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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