Monday, December 30, 2013

Bath Time Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds: 
I like to pop, I like to pop, I like to pop, pop bubbles.
I like to pop, I like to pop, I like to pop, pop bubbles.
I like to pop, I like to pop, I like to pop, pop bubbles.
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!

(repeat with different action words)
  • 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 
  • Closing - Use egg shakers to the song "I Know a Chicken" from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
  • Craft – Use pill bottles or yogurt containers to stamp circle bubbles onto bathtub picture

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Lego My Library - Monsters

A fun Lego building block storytime intended for children 4 to 9 years old.

Book:  Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott

Extra book: I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam

Lego challenge: Create something that a monster needs

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Autumn Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds: 
  • 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 
  • Book #2 - Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • Activity – Dancing Leaves (action rhyme I found in Mailbox Preschool magazine October/November 2008, page 33)
  • Closing - Use egg shakers to the song "I Know a Chicken" from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
  • Craft – Glue fall objects to a crown

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Airplanes Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds: 
  • 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 
  • Book #2 - Flying by Donald Crews
  • Activity – The Airplane (action rhyme I have seen in many places)
The airplane has great big wings
Its propeller spins around and sings
Vvvvvvrrrruuuummmmmmmm
The airplane goes up
The airplane goes down
The airplane flies high
All over town
  • Closing - Use egg shakers to the song "I Know a Chicken" from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
  • Craft – Crayons to color paper airplanes

Monday, December 9, 2013

Teddy Bears Stortyime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds: 
  • Opening - Skinnamarink (from Car Songs: Songs to Sing Anywhere by Dennis Buck at Kimbo), Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – My Bear and Me by Barbara Maitland, pictures by Lisa Flather
  • Stand-up Activity - Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around (traditional action rhyme)
Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear dance on your toes
Teddy bear, teddy bear touch your nose
Teddy bear, teddy bear reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear jump to the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear find your feet
Teddy bear, teddy bear find your seat
  • 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 - Use three different colored teddy bear cut-outs to practice making simple patterns
  • Book #2 - Wrapping Paper Romp by Patricia Hubbell, pictures by Jennifer Plecas (board book)
  • Activity – A Teddy Bear (fingerplay I found in Mailbox magazine)
  • Closing - Use egg shakers to the song "I Know a Chicken" from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
  • Craft – Use color pens to color on a teddy bear coloring sheet

Friday, November 29, 2013

Lego My Library - Pets

A fun Lego building block storytime intended for children 4 to 9 years old.

Book:  Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly

Extra book: Critter Sitter by Chuck Richards

Lego challenge: Create something a pet would use

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fire Safety Month - Preschool Storytime

Opening - Clap Your Hands action song from Toddler Action Songs by Cedarmont Kids

Alphabet activity - Take lower case letters out of the hat, then write the letters on the board and bring them back to the hat

Book #1 - Fire Trucks In Action by Mari Schuh

Activity - Drive the Firetruck (action song from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music)

Book #2 - Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell

Book #3 - Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

Activity - Ten Little Firefighters (I am not sure where I picked up this fingerplay)

Closing - If You're Happy and You Know It from Wee Sing Children's Songs and Fingerplays

Art experience - Dot stickers on a fire dog picture


Monday, November 18, 2013

Firetruck Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds: 
  • Opening - Skinnamarink (from Car Songs: Songs to Sing Anywhere by Dennis Buck at Kimbo), Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – Fire Fighter Piggywiggy by Chrisyan and Diane Fox
  • Stand-up Activity - I'm a Little Firefighter (action song to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot" written by Carol Hopkins
I'm a little firefighter off I go
Here is my helmet
Here is my truck
When my clothes catch on fire I know what to do
I stop, drop, and roll to put the fire out
  • 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 
  • Closing - Use egg shakers to the song "I Know a Chicken" from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
  • Craft – Use bingo paint dabbers to paint spots onto a fire dog picture

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Chickens Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds: 
Here's a little egg, so smooth and white
(sit criss cross, head down, arms in lap)
Peck, peck, peck, there's something inside!
Peck, peck, peck, here comes a little beak.
(move head up and make beak with fingers)
Peck, peck, peck here come two little feet.
(extend feet)
Peck, peck, peck, here come the wings.
(flap arms as wings)
Peck, peck, peck, and a pick, pick, pick,
(move to squatting position)
And crack, crack, CRACK!
Out pops the baby chick!
(stand up, arms above head)
  • 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 - Hens of a Different Color (color rhyme I picked up somewhere many years ago)
  • Book #2 - Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield, illustrated by Ant Parker (pop-up)
  • Activity – Little Chick, Little Chick (action rhyme adapted by Carol Hopkins from the "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around" jump rope rhyme)
(Suite actions to words.)
Little chick, little chick turn around.
Little chick, little chick scratch the ground.
Little chick, little chick strut on your toes.
Little chick, little chick touch your nose.
Little chick, little chick reach up high.
Little chick, little chick flap to the sky.
Little chick, little chick wiggle your feet.
Little chick, little chick find your nest seat.
  • Closing - Use egg shakers to the song "I Know a Chicken" from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
  • Craft – Coloring sheet with crayons

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wild Animals Preschool Storytime

Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds.
  • Activity - Great To Be Wild and Free (action chant written by Carol Hopkins)
I'm running with the zebras
I'm running with the zebras
Isn't it great to be wild and free
I'm running with the zebras

(Do other action words with different wild animals)
  • Closing - Use scarves to the song "Jump" from Bottle of Sunshine by Milkshake
  • Art activity - Curious George coloring sheet

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mother Preschool Storytime

Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds.
  • Activity - Come A' Look A' See (fingerplay found on The Baby Record by Bob McGrath and Katharine Smithrim)
  • Closing - Scarves to the song "Super Mom" from Improvise With Eric Nagler by Eric Nagler
  • Art activity - Glue craft foam bugs onto a flower coloring sheet



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds: 
  • Opening - Skinnamarink (from Car Songs: Songs to Sing Anywhere by Dennis Buck at Kimbo), Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
  • Book #1 – I Love You, Little Pumpkin! by Sandra Magsamen (lift-flap, board book)
  • Stand-up Activity - Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern (action rhyme adapted by Carol Hopkins similar to "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around")
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern turn around.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern roll on the ground.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern dance on your toes.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern light up your nose.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern reach up high.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern jump to the sky.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern smile with heat.
Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern find your seat.
  • 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 - Three Little Pumpkins (picked up this rhyme off a website many years ago)
  • Book #2 - Maisy's Halloween by Lucy Cousins
  • Activity – Pumpkins Over There (action rhyme written by Carol Hopkins)
Pumpkins small
And pumpkins tall
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere
Pumpkins fat
And pumpkins thin
Pumpkins, pumpkins over there!
  • Closing - Use egg shakers to the song "I Know a Chicken" from Whaddaya Think of That? by Laurie Berkner
  • Craft – Glue small tissue paper squares onto a pumpkin drawing to create unique Jack-O-Lanterns

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

John, Paul, George, and Ben, and Independent Tom

A library program for children ages 4 through 12.

Show the Weston Woods movie of the book John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith.

Tell the story of why Betsy Ross used  5 pointed stars on the U.S flag. (They can be made easily with a proper single cut.)

Sing the song "Yankee Doodle" from Kids Silly Songs by Wonder Kids.

Activity stations:

-  Create maccaroni noodle art by gluing a variety of different shaped noodles and pasta onto paper.

-  Fold and cut five pointed stars.  Then color them with crayons.

-  Due some creative building like Tom with Straw Connectors.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tales of Wonder

The following is a program I did for a large multi-age group of children. There were about 60 kids ranging in age from first through fifth grade.

Read: Snoring Beauty by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Howard Fine

Act Out: Using volunteers and a minimal amount of props, act out the story of "This Too Shall Pass" 

Extra book if needed: One Grain of Rice by Demi

Craft: Decorate a paper towel tube bracelet

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Frog and Toad Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds: 
  • 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 - Five Green and Speckled Frogs (traditional song)
  • Book #2 - Toad by Ruth Brown
  • Activity – Frog Jump Over the Great Big Stick (action rhyme written by Carol Hopkins)
Frog be nimble, frog be quick,
Frog jump over the great big stick
Frog be nimble, frog be slick
Frog swim under the great big stick
Frog be nimble, frog go click
Frog run around the great big stick
  • Closing - Use scarves to the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Craft – Coloring pens on a frog headband