Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Family Love Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum

 




  • Stand-up Activity – "If You're Happy and You Know It" action song from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - Daddy Mouse House (color rhyme flannelboard)
(put up different color houses on the board, hide a baby mouse picture under one house)

Daddy mouse, daddy mouse, where is your baby?
Daddy mouse, daddy mouse look for your baby under the "yellow" house.

(repeat by replacing the color yellow with other colored houses on the board until the baby mouse is found)

  • Letter of the Day - "F" is for family

  • Book #2 – I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max 

  • Activity – Come A' Look A' See (fingerplay song I first picked up at a workshop conducted by Jane Cobb but can also be found on the music CD The Baby Record by Bob McGrath)

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

 

  • Art Experience – Glue stick the saying "Love Is Easy to Spot" onto paper place-mats and then add dot stickers

Friday, August 11, 2017

Flowers in the Garden Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
    
 


  • Stand-up Activity – "Baby Bumblebee" traditional song from Toddler Action Songs by Cedarmont Kids

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - The Flower Song (a song to the tune of "The Farmer In the Dell" about the parts of a flower that I found at Everything Preschool)

  • Letter of the Day - "F" is for flower


  • Activity – A Little Plant (adapted action rhyme)
In the heart of a seed
Buried oh so deep, a little plant lay fast asleep
"Awake," said the sun
"Come up through the earth."
"Awake," said the rain
"We are giving you birth."
The little seed heard and giving it a try
Pointed its leaves
Up to the sky

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music
   
 

  • Art Experience – Squeeze glitter glue on craft foam flowers

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hanging Up the Clothespins Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
   
  


  • Stand-up Activity – "Boots" action song from Vicor Vito by Laurie Berkner

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 



  • Flannelboard - Color Clothespins
I strung up a length of yarn between a chair and a table in my storytime room.  I then handed the children colored plastic clothespins. I briefly stated a history of clothespin technology.  Then I had the children come clip their clothespins to the line when I called out their color.  

  • Letter of the Day - "C" is for Clothespin


  • Activity – The Washing Machine (an action rhyme that I found somewhere many years ago)
Washing in the washing machine,
Going round and round.
Washing in the washing machine,
Moving up and down.
Round and round and up and down,
It makes a noisy sound.
Faster, faster, faster,
Round and round and round.
Then stop!

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music
 
 
 

  • Art Experience – Use color pens to color wood clothepins

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fathers and Grandfathers Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum




  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - Daddy Mouse House (color rhyme flannelboard)
(put up different color houses on the board, hide a baby mouse picture under one house)

Daddy mouse, daddy mouse, where is your baby?
Daddy mouse, daddy mouse look for your baby under the "yellow" house.

(repeat by replacing the color yellow with other colored houses on the board until the baby mouse is found)

  • Letter of the Day - "D" is for dad



  • Activity – Come A' Look A' See (fingerplay song I first picked up at a workshop conducted by Jane Cobb but can also be found on the music CD The Baby Record by Bob McGrath)

  • Closing - Rhythm sticks using "Goin' On a Bear Hunt" song from Kids In Action by Greg and Steve 
 
 

  • Art Experience – "You Are My Sunshine" greeting card with happy face stickers as the face of the sun and glued spiral noodles for the rays of the sun

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Moon Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
   
 


  • Stand-up Activity – Blast Off to the Moon (action rhyme I found in many places)
Let's take a rocket to the moon
First we climb into our rocket ship
(pretend to climb ladder into rocket)
Next we buckle ourselves in
(crouch down and pretend to but a seat belt across your shoulder)
Now for the countdown... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Blast off!
(jump up)
We go flying around the earth and over to the moon
(airplane arms)
Now stop on the moon and look around
(look around with hand over eyes)
Now it's time to go back home so we climb back into our rocket ship
(pretend to climb ladder)
Buckle ourselves in
(pretend seat belt)
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Blast off!
(jump up)
We fly around the moon and fly around the earth
(airplane arms)
And finally come back home
(land on the ground)

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - Phases of the Moon 
I cut some paper plates to create four phases of the moon (full, gibbous, half, crescent). I introduced these phases to the children and then read a poem about the moon I found on the Guybrarian blog. 

  • Letter of the Day - "M" is for moon


  • Activity – "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music
 
 

  • Art Experience – Using the plastic centers of receipt paper rolls and paint, stamp craters onto paper plates to make unique moons.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Balancing Big and Little Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
   
 



  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 



  • Flannelboard - Balancing a Snake
I created a simple scale with pieces I found at home. I found something that worked as the fulcrum and a lid to a plastic container as the cross beam. I then placed a bean bag snake on one end of the scale. I found some woodland creatures from a counting game to act as the counter weight to the snake. The children helped me count how many animals it took to balance the weight of the snake. 

  • Letter of the Day - "T" is for teeter-totter

  • Book #2 – Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker (pop-up)

  • Activity – This Is (fingerplay adapted by Carol Hopkins)
This is big, big, big
This is small, small, small
This is tall, tall, tall
This is short, short, short
This is fast, fast, fast
This is slow, slow, slow
This is yes, yes, yes
This is no, no, no
This is right, right, right
This is left, left, left
This is hide
(cover eyes with hands)
This is... Peekaboo!

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music
 
 

  • Art Experience – Glue colorful small and large wallpaper squares onto a regular sheet of blue paper