Cake

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Sign Language: Word of the day was “Cake

Opening Rhyme: “Open them, shut them…”

First Book: The Cake That Mack Ate by Rose RobartCake That Mack Ate

Song: “This is the way…”

This is the way we mix the batter, mix the batter, mix the batter
This is the way we mix the batter, when we bake a cake!

This is the way we spread the frosting, spread the frosting, spread the frosting
This is the way we spread the frosting, when we bake a cake!

This is the way we eat our piece, eat our piece, eat our piece
This is the way we eat our piece, when we bake a cake!

Felt Board: 5 Bright Birthday Candles

candlescandles out

(5 candles with flames
remove flames as we blow them out)

Five bright birthday candles and not one more,
The red one got blown out  (blow)
Then there were four.

Four bright birthday candles, pretty as can be,
The blue one got blown out (blow)
Then there were three.

Three bright birthday candles waiting for you,
The green one got blown out, (blow)
Then there were two.

Two bright birthday candles oh what fun,
The yellow one got blown out, (blow)
Then there was one.

Just one bright birthday candle standing oh so tall.
The purple one got blown out, (blow)
And that was all.

(credit: Storytime Katie, I altered the words slightly to include the color of each candle)

Second Book: Who Made This Cake? by Chihiro NakagawaWho Made This Cake?

(I was originally going to read Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson but I had a lot of very little ones in the group today so I went with this one instead.)

Song: “Patty Cake”

Patty cake patty cake,
Bakers man bake me some a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it pat it mark it with a “B”
And put it in the oven for baby and me

Felt Board:  Layer Cake

I ended up making this flannel board myself but I got the idea from one I found for sale on ebay.  I changed it up a little to suit my needs (I didn’t include flannel candles and numbered the layers differently).

Here are some pictures of what I did:

cake layers cake layers assembled

We started with the layers all mixed up.  I asked one child to come up, find layer number one, and bring it to me.  I then put the first layer on the wall.  I continued asking children to find the next layer until we had them all in the right order.  We stopped along the way to count up the layers and at the end I pointed out that the cake was taller than them!

(*since I had more kids than layers, we did this activity more than once to give all the kids a chance)

Third Book: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff

Song:  “Mix the Batter”

Mix the batter, stir the batter
(make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Shake some flour in
(make a shaking motion with one arm/hand)
Mix the batter, stir the batter
(make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Place it in a tin
(pretend to pour)
Sprinkle in some raisins
(pretend to sprinkle)
Pop it in the oven
(open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)
Open wide the oven door
(pretend to open door)
And out comes the cake!
(open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)

(credit: Baby World Child Care Center)

Felt Board:  Cupcakes

Here’s the pattern I used for the cupcakes

cupcakes

Down the corner at the cupcake shop
There were 6 yummy cupcakes with sprinkles on top
Alone came _________(child’s name), all alone
S/He bought the _________(color) one and took it home!

(credit: Mel’s Desk, but I changed the words slightly)

Bees! (bees?!?)

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Sign Language:  The word for the day is “Bee

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, Shut them,…

First Book:  Where There’s a Bear, There’s Trouble!  by Michael Catchpool

Flannel Board:  5 Bees

One little bee flew and flew.
He met a friend, and that made two.
Two little bees, busy as could be.
Along came another and that made three.
Three little bees wanted one more.
Found one soon and that made four.
Four little bees going to the hive.
Spied their little brother and that made five.
Five little bees working every hour.
Busy away, bees and find a flower.

bees

(rhyme from: http://sturgiskids.wetpaint.com/page/Bee+Storytime+songs+and+games )

Song:  “I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumble Bee…”

Second Book:  Bear and Bee by Sergio RuzzierBear and Bee

Flannel Board:  Here is a Beehive

I got this cute idea and the template from Sunflower Storytime

Make a bee hive and little bees that you can velcro onto a glove.  Here’s a picture of mine:beehive

Then recite this rhyme”

Here is a beehive. Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Soon they come creeping out of the hive (have one bee pop out)
1-2-3-4-5! BUZZ! (bring each bee out as you count)
(make your bees fly all around the hive)

Song:  Bumble Bee, Bumble Bee

(I can’t remember where I found this song but it’s basically a version of “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear…”)

Bumblebee, Bumblebee
Buzzing all around.

Bumblebee, Bumblebee
Buzzing on the ground.

Bumblebee, Bumblebee
Buzzing up so high.

Bumblebee, Bumblebee
Buzzing in the sky.

Bumblebee, Bumblebee
Buzzing past your toes.

Bumblebee, Bumblebee
Buzzing on your nose.

Third Book:  Buzz, Buzz, Buzz, Went the Bumblebee by Colin West

Flannel Board: Patterns

Using the flannel bees I used previously, I pointed out that the bees had a pattern on them.  Tell the kids that bees have stripes.  Point to yellow, black, yellow… “this is a pattern!  It’s the same over and over again.”

“You can make patterns with shapes too. Not just colors.  Here is a pattern I’ve made:
Bee, hive, bee, hive, bee, hive   – Let’s see if we can make the same pattern right below-”

beehive pattern

(I asked the kids to repeat the pattern right below the first one while I put the pieces up.  Here’s a picture:)

beehive pattern 2

We did the activity again but I made the pattern a little more difficult:

beehive pattern 3

You could also create a pattern leaving one piece out and ask the kids to tell you what’s missing.

This is a very easy way to introduce a simple STEM concept into the storytime and the kids liked it!

Activity:  Egg Shakers

We used egg shakers (pretended they were bees!) and danced around while we listened to Laurie Berkner’s song “Buzz Buzz”

*  I already conducted this storytime but just found an app that could be used in storytime to emphasize pattern recognition.

iPad App:  Park Math HD by Duck Duck Moose

This is a great app (Duck Duck Moose is one of my favorite developers) that promotes math skills for the very young.  There are a number of cute activities included in the app but the one that I could use the next time I do this storytime is activated by tapping on the green kite (unfortunately, the activities are not labeled).

The screen displays a pattern made up of a number of everyday objects.  There is one object missing from the pattern and at the bottom of the screen there are four choices of objects that can be used to complete the pattern.  Here’s a couple screen shots:pattern app1pattern app2

You could hold the iPad facing the children and discuss the pattern that is displayed on the top half of the screen.  Then ask them to tell you what object would complete the pattern.  The app starts out with simple patterns (like the ones above) but there are slightly more difficult patterns included as well.

Another Baby Storytime – Rhythm Sticks

It’s about time I include another baby storytime on this blog.  So here it is…

Welcome:  Hello everyone!  I’m so happy to see you all today.  (model the sign for “happy“)  We’ll do every rhyme twice and clap for ourselves and each other a lot!

Sign Language:  Word of the day is “bath“.  You can do this sign before, during, and after bath time.

Rhymes:  The following few rhymes I do every week at baby storytime because repetition is good!

1.
Everybody wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.
Everybody wave hello, let’s have some fun.
Everybody wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.
Everybody wave hello, now our song is done. (model sign for “done“.  This is a useful sign for babies because you can use it at the end of meals, playtime, bath time,…)

2.
Old Mother Goose when she wanted to wander    (tap thighs to rhythm)
Would fly through the air on her very fine gander  (lift child into the air)

3.
Two little dickey birds sitting on a cloud  (hold both pointer fingers up in front of you)
One named “Soft”                                 (wiggle right pointer while you whisper)
The other named “Loud.”                      (wiggle left pointer while you “shout”)
Fly away Soft!                                       (move right pointer behind back and whisper)
Fly away Loud!                                      (move left pointer behind back and “shout”)
Come back Soft!                                   (bring right point to front and whisper)
Come back Loud!                                  (bring left point to front and “shout”)

“That last rhyme was about a bird.  Can you say ‘bird‘ in sign language?”

Book:  What Does Baby Say? by Begin Smart

This book is great because you can do a number of corresponding signs as you read.  I model the sign language words for:  more, drink, cat, mommy, eat.

Rhymes:  The following rhymes change from week-to-week.

4.
Here we go up, up, up.                        (lift child up)
Here we go down, down, down.          (bring child back to lap)
Here we go backwards and forward.  (hold child close and lean back)
Here we go round and round.              (hold child close and move in a circle)

5.
Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel,     (trace a circle on child’s tummy)
My little honey’s going to get a tickle!  (tickle child)
One for your nose,         (point to corresponding body parts)
One for your toes,
And one for your belly
Where the hot dog goes!

6.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

Felt Board:  Humpty Dumpty

I placed the felt pieces on the board as I recited the rhyme.  We did this felt board twice.humpty1

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the kings horses and all the kings men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

humpty2humpty3

I found the pattern for this felt board at KizClub

Rhymes:

7.
Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock    (hold child close and rock side to side)
Tick tock, tick tock, Now I’m striking one o’clock
Cuckoo!            (lift child into the air)

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock, Now I’m striking two o’clock
Cuckoo!   Cuckoo!      (lift child into the air twice)

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock, Now I’m striking three o’clock
Cuckoo!   Cuckoo!   Cuckoo!    (lift child into the air three times)

(the tick tock rhyme is a favorite with my current group)

8.
This is my right hand,
I’ll raise it up high.            (right hand up)
This is my left hand,
I’ll touch the sky.              (left hand up)
Right hand,                      (show right palm)
Left hand                         (show left palm)
Roll them around            (roll hands)
Right hand,                     (show palm)
Left hand                        (show palm)
Pound, pound, pound!   (pound fists together)

This is my right foot,     (hold up child’s right foot)
I tap it on the ground.    (tap the ground)
This is my left foot,       (hold up child’s left foot)
I kick it all around.         (kick it around)
Right foot,                     (hold right foot)
Left foot,                        (hold left foot)
Give ‘em both a kick.    (kick feet)
Left foot,                        (hold left foot)
Right foot,                      (hold right foot)
Click, click, click!           (click heels together)

9.
We’re flying to the moon.      (bounce child on yoru lap)
We’re flying to the moon.
Oh, what an adventure! We’re flying to the moon.
10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – BLAST OFF!  (lift child into the air)

Activity:  Rhythm Sticks

rhythm sticks

Next I pass out two rhythm sticks to each child/caregiver.  If the kids are older they can hold the sticks themselves.  The caregiver can hold the sticks hand over hand for the really little babies.

I told the parents that I expect the children to explore making sounds with the sticks, that’s the whole point after all!  As long as no one is hurting themselves or others with the sticks we’re all good!

Here are the rhymes we did with the sticks:

10.
This is the way we tap our sticks, tap our sticks,
tap our sticks.
This is the way we tap our sticks so early in the
morning!

This is the way we rub our sticks, rub our sticks,
rub our sticks.
This is the way we rub our sticks so early in the
morning!

This is the way we tap the floor, tap the floor,
tap the floor.
This is the way we tap the floor so early in the
morning!

11.
Tap your sticks in the air with a 1-2-3
Tap your sticks on the floor with a 1-2-3
Tap your sticks in the air with a 1-2-3
Tap your sticks on the floor with a 1-2-3

Tap your sticks to the left with a 1-2-3
Tap your sticks to the right with a 1-2-3
Tap your sticks to the left with a 1-2-3
Tap your sticks to the right with a 1-2-3

(I got this rhyme from Hap Palmer’s Rhythms on Parade CD.  Check out this YouTube clip)

12.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was
his name-o!
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O
and Bingo was his name-o!

(we tapped our sticks for the B-I-N-G-O part)

Early Literacy Tip:  When you sing or play music with your child, the rhythm allows them to hear syllables and break words into “chunks”.  This skill will help them later when learning to read.

I was really worried that using the rhythm sticks was going to be a huge disaster but it wasn’t!  The little ones had a blast.  A mom came in the next week and said her daughter was using crayons as rhythm sticks at home!  So cute.

Playtime:  I got out a bunch of toys and put on music and we all played.  “Play

Goodbye Song:

13.
Our hands say thank you with A clap, clap, clap
Our feet say thank you with a
Tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap!
Tap, tap, tap!
We roll our hands around, and say,
“Good-bye.”

Rainy Day

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Sign Language:  The word of the day was “Rain

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First Book:  Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray Red Rubber Boot Day

Felt Board:  Five Little Umbrellas

I put the felt umbrellas on the board and had the kids count them with me.  We also pointed out the different colors.  Then I recited the following rhyme as I removed each umbrella (we always count the felt pieces together after each verse).

Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside,
Then there were four.

Four umbrellas, pretty as can be,
The blue one went outside,
Then there were three.

Three umbrellas with nothing to do,
The green one went outside,
Then there were two.

Two umbrellas not having much fun,
The yellow one went outside,
Then there was one.

Just one umbrella alone in the hall.
The white one went outside,
And that was all.

umbrellas

Song: “I Like to See the Raindrops Fall”

(to the tune of All Around the Mulberry Bush)

I like to see the raindrops fall,          (use sign language word for “rain”)
the raindrops fall, the raindrops fall
I like to see the raindrops fall
on a stormy day.

I like to hear the thunder  clap         (clap your hands loudly)
the thunder clap, the thunder clap
I like to hear the thunder clap
on a stormy day.

I like to see the lightning flash,       (make a flash motion with your hands)
the lightning flash, the lightning flash
I like to see the lightning flash
on a stormy day.

(credit: Storytime Secrets)

Second Book:  Rain by Manya Stojic Rain

Felt Board:  Make a Rainstorm

Next I asked the kids to help me make a rainstorm on the felt board.  I gave each child a felt raindrop and told them to hold onto it until they hear their name.  Once they hear their name that can come put it on the board.

I recited the following rhyme for each child:

“Rain, Rain,
Go away;
Come again,
Another day
Little (name of child)  wants to play.”

Our board looked like this:

raindrops

We made a rainstorm!  I continued with another felt board activity.  I recited the following rhyme as I added the appropriate pieces.

“Rain on the grass
Rain on the trees
Rain on the rooftops
But not on me!
Rain on the grass
Rain on the trees
Rain on the windows
But not on me!”

Now our board looked like this:

raindrops 2

Third Book: Rain by Robert Kalan

Activity:  It’s Raining Bubbles!

Next I told the kids that we could pretend bubbles were raindrops and I could make it rain inside!  I blew tons of bubbles and we sang songs like “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring,” “Rain is Falling Down,” and “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”

(idea from Falling Flannelboards)

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Rhyme Cube: Click here for description

Sign Language:  The word of the day was “Kite” and we repeated it often throughout the storytime.

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First Book: Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story

Felt Board:  Five Little Kites

One little kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another, then there were two.
Two little kites flying high above me;
Along came another, then there were three.
Three little kites, just watch them soar,
Along came another, then there were four.
Four little kites, so high and alive
Along came another, then there were five.
Five little kites dancing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up so high!

(credit Storytime Katie)

As I recited the rhyme I added felt kites until we had all five up.kites 5

I left these up to use later on in this storytime.

Second Book:  Someone Bigger by Jonathan EmmettSomeone Bigger

Felt board:  Someone Bigger

For the next activity I asked the kids to retell me the story we just read and as they did I added the “felt” pieces to the wall (we have a carpeted wall so I can use it as a felt board).  I made color photo copies of all the characters from the book.  I laminated them and added velcro dots to the back so I could stick them onto the wall.   I also made a kite out of felt with yarn as the string.  Here’s a picture:

kite bigger

Here are some close-ups of the kite and Sam (from the story):

kite closeupkite sam

In the story, Sam’s dad gets pulled into the sky while flying a kite.  A series of townspeople (and some animals) try to help but get pulled up too.  Finally, Sam grabs onto the kite string and pulls everyone down to safety.  I asked the kids to remember who got pulled up and I added the characters to the wall.  In the end it looked like this:kite everyone

This is a good activity to promote the kids’ narration skills!

Third Book:  Kite Flying by Grace LinKite Flying

Felt Board:  Five Little Kites

Using the kites from the first felt board I recited the following rhyme:

“Five little kites, way up in the sky
Say hi to the clouds, as they pass by.”

(Repeat with-
Say hi to the birds…
Say hi to the sun…
Say hi to the airplane…   and add the appropriate felt pieces)

“Then swish went the wind
And they all took a dive:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5”   (pull each of the kites down until there are none left on the board)

Here’s a picture:

kites sky

(credit: Storytime Sparks)

Activity:  Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

I gave each kid a paper kite I had glued onto a popsicle stick. kite popsicle

We “flew” these around and danced with them as we listened to “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from the Mary Poppins soundtrack.

Eggs!

I did an egg themed storytime around Easter.  I try not to do anything religious themed so “eggs” are perfect for this time of year

Rhyme Cube: Click here for description

Sign Language:  “Egg

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First BookEggs 1 2 3: Who Will the Babies Be? by Janet Halfmann

Rhyme:

“Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
I would roll and roll around,
Rolling all around the ground.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.”

(from Preschool Express)

Felt Board: Where is Little Baby Chick?

I totally stole this awesome felt board idea from the Read it Again! blog.  The kids loved it!  I cut out ten different colored eggs from felt and then found clip art images of ten different items (including a little yellow baby chick).  I laminated the clip art items and put a little velcro dot on the back of each one so it wouldn’t fall off the board.eggs2

I placed the ten images on the board and put the felt eggs over each one.  I showed the kids my board and told them we need to find the little yellow baby chick.

I asked them which color egg I should check under first.  They shouted out some colors.  I went with one of their suggestions but tried to save the little baby chick for last.  If they told me to check under the green egg I said “little baby chick are you under the green egg?”  Then I lifted the egg up to reveal what was hiding underneath.  I asked the kids to tell me what it was and then asked them a question or two about the item.  For example if it was the cat I said “what color is that cat?” and “what does a cat say?”.eggs

We continued on until we found the little baby yellow chick! (and the angry bird! – this was such a fun idea that I also stole from the Read it Again! blog).

angry bird

Second Book: Except If by Jim AverbeckExcept If

Rhyme:

I’m a Little Chickie
(To the Tune of: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little chickie,                   (crouch down inside your egg)
Ready to hatch,
Pecking at my shell,              (Pecking motion)
Scratch, scratch, scratch!    (scratching motion)
When I crack it open,
Out I’ll jump                           (jump out of shell)
Fluff my feathers,
Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!

(from Everything Preschool)

Felt Board:  Three Eggs in a Basket

egg basket

I got this felt board idea from the Storytiming blog.  I had three eggs in a basket and underneath the eggs I had a turtle, a chick, and a duck.  I pointed out the differences between the eggs (size and shape) and told the kids that “one day, the first egg began to shake!  Then it started to crack!  And out popped a…… TURTLE!”  I continued until we had all the eggs removed.

eggs turtle

Then I said the mama turtle came, the mama hen came, and the mama duck came.  I put all the mama’s on the board.  Next I put all the babies on the mama’s backs and said “Off they went on their mama’s backs to go play.”

Third Book:  Ollie by Olivier DunreaOllie

Activity:  Egg Shakers

Next we each got an egg shaker and shook our sillies out while we listened to Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken” song on the Whaddaya Think of That? CD.Thanks to Miss Sarah’s Storytime for this activity idea.

Blankets

I should have made this a BYOB storytime (Bring Your Own Blanket) but forgot to tell the parents ahead of time.  Darn!

Rhyme Cube:  Click here for description

Sign Language:  “Blanket”  – we repeated this word often.

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First Book:  Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori

Rhyme: Fuzzy Blanket

I have a fuzzy blanket
To snuggle in at night
I wrap it all around me
And pull it warm and tight!

Rhyme from Sunflower Storytime

Felt Board:  I Once Had a Blanket

I once had a blanket.
It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was __________ (blue).
I once had a blanket,
The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (green).
I once had a blanket,
Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was _______ (yellow).
I once had a blanket,
At the foot of my bed.
I once had a blanket,
And its color was ________ (red).

Rhyme from Jen in the Library

Here’s a picture of the blankets I made (just a rectangle of felt with satin ribbon glued on the edges):

blankets

Close up:

blanketclose

Felt Board:

While I had the blankets up on the board we also played “Teddy bear, teddy bear, are you under there?”   I turned the board so the kids couldn’t see and hid a felt teddy bear under one of the blankets.  Then turned the board to show the kids and asked them to guess under which blanket teddy was hiding.  We chanted “teddy bear, teddy bear, are you under there?” while I pointed to the blanket we were going to look under.  The kids always love this game.

blanketbear

Second Book:  Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney

Felt Board:  Princess Marigold’s Blanket

I stole this awesome flannel board from Miss Mary Liberry.

Here’s the story that goes with it (I altered it a little to fit my felt board pieces) –

“The king and queen have a beautiful baby girl, whom they name Princess Marigold. They decide she must have a blanket as beautiful as she is. The king looks out the window at the sky and declares, “she must have a blanket as yellow as the sun in the sky.”  The queen also looks out and sees the bright clouds, and declares, “the blanket must be as white as the fluffy clouds floating by.” This continues…
As orange as the flowers in my garden, as green as the grass, as red as the apples in the trees,  as purple as the grapes on the vine, as brown as the earth from which they grow, and finally as pink as our baby’s cheeks.

The servants look everywhere for just such a blanket but can’t find one. They bring in tailors and weavers from all over the kingdom and each can create a blanket with one of the colors, but not all. Finally, an old woman comes forward and offers her faded quilt that she wrapped her children in as babies. She made it from scraps of yarn, blankets, a dress, apron, curtains, and ribbons.
The King and Queen state that they are honored to have it, as it is “as beautiful as our daughter but also as warm as a mother’s embrace and as light as a father’s kiss.” They wrap Princess Marigold in the blanket and they all live happily ever after.”

Here’s a picture with all the pieces on the board:marigoldfelt

Here’s a picture of the king and queen puppets (just like Miss Mary Liberry, I got these as a freebie from Muzzy):

kingqueen (i just placed them on the table as I told the story because I’m not coordinated enough to handle all the puppets and felt pieces at once)

Here’s the baby, Princess Marigold:

baby (this baby finger puppet came in a pack or finger puppets I got from IKEA)

Rhyme:  A is for Alligator  (not related to blankets but we need to get our wiggles out)

A is for Alligator  (make an “A” in sign language)
Chomp, Chomp, Chomp!  (make a chomping motion with your arms)

B is for Bouncy Ball  (Make a “B” in sign language)
Bounce, Bounce, Bounce!  (jump up and down)

C is for Circle  (make a “C” in sign language)
Spin around!  (spin in a circle)

D is for Dizzy (make a “D” in sign language)
Sit back down!  (point down to the ground and then sit)

Third Book:  Fly Blanky Fly by Anne Margaret Lewis

Song: (to the tune of the “Oscar Mayer Weiner” song)

“Oh I wish I was a fuzzy wuzzy blanket
That is what I’d truly like to be
Cause If I was a fuzzy wuzzy blanket
Everyone would snuggle up with me!”

(From the Perry Public Library)

Activity: Give the kids scarves (mini blankets!) and do the corresponding actions along with the following rhyme-

At breakfast time, oh me, oh my
Milk spilled on my blanket – oh me, oh my
Have to wash my blanket
And lay it out to dry

At lunch time, oh me, oh my
Peanut butter spilled on my blanket – oh me, oh my
Have to wash my blanket
And lay it out to dry

At snack time, oh me, oh my
Mustard spilled on my blanket – oh me, oh my
Have to wash my blanket
And lay it out to dry

At dinner time, oh me, oh my
Spaghetti spilled on my blanket – oh me, oh my
Have to wash my blanket
And lay it out to dry

At bedtime, oh me, oh my
Cookie crumbs fell on my blanket – oh me, oh my
Have to shake my blanket out
No time to wash or dry (shake head no)
I need my blanket (hug blanket)
It’s time for beddy bye (pretend to sleep)

(this idea came from the Storytime Source Page)

Crayons

Rhyme Cube: Click here for a description

Sign Language:  “Color” (“Crayon” was a little too difficult so I decided to teach them “color” which is very simple)

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First Book:  The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf

Felt Board:  I Have a Crayon

I have a crayon, I’ll give it to you.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of blue.

I have a crayon, a lovely little fellow.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of yellow.

I have a crayon, it’s here on my head.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of red.

I have a crayon, we can draw a circle.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of purple.

I have a crayon, what do I see?
Here is my crayon, an orange one for me.

I have a crayon, the best ever seen.
Here is my crayon, my crayon of green

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I placed the felt crayons on the board as I recited the rhyme.  I tried to let the kids guess the colors before I put the crayon on the board.  They were good at figuring out which color was next based on the rhyme.

(The rhyme came from Abby the Librarian)

Rhyme:  If You’re Wearing Red…

If you’re wearing red today, red today, red today
If you’re wearing red today, please stand up!

(continue with all the colors that the group is wearing.  And change the actions too – please clap your hands, please stomp your feet, wiggle your ears, please jump up and down, etc.)

(This rhyme came from Kings County Library System wiki)

Second Book:  Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

Activity:  Hold Your Crayon Up

For this activity I used our die-cut machine to cut crayons out of different colored paper.  I gave each kid three crayons (red, blue, and green) and asked them to place them on the floor in front of them.  I told the kids to listen carefully to the directions and follow along.  Here’s what I asked them to do:

“Put your Blue crayon in the air hold it high and leave it there.
Put your Blue crayon on your back
Now please lay it in your lap.
Hold your Blue crayon in your hand
Now everyone please stand.
Wave your Blue crayon at the door
Now please lay it on the floor.
Hold your Blue crayon and jump, jump, jump.
Hold your Blue crayon way, way up!”

Continue with the red and green crayons.

Paper crayons:

crayon paper Sorry for the blurry picture!

(Rhyme from Sunflower Storytime)

Third Book:  My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard

Felt Board:  Missing Crayon

Place the different colored felt crayons on the board (I like to do it in rainbow order) and have the kids name the colors as you point to them.  Next, turn the board around and remove one crayon.  Recite this rhyme:

“I know the colors in the crayon box.
Do you know them too?
If one color were missing,
Would you know the hue?”

Turn the board back around to show the kids and have them guess which one is missing.

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Which Book Did You Like Best?

Hold up each book one at a time and ask the kids to raise their hands for their favorite.  Then say “If you like all three books raise both hands and say ‘WOO! WOO! WOO!'” (wave your hands in the air like a lunatic)

Goodbye Song:

Tickle the clouds.
Tickle your toes.
Turn around and
Tickle your nose.
Reach down low.
Reach way up high.
Storytime is over,
So wave goodbye!

On the Move – Transportation

Rhyme Cube: click here for description

Sign Language:  Word of the day is “Train

First Book:  I Love Planes by Philemon SturgesI Love Planes! by Philemon Sturges (2003...

Felt Board:  Where Does it Go?

I stole this wonderful idea from RovingFiddlehead KidLit

I made a train track, a road, a lake, and some clouds out of felt and put them on the board.  Like this:

where-vehicles

I also made a train (engine, box car, and caboose), a bus, a bicycle, a sail boat, an airplane, and a hot air balloon.  I asked the kids to help me put the vehicles in the correct spot.  Of course I kept putting them in the wrong spots (the train engine in the sky, the boat on the train tracks, the bicycle in the lake…) and the kids had fun correcting me.where-vehicles2

Second Book:  Freight Train by Donald Crews

Felt Board: Green means “Go”

This activity came from Toddler Storytime

I made red, yellow, and green circles out of felt. I told the kids that when I put up the green one they need to run in place really fast (“go, go, go!”).  When I put up the yellow circle I told them to run in place very slowly (“slow, slow, slow).  And when I put up the red circle they should freeze (“stop!”).

redyellow green

I switched between the circles a few times so the kids could get all their wiggles out.

Third Book:  My Car by Byron Barton My Car

Song:  “Drive, Drive, Drive your Car”

(Tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Drive, drive, drive your car,
All around the town.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Up the hills and down.
Turn, turn, turn the key,
Make the engine roar. VROOOOM!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Let’s go to the store.
Press, press, press the pedal,
Give the engine gas.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Now we’re going fast.
Turn, turn, turn the wheel,
That is how we steer.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Make a turn right here.

Song found at Sunflower Storytime

iPad App:  Peekaboo Vehicles by Touch and Learn

peekaboo vehicles

This cute app is easy to use as a guessing game during storytime.  It shows an image of clouds and plays the sound of a specific vehicle (a train, a firetruck, a helicopter, ….).  When you tap on the clouds they disappear to reveal an animated image of the vehicle.  I held the iPad facing the kids and had them guess each vehicle by its sound.  I also gave them clues.  For example, with the airplane sound I told the kids: “this vehicle has great big wings and flies in the sky.”   Once they shouted out their guesses, I taped the iPad to reveal the vehicle.  Here’s a screenshot of the firetruck:

peekaboo fire truck

This activity was super simple and fun.

In the Jungle!

This week I did a jungle themed storytime mostly because I love the book Oh No! by Candace Fleming and I wanted to use it!

Rhyme Cube: click here for picture

Sign Language:  word of the day was “Monkey

Opening Rhyme:  Open them, shut them…

First Book:  Oh No! by Candace FlemingOh, No!

Rhyme:

“Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey at the zoo
Monkey, monkey in the tree
Can you ________ like me?”

(Fill in the blank with different actions for each verse: jump around, swing your arms,
scratch an itch, eat a banana, screech)

Rhyme from storytimekatie blog

iPad App:  Felt Board by Software Smoothie

I used the Felt Board app to create a slideshow of animals.  I held the iPad facing the kids.  Then recited the following rhyme as I went through the slide show.  After I swiped to the image of the animal I would let the kids shout out its name and its noise.

“I went to the jungle on day,
jungle one day, jungle one day.
Who did I see along the way? (swipe to the slide of the frog)
Frog! (let kids shout this part out)

I went to the jungle one day,
jungle one day, jungle one day.
I met a frog along the way
and this is what he did say –
Ribbit! (let kids shout this part out)”

(continue with monkey, crocodile, and parrot)

Here are screenshots of the app

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Next I recited the rhyme again but changed the words a little:

I went to the jungle one day,
jungle one day, jungle one day.
I met so many animals along the way! (swipe the screen to the last image)

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I asked the kids again to tell me what each animal says!

Second Book:  Do Crocs Kiss? by Salina YoonDo Crocs Kiss?

Felt Board:  Old MacDonald Had a Jungle

Old Mac Donald had a jungle.  EIEIO
And in that jungle he had a monkey.  EIEIO
With an EEEEEE here, and an EEEEE there,
Here and EEEEEE, there and EEEEEE,
Everywhere an EEEEE, EEEEE
Old Mack Donald had a jungle, EIEIO
(continue with snake and tiger)

had a jungle (sorry for the blurry picture!)

Rhyme: Little Monkey

A little monkey likes to do just the same as you and you:
When you stand up very tall, Monkey stands up very tall.
When you go to throw a ball, Monkey goes to throw a ball.
When you try to touch your toes, Monkey tries to touch his toes.
When you wrinkle up your nose, Monkey wrinkles up his nose.
When you jump up in the air, Monkey jumps up in the air.
When you sit back on the floor, Monkey sits back on the floor.

Third Book:  Two Little Monkeys by Mem FoxTwo Little Monkeys

Activity:  Jungle Box

I stole this wonderful idea from Abby the Librarian. I made a jungle box and a bunch of cards with jungle animals on them.  I passed out the cards to the kids and told them that we were going to take turns putting our animals in the jungle box.  I asked them to listen carefully until they hear their animal called and then they can come up and put it in the box.  I sang the following song:

“If you have a tiger, a tiger, a tiger,
If you have a tiger, please put him in the jungle”

(continue until all the animals are in the box)

Here are pictures of the box and the animal cards:

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