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Storytime: Clothes

Books:
“Ella Sarah Gets Dressed” by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
“Hooray for Hat!” by Brian Won
“Duck Sock Hop” by Jane Kohuth

Silly Hat
On my head, I wear a hat (pretend to place hat on head)
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro (tilt head side to side)
Where else can my silly hat go?
(repeat with different body parts)

Source: Jbrary

Grandma’s Glasses
These are grandma’s glasses (circle hands over eyes)
This is grandma’s hat (place hands over head)
This is the way she folds her hands (clasp hands together)
And lays them in her lap (place hands in lap)

Here are grandpa’s glasses (circle hands over eyes)
And here is grandpa’s hat (place hands over head)
And here’s the way he folds his arms (cross arms)
And takes a little nap (place head on arms and snore)

Boots by Laurie Berkner

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This was a great song to get wiggles out! We marched around the room, had kids jumping like frogs and danced about. Even the shyest kids got into it!

Missing Socks Flannel Board
(Tune: Where, Oh Where)
For this flannel board I hot glued a magnet onto a clothes pin and gave each child a clothes pin to practice opening and closing it. Parents were great about helping their little ones use their motor skills! Next I gave each child a colored sock and had them discuss with their parents what color the sock is. As I sang about my missing sock children would bring their matching sock to the board. 

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Where, oh where did my socks go? (shrug shoulders)
Where, oh where can they be?
I have looked high and I have looked low (shield eyes and pretend to look)
Where, oh where can they be?

I’m looking for my red sock!

(repeat with other colors)

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Storytime: Letter H

Whose Hat? by Margaret Miller

Clip-Clop! by Nicola Sme

Building a House by Byron Barton

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I read “Clip-Clop” I had the parents put their child on their lap and turned the book into a bounce, the parents and kids alike really got into it.

 

ABC Magnets

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I like to start and end the Alphabet program by singing our ABCs. To start I put out all of the letter magnets and have the children tell me what letter is missing, that becomes our letter of the day. After we go through the letter and some words that start with it I invite each child up to take two letters off the board and put it into my bag. At first all the children like to swarm up and will grab as many letters as they possibly can, but after a few weeks they begin to understand that they must wait until they hear their name called. To help them stick with two letters only I count out loud (this program maxes out at 12 children so I know I will have enough letters). The children get very excited when it is their turn, plus this helps them learn patience and how to take turns!

Building a House

I’m going to build a little house,

[Form arch over head.]

With windows big and bright.

[Circles around eyes.]

With chimney tall and curling smoke

drifting out of sight.

[Stretch up arms, make drifting motion.]

In winter when the snowflakes fall,

[Flutter hands down.]

Or when I hear a storm,

[Cup hand to ear.]

I’ll go inside my little house,

[Crouch inside.]

And I’ll be safe and warm.

[Hug self or child.]

Source: SurLaLune

Silly Hat Song (Tune: This Old Man)

On my head, I wear my hat.

It is such a silly hat

That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro

Where else can my silly hat go?

(repeat with other body parts)

Ten Galloping Horses

Ten galloping horses, (hold up ten fingers)

Came through town. (slap hands on legs like galloping)

Five were white, (hold up five fingers)

And five were brown. (hold up five fingers on other hand)

They galloped up, (slap up toward top of thighs)

They galloped down, (slap down toward knees)

Ten galloping horses, (hold up ten fingers)

Came through town. (slap hands on legs like galloping)

Source: King’s County Library System

Marching Around the Alphabet by Hap Palmer

This song has become a story time favorite! Every week the children line up on the outside of the alphabet rug and start to march with their adult. When the whistle blows the children stop, bend down and point out which letter they are standing on. I like to participate as well and sometimes I will ask a child what letter they stopped on and the color of the square.

Parachute

The children all grab on and we make some waves (fast, slow, big, small) then I ask the parents to hold on to the parachute. The adults lower the parachute and then pop it into the air, the children then go under (lots of happy squeals) and we gently shake the parachute over their heads. We do this 3 or 4 times, there is always one child that doesn’t want to come out but the parents are pretty good about it. Next I have the children hold on again and place foam letters on the parachute. We shake the parachute and watch the letters fly (again lots of happy squeals)!

ABCs

Craft

I always tell the parents to please do not do the craft for their child, feel free to help them use the glue stick but if they want to put an eye where the foot should be well then that’s just artistic license!

H is for Horse!

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Storytime: Winter Clothes

Little children cure all issues! Having a bad day? Find a small child and smiles will ensue. Needless to say I’m having a rough couple of weeks (significant other had major surgery and is basically bedridden, my car is falling apart, I keep misplacing my work keys and sleep is nonexistent). I was close to calling out of work this morning because I felt like everything was snowballing and I just needed to get things in order/sleep! The only reason I pulled myself out of bed was because I knew I had story time and I hate disappointing the kids and my coworkers. Well it’s a good thing I showed up because I had at least 25 children under the age of 5 and they all brought smiles to my face! I prepared this program in a haze and was nervous how it would go over but the kids and  parents loved it. Days like today make me so grateful to have a job I love!

One Mitten by Kristine O’Connell George

A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke

 

 

 

 

 

 

First we went over all the different articles of clothing we wear when we go outside in Winter. I brought my coat, scarf, hat and mittens for demonstration purposes. I went over each piece and had the kids clap if they wore it to the library today.

Five Little Snowmen

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Five little snowmen standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

Each with a hat (hands on head)

And a big red bow (hands under chin)

Out came the sun and it shown all day (circle arms overhead)

And one little snowmen melted away (wiggle arms down)

(count down)

Silly Hat (Tune: This Old Man)

On my head, I wear my hat

It is such a silly hat

That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro

Where else can my silly hat go?

(repeat with other body parts)

Source: SurLaLune

Warm Mittens

I wiggle my left mitten (wave hand)

I wiggle my right (wave hand)

Inside of my mittens

So warm and so tight

I wiggle my pinkie (wiggle pinkie)

I wiggle my thumbs (wiggle thumbs)

So when I make snowballs (cup hands together)

My hands don’t get numb.

On a Chilly Winter Morning (Tune: Mulberry Bush)

I told the children and adults to act out each motion while I actually put on each article of clothing.

We’re getting ready to go out in the cold, out in the cold, out in the cold

We’re getting ready to go out in the cold

On a chilly winter morning

This is the way we put on our coat…

This is the way we put on our gloves…

This is the way we put on our hat…

This is the way we put on our scarf…

This is the way we put on our boots…

We’re getting ready to go out in the cold, out in the cold, out in the cold

We’re getting ready to go out in the cold

On a chilly winter morning

Source: Miss Emma’s Storytime

Ten Warm Mittens

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Ten warm mittens, hanging on the line,

One blows away and then there are nine.

Nine warm mittens, one without a mate,

A squirrel carries one away and that leaves eight.

Eight warm mittens, just eight not eleven,

One gets buried in the snow and that leaves seven.

Seven warm mittens, which one do you pick?

I’ll pick the red one and that leaves six.

Six warm mittens, put one on to try.

Then you take it from the line and that leaves five.

Five warm mittens, we had ten before!

A fluffy bunny needs one and that leaves four!

Four warm mittens, two for you and two for me,

I lost one on the ski slope and that leaves three.

Three warm mittens, looking very new,

One falls into the mud and that leaves two.

Two warm mittens, drying in the sun,

A bird comes down and snatches it and that leaves one.

One warm mitten, what good is one?

A little mouse can have a bed, and that leaves none!

If You’re Cold and You Know It

If you’re cold and you know it clap your mittens

If you’re cold and you know it clap your mittens

If you’re cold and you know it and you really want to show

If you’re cold and you know it clap your mittnes

…stomp your boots

…shake your hat

…say brrr

Froggy Flannel board

I love the book “Froggy Gets Dressed” by Jonathan London and have used it with great success with my 3-5 year olds. I knew the book was a little lengthy for my crew (mostly two year olds). I saw a post on Miss Emma’s Storytime that included a flannel board of this story, I figured I could make it and then tell a simpler/shorter version of the story. Usually my story flannel boards are accompanied by the actual book and  I was slightly nervous to use the board only but it was a big hit. I went through the book, used the general concept and pulled out some of the dialogue to read. The parents thought the flannel board was adorable and the kids loved trying to figure out what Froggy was missing, the ending stumped them but they all loved when I yelled “HIS UNDERWEAR.” Luckily for me I was in a much better mood by the end of storytime so I was really able to dramatize and act out the story. I used the Kiz Club template to make the pieces.

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Craft

I gave the children winter hats attached to a band and a variety of things (buttons, feathers, stickers, crayons) to decorate their hats with!

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Storytime: Letter H

Whose Hat? by Margaret Miller

Building a House by Byron Barton

Clip-Clop! by Nicola Smee

ABC Magnets

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I like to start and end the Alphabet program by singing our ABCs. To start I put out all of the letter magnets and have the children tell me what letter is missing, that becomes our letter of the day. After we go through the letter and some words that start with it I invite each child up to take two letters off the board and put it into my bag. At first all the children like to swarm up and will grab as many letters as they possibly can, but after a few weeks they begin to understand that they must wait until they hear their name called. To help them stick with two letters only I count out loud (this program maxes out at 12 children so I know I will have enough letters). The children get very excited when it is their turn, plus this helps them learn patience and how to take turns!

Building a House

I’m going to build a little house (form arch over head)

With windows big and bright (circle around eyes)

With chimney tall and curling smoke drifting out of sight (wiggle arm up)

In winter when the snowflakes fall (flutter hands down)

Or when I hear a storm (cup hand to ear)

I’ll go inside my little house (cover head with arms)

And I’ll be safe and warm (hug self)

Source: SurLaLune

Silly Hat (Tune: This Old Man)

On my head, I wear my hat

It is such a silly hat

That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro

Where else can my silly hat go?

(repeat with different body parts)

Source: SurLaLune

Ponies in a Meadow

10 little ponies in a meadow green (hold up 10 fingers)

Friskiest ponies I’ve ever seen (wiggle fingers)

They go for a gallop, they go for a trot (move hands side to side)

They come to a halt in the big feed lot (hold up 10 fingers)

10 little ponies fat and well fed

Curl up together in a soft straw bed (interlace fingers and lay hands in lap)

Source: King County Library System

Parachute

The children all grab on and we make some waves (fast, slow, big, small) then I ask the parents to hold on to the parachute. The adults lower the parachute and then pop it into the air, the children then go under (lots of happy squeals) and we gently shake the parachute over their heads. We do this 3 or 4 times, there is always one child that doesn’t want to come out but the parents are pretty good about it. Next I have the children hold on again and place foam letters on the parachute. We shake the parachute and watch the letters fly (again lots of happy squeals)!

ABCs

Craft

I always tell the parents to please do not do the craft for their child, feel free to help them use the glue stick but if they want to put an eye where the foot should be well then that’s just artistic license!

H is for Horse!

horse

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