Bees! (bees?!?)

Rhyme Cube: Click here for description.

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.

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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

frogmonkeycrocparrot

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)

allanimals

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:

jungle boxinside jungle box