioned and are glossed over. The story felt like it was rushed.

This story is about a variety of personalities, how they cope with life and how they manage to live together. Due to so many characters it was difficult to keep track of who is who (sorry Mattie and Emma) and to feel connected to any of them. The characters and story of Ray and Sasha are more developed but I found the whole romance to be disturbing. Even though Ray and Sasha are not biologically related the budding romance between them creeped me out.

I wish the author cut the number of characters in half and gave them more details and focus. The characters had a lot of potential for growth but due to the overwhelming number of characters, all with personal struggles, I found it difficult to get to know them. A lot is mentioned and hinted at in the book but not much is flushed out.

While I will be purchasing this book for the public library I work at due to the author’s name (teens will still want to read it) I do not think I will personally recommend it to anymore.

*please note that I received an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley

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Storytime: Monkeys

Books

Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum
Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Bananas for Lunch
A fat little monkey had bananas for lunch
He peeled and he ate them (peeling motion)
Munch, munch, much (eating motion)

1 banana, 2 bananas, 3 bananas, 4 (count on fingers)
He ate and he ate but he wanted more

He peeled and he ate and he peeled and he ate
5 bananas, 6 bananas, 7 bananas, 8

He peeled 2 more and continued to munch
And before he knew it, he ate the whole bunch!

Itsy Bitsy Monkey
Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy monkey climbed up the coconut tree (climbing motion)
Down came a coconut and bopped him on the knee (tap knee)
Along came his mama, who kissed away the pain (blow kiss)
And the itsy bitsy monkey climbed up the tree again
Source: King County Library System

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed (hold up 5 fingers)
One fell off and bumped his head (tap head)
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said (phone to eat)
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” (shake finger)

(count down)

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Way up high in the banana tree
Five little bananas smiled at me (hold up 5 fingers)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake hands)
Down fell a banana (wiggle fingers down
Mmmm, it was good (rub stomach)

(count down)

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