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Storytime: Dance

Opening Song
Today some of the shy children joined in clapping, happy librarian moment!
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here, (name) is here, (name) is here
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here, (name) is here today YAY

Book

Brontorina by James Howe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Song/Rhyme
Tommy Thumbs Up
This is sure to get some giggles, at my last place of employment I had a 2 year old start singing this song every time she saw me!
Tommy thumbs up (hold up thumbs and raise arms)
Tommy thumbs down (lower arms)
Tommy thumbs dancing all around the town (wave arms side to side)
Dance them on your shoulders (tap thumbs on shoulders)
Dance them on your head (tap them on your head)
Dance them on your knees (tap them on your knees)
And tuck them into bed (whisper and tuck thumbs into fist)
(repeat while jumping up and down)
Source:  Coworker

Body Recognition (repeated weekly)
This is Big, Big, Big
This is big, big, big (arms out to side)
This is small, small, small (arms in)
This is short, short, short (hands near ground)
This is tall, tall, tall (raise hands)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll arms quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll arms slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head yes)
This is no, no, no (nod head no)
Source:  Miss Mel’s Desk

Book

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand Up and Stretch
We Can Jump Jump Jump
We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop
We can clap, clap, clap
We can stop, stop, stop
We can nod our heads yes
We can shake our heads no
We can bend our knees a little
And we can sit down slow

Rhyme (repeated weekly
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat gently down the river
If you see a polar bear, don’t forget to shiver

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream AHH

Early Literacy Tip
Not only is singing together a fun bonding experience but songs actually help children learn. Singing slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words and learn about syllables. Singing also teaches children new words and helps them develop listening and memory skills.

Book

Dancing Feet! by Lindsay Craig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Rhyme/Movement
If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
…stomp your feet
…shout hooray

Nursery Rhyme
London Bridge
London bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London bridge is falling down
My fair lady

Build it up with sticks and stones
Sticks and stones, sticks and stones
Built it up with sticks and stones
My fair lady

Activity CD
Silly Dance Contest  by Jim Gill

Book

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flannel Board

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Five Ballerinas
Five dancing ballerinas
Dancing on their toes
They twirl and spin and jump
Then off the stage one goes
(count down)
Now what do ballerinas do at the end of a show? (Bow)
What does the audience do at the end of a show? (Clap)
Source: Storytime Katie

Colored Tap Shoes

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If you have a (color) tap shoe, a (color) tap shoe, a (color) tap shoe
If you have a (color) tap shoe, bring it to the board

 

Closing Song
Hands Go Up
Hands go up and hands go down
I can roll my hands around
I can jump upon two shoes
I can clap and so can you
I can wave, I’ll show you how
Storytime is done for now

Final Thoughts:
Dancing is one of my favorite storytime activities, I love moving and grooving with little ones and their parents. It was very easy to come up with songs but I had a hard time finding age appropriate books. I mostly get two year olds and my book choice today was a little long for them, luckily I know my regulars can handle them. These aren’t the typical books I’d read to this age group but the kids who show up are excellent listeners and had no problem sitting (or laying in some cases) through the stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polar Express Pajama Party

All aboard the Polar Express!! Come in your festive PJs and get your Holiday on.
Here are the activities we had set up throughout the Children’s Department for children of all ages.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman Flannel Board

IMG_6507To read more about this mix and match snowman flannel board check out my post here!

 

 

 

 

 

Snowman Bowling

IMG_6691Bowling is a fun game for all ages; there were teenagers playing when the party first started and then little ones came in. It was great to see the 1 and 2 year olds walk through the pins giggling as they knock them down and it was especially great to see the older kids help the younger ones set up the pins. All I did to make the game was buy a cheap child’s bowling set (about $15) and taped snowman faces on them!

 

 

 

Letters to Santa

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It wouldn’t be a Christmas celebration without letters to Santa! To make the mailbox I covered a box with blue wrapping paper, cut out a slot and glued on the “MAIL” sign and logo. Reading the letters the children (or their parents) write is the best part!

 

 

 

 

Craft – Polar Express Bookmarks

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Children cut out the Polar Express tickets and (were supposed to) punch holes in the word “BELIEVE.” Have you ever given children hole punchers before? Well let me tell you, it was quite the experience. Hole punches are tools children don’t get to play with often and they really enjoyed the rare experience.

 

 

 

 

Coloring Pages

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You can find some great activity sheets and ideas at Houghton Mifflin Books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story & Song

We read “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, passed out the bells and sang some songs. This book is a little long for younger ones and can be cut down, the illustrations intrigue the children.

We sang the following songs with our bells:

Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
Over the field we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bobtail ring
Making spirits bright
Oh what fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight
Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh, hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

Jingle Jingle Little Bell (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle)
Jingle jingle little bell
I can ring my little bell
Ring it fast
Ring it slow
Ring is high
Ring it low
Jingle jingle little bell
I can ring my little bell

Ring Those Bells
Oh, ring those bells and turn around
Ring those bells and turn around
Ring those bells and turn around
Christmas time is here
Ring those bells and stomp your feet
Ring those bells and stomp your feet
Ring those bells and stomp your feet
Christmas time is here
Ring those bells and jump up high
Ring those bells and jump up high
Ring those bells and jump up high
Christmas time is here

Snacks
We had juice, cookies and candy canes. I was a little nervous about serving it but after asking everyone to please stay at the table with their snacks they were really good about it.

Presents
IMG_6696All children who attended the party received a bell and a teddy bear. There is a gentleman in town that gives the library brand new teddy bears every year and we like to give them to the children. It is great when they can walk away with something to remind them of the library.

Source for Bell Printable: Design Dazzle

 

 

 

 

 

How It Went: I was shocked by the low attendance, we only had 10 children and I was expecting at least 30. The last library I worked at had something similar and they had to turn families away because they had so many people. I’m not sure if it was the time or day that was a deterrent or if it was just the fact that our library tends to slow down during the Holiday season. I definitely plan on doing something similar next year, maybe not so close to Christmas.

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman? – Flannel Board

Time to put up a new interactive flannel board! I have come across a lot of Christmas Tree flannel boards on pinterest, like this one, and have been thinking about making one. After much consideration (a whole 5 minutes) I decided I’d rather make something seasonal and non-Holiday related that I can leave up for longer, that’s when I decided to make a mix and match snowman flannel board.

 

So…. Do you want to build a snowman?

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Check out these fashionable snowmen (or snowwomen if you’d prefer)!

 

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  • A winter hat, twig hair and earmuffs are the perfect accessories to keep our snowmen warm.
  • An assortment of buttons to match every outfit.
  • Three sets of boots  – fancy, plain and casual snow slippers.
  • Of course, we couldn’t forget snowmen neck wear, there are scarves and even a necktie.
  • And last but not least, mittens to keep those twig hands nice and toasty.

 

This flannel board has been a hit in the Children’s Department and I am constantly wanting to make more accessories for it! I did end up drawing the faces onto the snowmen because little coal smiles and eyes kept going missing. It took a while to create all of the pieces but luckily it is a fun task for me (who doesn’t like to be paid to make crafts!). To create the pieces I looked at clipart images and drew them by hand onto a piece of felt.

Don’t you want to go build a snowman now?!?

 

 

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Storytime: Astronauts

Opening Song
Let’s All Clap
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here, (name) is here, (name) is here
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here, (name) is here today YAY!

Book

Astronaut PiggyWiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox

Related Song/Rhyme
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon (slide hands)
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you’d like to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship (walk fingers up arm)
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF (raise arms)
Source: Jbrary

Body Recognition
This is Big, Big, Big
This is big, big, big (arms out to side)
This is small, small, small (arms in)
This is short, short, short (hands near ground)
This is tall, tall, tall (raise hands)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll arms quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll arms slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head yes)
This is no, no, no (nod head no)
Source: Mel’s Desk

Book

I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

I’m personally not the biggest fan of this book, or any Byron Barton book for that matter (I know, how dare I) but I decided to give it a shot. The children were fascinated by this book, they all came extra close to me to stare at the pictures. This is a book that I would refer to as “Storytime Magic,”  one of those special books that instantly grabs children’s attention and they can’t look away from.

Stand and Stretch
Bend and Stretch
Bend and stretch, reach for the stars (arms up)
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars (move arms side to side)
Bend and stretch, reach for the sky
Stand on tip-toes, oh so high! (stand on toes)
Source: Storytime Katie

Rhyme
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat gently down the river
If you see a polar bear, don’t forget to shiver

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream!

Early Literacy Tip
We will repeat several songs and rhymes every week, not only does this help give your child a sense of structure and routine but repetition also helps children learn new things. Repetition helps them improve speed, increases their confidence and strengthens the connections in their brain that help them learn.

Related Rhyme/Movement
If You’re Going to the Moon (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
I prompted the child to give me the different articles astronauts wear
If you’re going to the moon wear your suit
If you’re going to the moon and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon wear your suit
…wear your boots
…wear your helmet
…wear your gloves
Source: Mel’s Desk

Nursery Rhyme
Hey Diddle Diddle (with scarves)
Hey diddle, diddle (wave scarf)
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon (bring scarf over head)
The little dog laughed to see such a sight
And the dish ran away with the spoon (hide scarf behind back)

Music CD
Rocketship Run by Laurie Berkner Band

We used ribbon wands to dance around to this song. The children had a lot of fun jumping, dancing and counting down. I had a lot of fun too… except for the fact that the song was stuck in my head for the rest of the day! It is so catchy.

Book

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino

Flannel Board
Four Little Stars

IMG_6494Four little stars winking at me (have the children try and wink)
One shot off and then there were three
Three little stars with nothing to do
One shot off and then there were two
Two litlte stars afraid of the sun
One shot off and then there was one
One little star alone is no fun
It shot off and then there were none

Colored Stars
I had enough different colored stars for each child to have one, I would sing the song and have them place the star on the board when their color was called. All of the children at this program were new and now used to waiting to put it on the board. Their initial reaction before I gave any instructions was to put it on the board, when they did that I asked them their color and handed it back. After a week or two they will start to learn to wait their turn. This is a great activity for color recognition and waiting.

IMG_6495If you have a (color) star, a (color) star, a (color) star
If you have a (color) star, bring it to the board

 

 

 

Final Thoughts:
This was my first “twos only” program at my new job. I decided to start a storytime for age group because even though I had dictated ages for all of the children’s programs I was still receiving an overwhelming number of two year olds. My hope is that all of those two year olds will come to this special program designed just for them. I was happy to have received  4 children and I hope they will become regular little library patrons.

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