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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: Scarves (Part 2)

And as promised… here is the second part of how I use scarves in my programs. Don’t miss out on the first half which can be found here. I typically sing each song 2-3 times, this way by the end the children and parents know all of the actions.

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If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it wave your scarf
If you’re happy and you know it wave your scarf
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it wave your scarf
(throw your scarf)
(play peek-a-boo)

Jack in the Box
Jack in the box (hold scarf in fist)
Sitting so still
Will he come out?
Yes, he will! (throw scarf)

Source: Jbrary

Let’s Go Riding on an Elevator
Let’s go riding on an elevator (wave scarf up and down)
Elevator, elevator
Let’s go riding on an elevator,
Come along with me!
First floor, second, floor, third floor, fourth floor, fifth floor (shake scarf at different heights)
And…down, down, down, down, down (lower scarf to floor)

Source: Jbrary

Little Bo Peep
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep (wave scarf and hide it behind back)
And doesn’t know where to find them (shake head side to side)
Leave them alone and they’ll come home
Wagging their tails behind them (wag scarf out from behind back)

London Bridge
London bridge is falling down (wave scarf up and down)
Falling down, falling down
London bridge if falling down
My fair lady
Build it up with sticks and stones (fist over fist)
Sticks and stones
Built it up with sticks and stones
My fair lady

My Scarf Goes Up and Down (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
My scarf goes up and down (wave scarf up and down)
My scarf goes up and down
Heigh ho, the derry-o
My scarf goes up and down

My scarf goes round and round  (wave scarf in a circle)
My scarf goes round and round
Heigh ho, the derry-o
My scarf goes round and round

My scarf goes in and out (wave scarf out front and bring in towards you)
My scarf goes in and out
Heigh ho, the derry-o
My scarf goes in and out

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold scarf out to side)
Wiggle it high (shake overhead)
And wiggle it low (shake on the group)
Shake it fast (shake fast)
And shake it slow (shake slow)
Where did it go? (hide behind back)

Source: Loons and Quines

Put The Scarf on Your…
Put the scarf on your head, like this.
Put the scarf on your head, like that.
Put the scarf on your head,
Whether it’s purple, blue or red.
Oh, put the scarf on your head.

Put the scarf on your shoulder, like this.
Put the scarf on your shoulder, like that.
Put the scarf on your shoulder,
Well, at least it’s not a boulder.
Oh, put the scarf on your shoulder.

Put the scarf on your arm, like this.
Put the scarf on your arm, like that.
Put the scarf on your arm,
‘Cause what’s the harm?
Oh, put the scarf on your arm.

Put the scarf on your lap, like this.
Put the scarf on your lap, like that.
Put the scarf on your lap,
It’s such a snap.
Oh, put the scarf on your lap.

Put the scarf on your knee, like this.
Put the scarf on your knee, like that.
Put the scarf on your knee,
That’s where it ought to be.
Oh, put the scarf on your knee.

Put the scarf on your toes, like this.
Put the scarf on your toes, like that.
Put the scarf on your toes,
Yes, this is where it goes.
Oh, put the scarf on your toes.

Source: Rachel Rambach

This is the Way…
This is the way we wash our face (pretend to wash face with scarf)
Wash our face, wash our face,
This is the way we wash our face
So early in the morning
(repeat with other body parts)

Source: Mother Goose on the Loose

Wave Your Scarf (Tune: London Bridge)
Wave your scarf up and down
Up and down, up and down
Wave your scarf up and down
Wave your scarf
(left and right)
(fast and slow)
(high and low)
(round and round)

Source: Jbrary

 Rocketship Run
by Laurie Berkner Band
Track 2 of “The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band”

Have kids dance around and raise scarves high on “blast off”

 

What are your favorite scarf activities??

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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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