Rhyming to Read: Purple Cow and Rock-a-Bye Baby

Purple Cow (Color Mixing)

Introduction of Rhyme Purple Cow
I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.
Sing Rhyme We repeated the rhyme several times.
Color Mixes I never saw a Red Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.IMG_3297[1]

 

 

 

 

I never saw a Blue Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.

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I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.

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Color Experiment To have a little fun with we did a science experiment. I unfortunately did not get any pictures, but the kids enjoyed mixing the colors and seeing the reaction.

source: Hands On As We Grow

Craft IMG_3302[1]

Source: Apples & abcs

I just turned my craft into a purple cow.

Rock-a-Bye Baby

Introduction of Rhyme Rock-A-Bye Baby
Traditional Rhyme We repeated the rhyme several times.
Call Response Rock-a-Bye Baby
Rock-a-bye baby
On the treetop
When the wind blows
The cradle will rock
When the bough breaks
The cradle will fall
And down will come baby
Cradle and allI would say one line and the crowd would say the next line. After we went though it once, we switched who said what line.I mentioned this is a great way to teach memory tactics.

Action Rhyme  Rock-a-Bye Baby
Rock-a-bye baby (rock back and forth)
On the treetop
When the wind blows (act like the wind)
The cradle will rock (rock back and forth)
When the bough breaks (start squatting)
The cradle will fall (fall to the ground)
And down will come baby
Cradle and all
Craft IMG_3301[1]

Source: Danielle’s Place

I took my inspiration from one of her ideas, but I put my own spin on it. I liked that the kids would be able to “rock” their baby with this craft.

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Pajama Rama – In the Woods

Introduction Tickle the Moon

Tickle the Moon
Tickle your toes.
Clap your hands
And tickle your nose.
Reach up high.
Reach down low.
Turn around,
And say hello!Source: Storytime Katie has a closing version she found on pinterest. I wanted an opening song, so my coworker reworked it to make an opening song.

Warm-up Rhyme Lumberjack, Lumberjack

Lumberjack, Lumberjack turn around.

Lumberjack, Lumberjack touch the ground.

Lumberjack, Lumberjack grow a beard. (pat face)

Lumberjack, Lumberjack show no fear. (show muscles)

Lumber, Lumberjack eat some snacks. (mimic eating)

Lumberjack, Lumberjack swing your ax (swinging motion)

Lumberjack, lumberjack yell Timber (yell Timber)

Lumberjack, lumberjack here comes winter! (mimic snowflake)

Source: My creation

Book  Bruce’s Big Move

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Flannel Squirrel
Book  Book-O-Beards

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Activity with puppets There’s something in the woods, that I can’t really see.

There’s something in the woods, that I can’t really see.
(hands around eyes like binoculars)
There’s something in the woods. Now what can it be?
(hold up hands, shrug shoulders in question)Repeat above rhyme before giving each clue….

I’m an animal who’s big, brown and furry and who “Roars” (bear).
I’m an animal who’s who has long ears and goes “Hop, hop, hop” (rabbit).
I’m an animal who says ‘whoo, whoo’ at night (Owl).
I’m an animal who’s red, furry, has a big bushy tail and likes to eat chicken (Fox)
I’m an animal who’s small, has a big, bushy tail and loves to eat nuts (Squirrel).
I’m an animal who’s tiny and makes very quiet “squeaks” (Mouse).

Source: Singin in the Stacks

Nursery Rhyme with Action Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The Moose ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The Moose crashed down!
Hickory Dickory Dock

Source: What Happens In Storytime

Action Rhyme If You’re a Fox and You Know It

If You’re a Fox and You Know It…
If you’re a fox and you know it
Swish your tail.
If you’re a fox and you know it
Swish your tail.
If you’re a fox and you know, then you’ll really want to show it
If you’re a fox and you know it
Swish your tail.
…wiggle your nose…
…show your claws…

If you’re a moose and you know it… stomp your hoofs.

If you’re a grizzly bear and you know growl really loud

http://libraryvillage.blogspot.com/2013/11/toddler-story-time-what-does-fox-say.html

Dance Song This is the Way the Woods Wake Up/ She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain
Dance Song Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Songs for Wiggle Worms
Dance Song You Are My Sunshine
Cool Down Song ABCs
Goodbye Song  Tickle the Clouds

Tickle the clouds
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!
Source: Storytime Katie

Craft: We actually do crafts after the storytime unlike our other storytimes. This craft was super awesome (easy clean-up) and hit with my patrons.

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Source: Door 2 Door Librarian

Little STEAMers: Winter

Storytime Portion

Opening Song Tickle the Sun
Tickle your toes.
Clap your hands
And tickle your nose.
Reach up high.
Reach down low.
Turn around,
And say hello!Source: Storytime Katie has a closing version she found on pinterest. I wanted an opening song, so my coworker reworked it to make an opening song.
What is Winter? What Do we need for winter? I found simple Clipart pictures for discussion. My pictures included:

Snow, a person imitating cold, mittens, coat, and a hat with mittens.

Rhyme It Is Winter
Tune: Are You Sleeping?”It is winter,
It is winter,
Oh, so cold!
Oh, so cold!
Icy, snowy weather,
Long nights and short days,
Winter’s here!
Winter’s here!
Book Supertruck by Stephen Savage

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Flannel Where is Snowball

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I hid the two snowballs and had the kids guess which mitten the snowball was under. If they found the yellow snowball, we talked about why you don’t eat yellow snow.

Rhyme Jack Frost

Where did you get that little red nose?
Jack Frost kissed it I suppose.
He kissed it once.
He kissed it twice.
Poor little nose it’s as cold as ice!

Book  Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant

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Action Song We’re Marching in the Snow
Action Song I’m a Little Snowman
Goodbye Song Tickle the Clouds
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!
Source: Storytime Katie

Activity Portion

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Source: A Little Pinch of Perfect

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Source:I Can Teach My Child

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I marked out 9 ft on a piece of duct tape. The kids had the option of either laying down and their grown up laying mittens next to them, or they could jump and see how many mittens it would take to measure the distance.

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The kids would take a handful of buttons and work on matching the number of buttons to the number on a mitten.

Source: Play to Learn Playschool