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Storytime: Caterpillar/Butterfly

The group I have for this story time tends to run young. We started the story time by introducing the theme and going over how caterpillars turn into butterflies. This is a great time to introduce a non-fiction book by talking about the images. It was wonderful to see some of the children understanding the concept!

Books:
“Waiting for Wings” by Lois Ehlert
“Butterfly Butterfly” by Petr Horacek
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

Two Little Butterfllies
Tune: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little butterflies sitting on a hill (hold up thumbs)
One named Jack and one named Jill (wiggle thumbs)
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

I’m a Caterpillar
Tune: Skip to My Lou

I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me (wiggle body)
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
What’ll I be my darling

I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me (whisper, put head on hands)
I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me
I’m a chrysalis, now sleep with me
What’ll I be my darling

I’m a butterfly, come fly with me (soar around the room)
I’m a butterfly, come fly with me
I’m a butterfly, come fly with me
That’s what I’ll be my darling

Scarves
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Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Flutter, flutter butterfly floating in the summer sky (wave scarves overhead)
Floating by for all to see, floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter butterfly floating in the summer sky

Fly, Fly Butterfly
Tune: Skip to My Lou

Fly, fly butterfly (wave scarves while flying around the room)
Fly, fly butterfly
Fly, fly butterfly
Fly high up in the sky (wave scarves high)

(repeat)

Butterfly, Butterfly
Butterfly, butterfly dancing all around (wave scarves)
Butterfly, butterfly now you’re on the ground (lower scarves to floor)
In a tree you’re hard to see (raise scarves)
Now you’ve flown away (hide scarf behind back)
Butterfly, oh butterfly
Please come back some day!

Butterfly Colors
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The first to come to the garden bed
Is a lovely butterfly of brilliant red
Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friends of blue
“The garden is fine, the best I’ve seen”
Says the butterfly of softest green
Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly on in, butter with wings of yellow
Little friend of purple, fly in too
The garden is waiting for a color like you
Orange, orange, we’ve waited so long
Fly right in, where you belong.
Butterflies, butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together – what a delight!

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Storytime: Bathtime

Squeaky Clean by Simon Puttock

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To make this book more interactive and fun I used a pig puppet. I had all of the children say hello to the puppet and went around allowing children to hug the puppet (yes it was on my hand) or I would give the child a kiss on the cheek from it. They loved it! When the mother adds bubbles to the bath I blew some bubbles and when she added 3 rubber duckies I pulled those out of my bag.

Bubbles, Bubbles (Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Bubbles, bubbles all around (roll arms)
Bubbles, bubbles on the ground (lower arms to floor)
Bubbles, bubbles on my nose (touch nose)
Bubbles, bubbles on my toes (touch toes)
Bubbles, bubbles everywhere (reach arms out)

Rub-a-Dub-Dub
Rub-a-dub-dub, one child in the tub (hold up 1 finger)
Tell me what you see
One foot with toes (touch foot)
A hand (touch hand)
A nose (touch nose)
As clean as they can be (rub hands together)

Rub-a-dub-dub, one child in the tub
Tell me what you see
Legs (touch legs)
And arms (rub arms)
So clean and warm
Do they have a hug for me? (hug self or child)

Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau

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Baby’s Bath
Baby’s ready for his bath
Here’s the baby’s tub (make circle with arms)
Here’s the baby’s washcloth (hold palm out)
See how he can rub (pretend to rub face)
Here’s the baby’s cake of soap (hold palm out)
And here’s the towel dry,
And here’s the baby’s cradle (rock arms back and forth)
Rock-a-baby-bye

Scarves
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This is the Way
This is the way we wash our face,
Wash our face, wash our face
This is the way we wash our face
So early in the morning

(repeat with other body parts)

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Children love this flannel board! If there is a small group I will give each child a dot to put on dog. When I get to their color I invite them to to put it on dog. 

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Bubbles

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And of course we had to end with bubbles! I blew bubbles while playing “Splish Splash.” The children loved it (and the adults loved the music)! The only thing I would change it that I would have a bubble gun or machine, I quickly learned that I do not blow bubbles fast enough to satisfy 20 children.

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Storytime: Bugs

Book: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Itsy Bitsy Spider
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The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

To make this class song more interactive and fun try using a spider puppet or sing it again using “the great big spider.” When using a spider puppet I always tell the children that I’m going to introduce them to a very nice friend of mine. The spider puppet then comes out and is introduced to the children and might even shake hands. The kids get a kick out of this and it helps the children who might otherwise be scared of the puppet.

Spider on the Floor
You can either sing this song or play a recording. I personally use “Spider on the Floor” by Bill & Linda Seaberg. Since this is a longer song I have included the link to the lyrics.
“Spider on the Floor” by Raffi

Spider Web

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Check out my post to see how I made this portable flannel cube, it is the perfect size to take to daycares. 

The spider catches a fly
The spider catches a fly
Hi ho the dairy-o
The spider catches a fly
(repeat with other bugs)

Source: Storytime with Miss Tara

Book: Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek

Scarves:

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Flutter, Flutter Butterfly (with scarves)
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the summer sky
Floating by for all to see
Floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter butterfly
Floating in the summer sky

Shoo Fly (with scarves) by Larry Groce

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
or
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

Pretty Ladybug (Flannel Board) (Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man)

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Ladybug has 1 black spot, 1 black spot, 1 black spot
Ladybug has 1 black spot, pretty ladybug
(count up to 6)

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Storytime: Beach

Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell

Sally Goes to the Beach by Stephen Huneck

All You Need for a Beach by Alice Schertle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess the Theme
I’m trying a new thing to get the children excited and more interactive. I often have a quiet bunch and feel like I’m just talking at them, I to get them involved more. I thought by showing them objects, having them tell me what it is and guessing the theme might help with the shy problem. The kids were not able to guess beach but I did find out who the most interactive kids in the group are!IMG_8040

Beach Ball
A little beach ball (make circle with hands)
A bigger beach ball (expand hands)
A great big beach ball (expand hands)
I see, now let’s count them
Are you ready?
One, two, three!

The Fish in the Sea (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
with scarves
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish (wave scarf side to side)
Swish, swish, swish
Swish, swish, swish
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish
All day long
(The dolphins in the sea swim round and round)
(The sand in the sea drifts down, down, down)
(The waves on the sea go up and down)
Source: Jbrary

Five Little Ocean Friends

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Five little ocean friends on the ocean floor,
The starfish walks away, now there are four.
Four little ocean friends living in the sea,
The crab slides away, now there are three.
Three little ocean friends, looking for a clue,
“Glub, glub” says the lobster, now there are two.
Two little ocean friends, not having much fun,
Off swam the seahorse, now there is one.
One little octopus sad and all alone,
Back swims the starfish, back swims the crab,
Back swims the lobster, back swims the seahorse
And they played in the sea foam, safe at home.
Source: Storytime Katie

Water, Water
Water, water everywhere (stretch arms out)
On my face and on my hair (touch face, then hair)
On my fingers, on my toes (wiggle fingers, touch toes)
Water, water on my nose (touch nose)

 

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Storytime: Bugs

My Monday story time is for all ages but recently has turned into baby time. Sometimes I get children above the age of 1 but it is mostly 6 months to 1 years old. As such, I have taken out a story (I usually read 3), added in lap bounces and fingerplays that can be adapted. I have added the different actions for each activity, this way you can see the slight changes I use to make them fun for all ages.

Book

I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges

Beehive
Here is a beehive (make a fist)
But where are the bees? (shrug shoulders)
Hiding inside where nobody sees (point to fist)
Soon they’ll come out of their
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (raise one finger at a time)
BUZZZZZ, their alive! (wiggle fingers in air or tickle babies belly)

The Little Bee
The little bee went flying (fly hand in the air)
To see what he could see
And all that he could see
Was a little tummy! (tickle belly)

Where, Oh Where
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers (wiggle fingers or touch baby’s fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes (stamp feet or touch baby’s feet)
Where, oh where is baby’s bellybutton (pat belly or touch baby’s belly)
Round and round it goes (make circle on stomach or on baby’s stomach)

Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I have a board book set (12 books) for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” I give each parent and child a book to read together. Some children will look at it at their own pace, while others will follow along with me. I encourage the parents to let their child hold the book and encourage them to turn the pages.

Four Green and Speckled Frogs by Peter Moses

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Four green and speckled frogs (bounce baby or bounce 4 fingers)
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
Yum, yum, yum (rub baby’s bell or rub stomach)
One jumped into the pool
Where is was nice and cool
Now there’s just three green speckled frogs (bounce baby or bounce 3 fingers)
Ribbit, ribbit

(count down)

Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Bouncing Baby
Bouncing, bouncing baby on my knee (bounce baby or jump)
Bouncing, bouncing 1, 2, 3 (lift baby or raise arms on 3)

Clapping, clapping with baby on my knee (clap hands)
Clapping, clapping 1, 2, 3

Hugging, hugging baby on my knee (hug baby or self)
Hugging, hugging 1, 2, 3

Grand Old Duke of York
The Grand Old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men (bounce baby or march)
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift baby or lift arms)
And he marched them down again (lower baby or touch floor)

And when they’re up, they’re up (lift baby or lift arms)
And when they’re down, they’re down (lower baby or touch floor)
And when they are only half way up
They’re neither up nor down (lift and lower)

Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me by Cedarmont Kids

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Shoo fly, don’t bother me (wave scarf around, pretending to try and hit a fly)
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star (wave scarf over head)
I feel, I feel, I feel like a morning star

Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
Shoo fly, don’t bother me
For I belong to somebody

Free Play!!

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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: Scarves (Part 1)

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I love using scarves in my programs. Who doesn’t love scarves?? I think parents enjoy them as much as the children do. I have compiled a list of the scarf songs and activities I use in my programs. The great thing about scarves is that you can modify them for any age group, even babies! Since I have such a large collection of scarf  activities and rhymes I will be posting it in 2 parts.

 

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Activity Scarves from Lakeshore Learning.

 

Green Means Go
For this activity you can have children march around the room or in place if you are in a small area.
Green means “Go, go, go, go” (wave green scarf, have children quickly march)
Yellow means “Slow, slow, slow” (wave yellow scarf, have children slowly march)
Red means “STOP” (wave red scarf, stand still)
Go! Go! Go!
Slow…. slow…. slow
STOP!
(repeat until children are tired)

Source: Jbrary

Hey Diddle Diddle
Nursery rhymes are great to use scarves with. Typically, parents and children already know them so they can join in right away. Also, nursery rhymes are great for little minds (rhyming, builds memory, etc).
Hey diddle, diddle (wave scarf up and down)
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon (wave scarf over head)
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon (hide behind back)

My Scarf Has Four Corners
My hat has four corners (place scarf on head)
Four corners has my hat
And if there weren’t four corners
If would not be my hat
(my blanket – cover lap with scarf)
(my cape – hold scarf over shoulders)

Source: Jbrary

Popcorn Kernels (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Popcorn kernels (wave scarves overhead)
Popcorn kernels
In the pot (bunch scarves up in fists)
In the pot
Shake it, shake it, shake it (shake fists)
Shake it, shake it, shake it
Til they pop (throw scarves)
Til they pop

Source: Future Librarian Superhero

Rain on the Grass
Rain on the grass (shake scraf on floor)
Rain on the trees (shake high)
Rain on the roof (hold scarf over head)
But not on me (drop scraf)
(Sun on the grass…)
(Snow on the grass…)
(Leaves on the grass)

Source: So Tomorrow
Video: Jbrary 

Scarves All Around
Up and down, round and round (circle scarf in air)
Put your scarf on the ground (lower scarf)
Over (wave scarf over lap)
Under (wave scarf below knees)
In between (wave scarf between legs)
Now my scarf can not be seen (close knees)
Scarf in front (wave scarf in front of you)
Scarf behind, now my scarf I cannot find (hide scarf behind back)
It’s in my left hand, in my right (put in left, then right)
My lovely scarf is back in sight (wiggle scarf)

Source: Loons and Quines

Twinkle Twinkle
Twinkle, twinkle little star (wave scarf over head)
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

Wind, Oh Wind
Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say.
I am blowing the scarves away

Source: Mother Goose on the Loose

We Wave Our Scarves Together (Tune: For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together
We wave our scarves together
We wave our scarves together
Because it’s fun to do
Wave them up high
Wave them down low
Wave them in the middle
Because it’s fun to do

Source: Jbrary

Here are some great songs you can use if you don’t feel like singing alone! (A fair warning – most of these songs will be stuck in your head and your significant other might go crazy while you sing them cooking)

Let’s Go Fly a Kite
by Georgina Stewart
Track 1 of “Musical Scarves & Activities”

Have children dance around and wave their scarves overhead. 

Shoo Fly
Track 39 on “100 Sing-Along-Songs for Kids”
There are a ton of different CD’s and musicians who sing this song.

Have children try to hit imaginary fly with scarf.

 

I typically repeat each rhyme or activity 2-3 times, the first time it is usually me doing it by myself but by the 3rd time the children know the actions and love doing it with you. If you regularly use scarves in storytimes (like I do) you often hear squeals of glee when they see the box of scarves. I’d love to hear how you use scarves in your programs! I’m always interested in learning new songs and activities.

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Storytime: Weather

The weather has been a little crazy in CT, we’ve gone from negative temperatures to 55 and snow storms to thunderstorms. In honor of the weather madness I decided to do a weather story time!

 

Opening – Here, Here (Tune: Skip to My Lou)
A great way to break the ice, especially with new little patrons, is to use a puppet. Children often have an easier time connecting with a puppet than a person. I like to go around the circle and have each child shake the puppet’s hand when I say their name.
Here, here, we’re all here
Here, here, we’re all here
Here, here, we’re all here
We’re all here in story time
Hello (child’s name), how are you?
Hello (child’s name), how are you?
Hello (child’s name), how are you?
We’re so glad to see you

Book

Sledding by Elizabeth Winthrop

Snowflake, Snowflake (Tune: Twinkle Twinkle)
Snowflake, snowflake fancy free (wave hands over head)
Snowflake, snowflake dance with me
First on my head, then on my toes (touch body parts)
Then on my nose, where the cold wind blows
Snowflake, snowflake turn around
Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground

Snowflake, snowflake fancy free (wave hands over head)
Snowflake, snowflake dance with me
Touch my ear, then my knees (touch body parts)
Snowflake, snowflake I’m about to freeze (hug self and shiver)
Snowflake, snowflake turn around
Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground

Book

Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Rain is Falling (Tune: Ants Go Marching)
The rain is falling down in drops (wiggle fingers down)
Drip drop, drip drop (tap thighs)
The rain is falling down in drops
Drip drop, drip drop

The rian is falling down in drops
We can’t go play until it stops (wag finger side to side)
Oh, the rain is falling down
To the ground (wiggle fingers all the way to floor)
Where it makes lots of mud
Squish, squish, squish (pat floor)

Flannel Board

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Five Little Umbrellas (Flannel Board)
You can use any name for this rhyme but I prefer to use the name of the children in the story time and have them come take the color off of the board. If you have more than five children you can always repeat the rhyme.
Five umbrellas stood by the door
(name) took the pink one and then there were four
Four umbrellas, as pretty as can be
(name) took the blue one and then there were three
Three umbrellas having fun
(name) took the yellow one and then there was one
One umbrella alone in the hall
(name) took the purple one and that was all!

If You Have… (Tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man)
This is a handy song to get the flannel pieces back!
If you have a (color) umbrella
A (color) umbrella, a (color) umbrella
If you have a (color) umbrella bring it to me now
(pink, blue, green, yellow, purple)

Book

One Windy Wednesday by Phyllis Root

I Went to Visit the Farm
This is a great one to use puppets with!
I went to visit the farm one day
I saw a cow along the way
What do you think that animal did say?
Moo, moo, moo
(repeat with other animals)

Scarves

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)

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
It’s raining, it’s pouring (wave scarves)
The old man is snoring
He went to bed and bumped his head
And couldn’t get up in the morning

(repeat)

Wind, Oh Wind!
Wind, oh wind, oh wind I say (hold scarf out to side)
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves I say (wave scarves)
I am blowing the scarves away

 

Rain on the Grass
Rain on the grass (shake on floor)
Rain on the trees (shake high)
Rain on the roof (hold above head)
But not on me!

(repeat with sun)
(repeat with snow)

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, 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)

Free Play
Free play with special toys is always a great way to end story time. I recently started doing this after hearing several mothers tell me that the main reason they come to story time is to allow their child to socialize with other children. While singing and reading together is a great bonding experience, children learn a lot through play and by playing with others. I am lucky enough to have several friends with children who donated some gently used  toys to the library, now I have a box of toys I pull out special for story time participants. I hang around for a little bit and pop in and out during free play to see if parents have any questions and to interact with the children.

 

 

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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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Music & Movement: Week 2

We Clap Our Hands Together
We clap our hands together
We clap our hands together
We clap our hands together
Because it’s fun to do
(We wave our arms together)
(We wiggle our feet together)
(We say hello together)

Stretching
I stretch and stretch and find it fun
To try and reach up to the sun
I bend and bend to touch the ground
Then I twist and twist around

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy thumbs up
Tommy thumbs down
Tommy thumbs dancing all around the town
Dance them on your shoulder
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed

Tempo Marches On by Jim Gill

Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill

Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

Scarves

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

Popcorn Kernels (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (wave scarves, over head)
In the pot, in the pot (bunch scarves in fist)
Shake them, shake them, shake them (shake closed fist)
Shake them, shake them, shake them
‘Til they pop (toss scarves into the air)

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

Song Cube

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Time for “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Instruments

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A colleague told me about the CD Party Like a Preschooler by Go Fish and it was very fun and upbeat. I put the CD on shuffle and let the parents and their child explore the different instruments.

Summary: The attendance is still low and the age is younger than I anticipated but it did grow by one family this week (YAY!). I’m hoping eventually to have enough children to use the parachute with them. I didn’t have much time to plan today’s program and relied heavily upon my go tos. Next week I am hoping to do something more formal with instruments and use different songs.

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