American Girl: Nanea (October 2017)

American Girl Nanea was a super simple program but so fun to do!

I did my typical opening. I talked about where Nanea lived (Hawaii) and two popular items in Hawaiian culture. The first one was Mochiko. I talked about the cake’s origins and bit about how it is made. I then had everyone split into two groups, as we were going to make our own Mochiko.

I had everything laid out on the tables.

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Then every child helped with making the cake.

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This was the most time-consuming portion. This ate up almost the entire first hour. After I had everyone’s pans, I was able to put them in the oven.

While we waited for the mochiko to bake, we made leis. I talked about the history and etiquette of the lei. I then guided the kids into making their own lei. This were the instructions I used.

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By the time everyone was done with their leis, our cake was ready!

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Family Pajama Rama: Mice

 

Introduction Come Along
Come along and sing with me,
Sing with me, sing with me
Come along and sing with me
It’s time for storytime!Come along and bounce with me….
Come along and sit with me….
Come along and clap with me….
Come along and stretch with me….
Come along and sing with me….Source: My coworker provided the rhyme for this storytime. Unknown original source.
Big Book The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

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Nursery Rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock, (crouch down)
The mouse ran up the clock. (jump up)
The clock struck one, (clap hands above head)
The mouse ran down! (crouch down)
Hickory Dickory Dock.
Book Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo and Flo

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Stretch/Rhyme: This is Big Big Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no
Source: Mel’s Desk

Clap Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them now with me
Clap your hands, let me see
Clap your hands with me

Additional Verses
Beep, beep, beep your nose
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders
Tap, tap, tap your knees
Shake, shake, shake your feet

Traditional Rhyme Where are the baby mice?
Where are the baby mice?    (make a fist, hide behind back)
“Squeak, squeak, squeak!”
I cannot see them,
Peek, peek, peek, (act like your looking)
Here they come out of their hole in the wall.    (show fist and extend it)
One, two, three, four, five,    (show one finger at a time)
That’s all!Source: The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems,Fingerplay and Chants
Action Song Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly (walk slowly or walk fingers/pump legs)
Creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Up the wooden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly (walk fast or fingers fast/pump legs)
Runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Round about the house.Source: The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems,Fingerplay and Chants
Action Rhyme Little Mouse
Walk little mouse, walk little mouse (tiptoe around)
Hide little mouse, hide little mouse (cover eyes with hands)
Here comes the cat! (look around)
Run little mouse, run little mouse!Source: The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems,Fingerplay and Chants
Dance Song Walking, Walking
Dance Song  I forgot what song I used. 😦
Traditional Song ABC
Goodbye Song This is the Way We Say Goodbye
This is the way our hands say goodbye
With a clap, clap-clap
Clap, clap-clap
This is the way our hands say good-bye
With a clap, clap-clap, clap-clap
This is the way our knees say goodbye
With a tap, tap-tap
Tap, tap-tap
This is the way our knees say goodbye
With a tap, tap-tap, tap-tap
This is the way we wave goodbye
Wave goodbye, wave goodbye
This is the way we wave goodbye
Goodbye until next time

Source: My coworker provided the rhyme for this storytime. Unknown original source.

Craft: Unfortunately, I cannot remember for the life of me if I found this craft online or made it up. I scoured the internet, so I think it might have been my own creation.

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Rhyming to Read: Little Bo Peep and I Asked My Mother

Little Bo Peep

Introduction of Rhyme Little Bo Peep
Little Bo peep has lost her sheep
And doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they’ll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.
Acton Rhyme Little Sheep
Little sheep, little sheep, turn around.
Little sheep, little sheep, graze on the ground.
Little sheep, little sheep, frolic on your toes.
Little sheep, little sheep, wiggle your nose.
Little sheep, little sheep, fluff your wool.
Little sheep, little sheep, jump to keep cool.
Little sheep, little sheep, scratch your feet.
Little sheep, little sheep, find your seat.Source: Artsy Toddler
Book Where is Green Sheep?

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Flannel Matching Tails to Sheep
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Finger Rhyme 5 Fluffy Sheep
5 fluffy sheep skating on the floor, one fell down and that left 4.4 fluffy sheep drinking cold tea, one got a tummy ache and that left 3.

3 fluffy sheep wondering what to do, one got bored and that left 2.

2 fluffy sheep laying in the sun, one fell asleep and that left 1.

1 fluffy sheep sitting all alone, he didn’t know what to do so he went home!

Source: Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

Action Rhyme Newborn Lamb
Tune: I’m A Little TeapotI’m a baby lamb just born today
I want to run around and play
I am very hungry – I must eat
So I’ll grow up big like my daddy sheep.

– repeat, substituting “mommy sheep”

Source:King County Library System

I Asked My Mother

Introduction of Rhyme I Asked My Mother…
I asked my mother
For fifteen cents.
To see the elephant
Jump the fence.He jumped so high
That he touched the sky
And never came back
Til the Fourth of July.
Rhyme I asked my mother
I asked my mother for fifty cents, (put hand out with palm up)
To see the elephant jump the fence, (cup eyes and start to crouch)
He Jumped so high, (jump up)
He reached the sky, (keep jumping)
And didn’t come back till the Fourth of the July. ( wave goodbye)I assigned the actions to the rhyme.
Magnet Board Recognize Money
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Action Colonel Hathi’s March

We had the kids march around the room.

Goodbye Song

Crafts:

Lamb Tails: We made sure the strings were long enough for the kids to tie them around their waists.

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Wrap the lamb: We received our inspiration from Verona Storytime. Our craft did kind of look like a mummy. This is a great tactical craft!

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Elephant: Our last take-home craft was a Popsicle elephant that went to our last rhyme.

 

 

Mo Willems Storytime

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.
Book The Duckling Gets a Cookie

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Magnet Board Where is Pigeon?
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Book Big Frog Can’t Fit In

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Rhyme One Little, Two Little, Three Little….
One little, two little, three little frogs
Four little, five little, six little frogs
Seven little, eight little, nine little frogs
Ten little frogs go leap, leap, leap!
Book That is Not a Good Idea

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Rhyme Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs,
That makes ten. (hold up two hands)
Sitting on top is the Mother Hen. (fold one hand over the other)
Crackle, crackle, crackle;(clap three times)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens, (hold up ten fingers)
As yellow as can be.
Action Rhyme If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears
If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears
If you’re an elephant and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears!

If you’re a pig and you know it, say oink, oink
If you’re a pig and you know it, oink, oink
If you’re a pig and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re a pig and you know it, oink, oink!

If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.

Source: I did a similar rhyme for my Elephant and Piggie storytime. However, I just added the pigeon line with the help of my colleague and a volunteer.

Book There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
P-I-G-G-I-E
P-I-G-G-I-E
P-I-G-G-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-I-G-G-I-E
(clap)-I-G-G-I-E
(clap)-I-G-G-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-G-G-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-G-G-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-G-G-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.

There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-G-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.

There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-I-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-I-E
And Piggie was her name-o.

There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-(clap)-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-(clap)-E
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)- (clap)-(clap)-E
And Piggie was her name-o

There was an elephant who had a friend
and Piggie was her name-o
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
And Piggie was her name-o

Source: My colleague and I worked on this one together. It can be kind of awkward as there is an extra letter than the original BINGO song. My recommendation is to put the G-G close together while clapping. It does work with some practice.

Dance Song We Are the Dinosaurs

In honor of Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.

Dance Song Monster Spray

In honor of Leonardo, the Terrible Monster 

Traditional Song Skinarmarink

In honor of Piggie and Elephant’s love for one another.

Goodbye Song Tickle the Stars
Tickle the Stars
Tickle your toes
Turn around
And tickle your nose
Reach down low
Reach up high
Storytime’s over
So wave goodbye!Source:My own modification

Additional Activities

I provided food in honor of Mo Willems’ birthday!