Body and Senses Storytime

I’m trying a different format for the website. We will see how much I like it. This was my first storytime for our summer reading program. I did it specifically for our Picnic Storytime.

Introduction Tickle the Sun

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.

Book I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

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Flannel Mr. Potato Head

Template Source: Oopsey Daisy

Mr. Potato Head, What Do You Need?
by Shawn Wolf

Mr. Potato Head, how will you see?
I’ll give you some eyes so you can see me.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you smell?
I’ll give you a nose so you can smell well.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you taste?

I’ll give you a mouth so you can eat cake.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you hear?

I’ll give you some ears so you’ll know when I’m near.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you touch?

I’ll give you some hands so you can feel much.

Mr. Potato Head, your head looks so bare.

I’ll give you a hat with some crazy black hair.

Mr. Potato Head, how will you run?

I’ll give you some feet so you can have fun.

Source: Read, Rhyme & Sing

Book Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr.

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Stretch/Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big/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

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

Traditional Rhyme  Toast in the Toaster
Nursery Rhyme This Little Piggy
Action Rhyme All of Me by Jessica McDonald

My hands are for clapping (clap)
My arms can hug tight. (hug)
My fingers can snap (snap)
Or can turn out the light. (cover eyes)

My legs are for jumping (jumping)
My eyes help me see (make binoculars)
This is my body, (show outline of body)
And I love all of me. (hug self)

Action Rhyme Peal The Banana
Form banana, form form banana. (Arms in banana shape.)
Form banana, form form banana.
Peel banana, peel, peel banana. (One arm down.)
Peel banana, peel, peel banana. (Other arm down.)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas! (Jump up and go bananas.)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas!Form an orange, form, form an orange. (orange shape.)
Form an orange, form, form an orange.
Peel an orange, peel, peel an orange. (Lower one arm.)
Peel an orange, peel, peel an orange. (Lower other arm.)
Squeeze an orange, squeeze, squeeze an orange. (Squeeze your body)
Squeeze an orange, squeeze, squeeze an orange.

Form the apple, form, form the apple. (Lift arms above head.)
Form the apple, form, form the apple.
Slice the apple, slice, slice the apple. (Slicing movements.)
Slice the apple, slice, slice the apple. (Slicing movements.)
Eat the apple, eat, eat the apple. (Act like your eating)
Eat the apple, eat, eat the apple.

Form potato, form, form potato. (Form potato)
Form potato, form, form potato.
Peel potato, peel, peel potato. (Lower one arm.)
Peel potato, peel, peel potato. (Lower other arm.)
Mash potato, mash, mash potato. (Stomp, jump on floor)
Mash potato, mash, mash potato.

Form the corn, form, form the corn. (Lift arms above head)
Form the corn, form, form the corn.
Shuck the corn, shuck, shuck the corn. (Lower one arm.)
Shuck the corn, shuck, shuck the corn. (Lower other arm.)
Pop the corn, pop, Pop the corn. (clap hands)
Pop the corn, pop, Pop the corn.

Form banana, form form banana. (banana shape)
Form banana, form form banana.
Peel banana, peel, peel banana. (One arm down.)
Peel banana, peel, peel banana. (Other arm down.)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas! (Jump up and go bananas.)
Go bananas! Go, go bananas!

Dance Song Popcorn Barenaked Ladies
Dance Song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Traditional Song ABCs
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
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Ocean – Preschool

Opening Song

We Clap and Sing Hello

We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap and sing hello!

We wave and sing hello…
We stomp and sing hello…

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Books

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Please Don’t Eat Me! by Roger De Muth
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen
Barnacle is Bored by Jonathan Fenske

Flannel

Five Little Fishies

There were five little fishes
Swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark
You can’t catch me
Along comes Mr. Shark
As quiet as can be…
SNAP!
Four little fishes
Swimming in the sea

No More Fishies Swimming in the Sea

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Actions Rhymes

Once I Saw an Octopus
Once I saw an octopus in the deep blue see (put hands over eyes, as if searching)
I called, “Mr. Octopus, won’t you swim with me?” (hands around mouth to call)
Then out came his tentacles, so very long and straight. (link thumbs with fingers out, as if making a bird shadow puppet, but make more of a circle for the head)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (count eight fingers)
Credit: King County Library System

I’m a Little Octopus
Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish (swing arms back and forth)
Arm #2 helps me catch fish (wiggle hand back and forth)
Arm #3 pats my head (pat hand on head)
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed (put hand to mouth)
Arm #5 swims me to shore (move arms in swimming motion)
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor (touch hand to floor)
Arm #7 can grab and tug (open and close hands)
But all eight arms give me a hug! (cross arms and hug yourself)
Credit: Pubyac (Library listserv)

Critters in the Sea
Tune: The Wheels on the Bus

The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp!
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp!
All through the day!

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim…
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch…
The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…
The sea horse in the sea rocks back and forth…
The whale in the sea goes squirt, squirt, squirt…
The clam in the sea goes open and shut…
The crabs in the sea go click, click, click…
The jellyfish in the sea go bloop, bloop, bloop…
Source: Wisconsin’s Water Library

Bubble, Bubble, Pop
One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…POP!

Activity Songs by Joe Scruggs

Under the Sea by Disney’s Little Mermaid (used with scarves)
Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles

Take Home Craft

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Source: Desert Chica

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 10.

Closing Goodbye Song

We Clap Goodbye Like This

We clap goodbye like this,
We clap goodbye like this,
With our friends at storytime,
We clap goodbye like this.

We wave goodbye like this…
We stomp goodbye like this…

Observations

The kids enjoyed this storytime and got a kick out of my puppet. I named him Fred. Initially, I was not going to walk around with him, but the kids really wanted to touch his teeth.

Buttons – Toddler

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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We’ve All Got Bellybuttons!by David Martin
Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Mo Willems

Traditional Rhymes

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, Clap Your hands

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

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

Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery, dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air.
The man in brown
Soon brought him down!
Dickery, dickery, dare.

Finger Rhyme

Five Little Buttons

Five Little Buttons on my shirt
One popped off and rolled away….

Four Little Buttons on my shirt
One popped off and rolled away…

Three Little Buttons on my shirt…
One popped off and rolled away

Two Little Buttons on my shirt…
One popped off and rolled away

One little button on my shirt..
It popped off and rolled away

No more buttons on my shirt!
Oh no I need another shirt!
Source: My own creation.

Themed Rhymes

Big Button

One Push
Two Pushes
Three pushes
Jump!
Source: My own creation.

Where, Oh Where are Baby’s Fingers

Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? (touch fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes? (touch toes)
Where, oh where, is baby’s belly button? (tap belly button)
‘Round and round it goes (make circle around belly)

Where, oh where are baby’s ears? (touch ears)
Where, oh where is baby’s nose? (touch nose)
Where, oh where, is baby’s belly button? (tap belly button)
Round and round it goes. (make a circle around belly)
Source: King County Library System

Where is Button

Where is button, (hid the stick behind my back)
Where is button,
Here it is! (revealed the button)
Here it is!
Put on my belly (put it on the belly)
Put on my belly
Belly Button
Belly Button
Source: My own creation.

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Activity Songs

Belly Button by Joe Scruggs
Belly Button by Ralph’s World

Take Home Craft

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Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 15.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

I had to create a lot of the rhymes. There were not a lot of button rhymes.

Friends – Preschool

Opening Song

Clap Everybody and Say Hello!

Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
Clap everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
Stomp everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
Jump everybody and say hello!
No matter what the weather!

Books

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We Forgot Brock! by Carter Goodrich
The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat
Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman

Fingerplay

Where Is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am!
Here I am!

How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.
Run away.

Where is Pointer?
Where is Middleman?
Where is Ringman?
Where is Pinkie?

Themed Rhymes

If You’re a Friend and You Know It

If you’re a friend and you know it clap your hands.
If you’re a friend and you know it clap your hands.
If you’re a friend and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a friend and you know it clap your hands.

Friend of Mine 
Tune:”Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine and [insert action word]
around with me?
jump…
bow…
clap…
dance…
Source: Johnson County Library

Two Little Friends

Two little friends are better than one,
(hold up two fingers on right hand, one on left)
And three are better than two.(three on left and two on right)
And four are much better still. (four on right hand)
Just think!
What four little friends can do!
Source: 35 Storytimes Kids Love by Diane Briggs, Thomas Briggs

Look at the Apple I have Found

Look at the apple I have found        (circle hands)
So round and rosy on the ground.
We will wash it and cut in two      (perform actions)
Half for me and half for you.        (hold out hands)
Source: Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Love by Diane Briggs, Thomas Briggs

Activity Songs

Milkshake Song by Songs for Wiggleworms
She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain by Songs for Wiggleworms

Take Home Craft

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Beekle from The Adventures of Beekle! I took my inspiration from a marshmallow version.

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song. We are learning it in sign language.
Counting to 20.

Closing Goodbye Song

See you later, alligator

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (Point straight ahead)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)

Observations

My preschoolers sat really well for this storytime. Like my toddlers, the milkshake song was a hit. They also love learning sign language. I had one girl proudly show me what she learned last week.

Friends – Toddlers

Opening Song

Well Hello Everybody, Can You Touch Your Nose

Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
Touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose,
touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes,
touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody, can you touch your toes,
touch your toes?

Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy, rub your tummy?
Well hello everybody, can you rub your tummy,
rub your tummy?

Books

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Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry
The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan

Fingerplay

Where Is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am!
Here I am!

How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.
Run away.

Where is Pointer?
Where is Middleman?
Where is Ringman?
Where is Pinkie

Traditional Rhymes

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, Clap Your hands

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

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

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
and dried up all the rain
and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Themed Rhymes

If You Want to Make a Friend
Tune:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”

If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.
If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.
If you want a friend that’s new, then say, “How do you do?”
If you want to make a friend, shake a hand.
Source: Preschool Express

Activity Songs

Milkshake Song by Songs for Wiggleworms
She’ll be Coming ‘Round the Mountain by Songs for Wiggleworms

Take Home Craft

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Beekle from The Adventures of Beekle! I took my inspiration from a marshmallow version.

Closing Activities

The Alphabet Song
Counting to 10.

Closing Goodbye Song

The Goodbye Train is Leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot.
Oh the goodbye train is leaving, the goodbye train is leaving
Oh the goodbye train is leaving see you soon, toot, toot

Observations

Super fun storytime. The kids LOVED Bunnies!!! They were soon yelling BUNNIES with me. Milkshake song was also a hit. I had quite a few parents asking me what CD I had used.

Waddlers–Bounces

Opening Song

“Let’s All Clap”

Let’s all clap cause _____ is here,
____ is here, _____ is here
Let’s all clap cause _____ is here.
____ is here today!
(insert child’s name)

Rhymes

Muffin Man

Oh, do you know the Muffin Man,
The Muffin Man, the Muffin Man?
Oh, do you know the Muffin Man,
Who lives on Drury Lane?

Oh, yes, I know the Muffin Man,
The Muffin Man, the Muffin Man.
Oh, yes, I know the Muffin Man,
He lives on Drury Lane.

A-Bouncing We Will Go

A-bouncing we will go,
A-bouncing we will go,
Hi-ho the derry-o,
A-bouncing we will go.

A-tickling we will go…
A-kissing we will go…
Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker

Bouncing Song

Bounce and bounce and bounce and stop.
Bounce and bounce and bounce and stop.
Bounce and bounce and bounce and stop.
Now bounce that baby right to the top! (lift baby up)

Repeat slowly and then quickly.
Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker

Book

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You’re Tutu Cute! by Sandra Magsamen

Sensory Time

Painting! I discovered this awesome project for babies on Read, Sing, Play blog. I simply took a sandwich bag, a small cardboard paper, three dollops of paint (red, blue, and white), and duct tape to create mini projects for each baby. Each baby was able to mash their own creations

Here are just a few of their creations!

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Fun Rhyme With Fact

This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy Went to the Market. (shake one arm)
This Little Piggy Stayed Home. (shake the other arm)
This little Piggy had roast beef. (shake one leg)
And this little piggy had none. (shake the other leg)
And this little Piggy ran wee, wee, wee, (tickle belly)
All the way home.

Fact:This helps babies start to develop body awareness.
Source:Baby Rhyming TIme by Linda L. Ernest

Itsy-Bitsy Spider

The itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
(baby on tummy, walk/tickle up baby’s back)

Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
(slide fingers down baby’s back from head to toes)

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
(rub baby’s back)

And the itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.
(baby on tummy, walk/tickle fingers up baby’s back)

Book Bounding

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Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

This is essentially my closing of storytime. I read the story and the parents/guardians give their babies the designated number of kisses.

Playtime

Observations

I really enjoyed this session. It was fun to notice when the babies liked a certain rhyme, and the parents are always wonderful in giving feedback. When I told a mom that we were doing the Itsy-Bitsy Spider again, she squealed with excitement. I got to witness firsthand how much her baby loves this tickle rhyme.

Waddlers–Fall

Opening Song

“Let’s All Clap”

Let’s all clap cause _____ is here,
____ is here, _____ is here
Let’s all clap cause _____ is here.
____ is here today!
(insert child’s name)

Rhymes

Little Leaves

Little leaves fall gently down.
Gently down, gently down.
Whirling, whirling, round and round,
Down, down, down.
Source: Babies in the Library! by Jane Marino

Baby Corn

I went to the picnic and what did I see?
A little ear of corn smiling at me!
I slathered  it with butter(rub hands over baby’s tummy)
And rubbed my tum, (rub own tummy)
Sprinkled it with salt and pepper on, (mime sprinkling salt and pepper on baby)
Then yum, yum, yum! (pretend to eat baby’s tummy)
Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker

Book

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My Pumpkin by Victoria Karr

Sensory Time

Where’s the scarf. I placed several scarfs in the cardboard tubes. Parents/guardians then would pull the scarf through the tubes.

Source: Gymboree Baby Play

Fun Rhyme With Fact

Pumpkin Bounce

Here’s a little pumpkin bouncing on the vine (bounce baby gently)
Roll it left (sway to one side)
And roll it right (sway to the other side).
And bounce it down the line. (bounce)

Repeat with larger movements
Here’s a medium pumpkin bouncing on the vine….
Here’s a great big pumpkin bouncing on a  vine….

Fact:Having your voice and movements reflect the different sizes in the rhyme helps babies begin to understand different concepts.

Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker

Book Bounding

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Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

This is essentially my closing of storytime. I read the story and the parents/guardians give their babies the designated number of kisses.

Playtime

Observations

This was fun session even if the weather was crappy. The bounce rhymes went really well. However, the real winner was the cardboard tubes. The parents/guardians played with them for a good solid fives minutes and some even started to improvise their games with the scarfs. Don’t expect to get the tubes back, as many babies ended up putting them in their mouths.

Walkers–October 2014

Opening Song

Hello Song
Tune: London Bridge

Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you? How are you?
Hi, hello and how are you?
How are you today?

Action Rhymes

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Clap, clap, clap your hands.
Clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see.
Clap them now with me.

Additional Verses:
Tap,tap, tap your knees.
Shake, shake, shake your feet.
Touch, touch, touch your shoulders.

Patty-Cake
Patty-cake, patty-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a “B,”
And put it in the oven for baby and men!

Doing the Chocolate Shake
Tune: Hokey Pokey

You squat right down (squat)
Up you stand (stand up)
Stamp your feet (stamp feet)
Shake your hands (shake hands)
Wiggle all over (wiggle)
And mix it real well (roll hands)
Doing the Chocolate Shake! (clap hands)
Yum! (reach up high)

Book

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Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

Flannel Board

Five little cookies, with frosting galore.
Mother ate the pink one, then there were four.

Four little cookies, two and two, you see,
Father ate the green one, then there were three.

Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Sister ate the blue one, then there were two.

Two little cookies, oh, what fun!
Brother ate the orange orange one, then there was one.

One little cookie, watch me run!
I ate the red one, then there none!

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Song

The Muffin Man Dance with Carole Peterson

Activity Cd

Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles

Closing Rhyme 

This is big, big, big (hold arms out to the side)
This is small, small, small. (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short. (hold hands with palms facing together)
This is tall, tall, tall. (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast, fast, fast. (circle fists quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow. (circle fists slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes. (nods head)
This is no, no, no. (shake head).

Closing Song

Good-bye Song
Tune: London Bridge

Good-bye, good-bye,
We’ll see you soon,
See you soon, see you soon.
Good-bye, good-bye
We’ll see you soon,
On another day.
How are you today?

Observations

I substituted for my co-worker for her walkers’ program, as she got hitched this past weekend. She gave me a full program of different songs and activities, and I just picked which things I wanted to do.

The flannel board was my favorite part. As I read each line, I acted like I was eating the cookie.

Bubbles

Opening Song

“Let’s All Clap”

Let’s all clap cause _____ is here,
____ is here, _____ is here
Let’s all clap cause _____ is here.
____ is here today!
(insert child’s name)

 

Traditional Rhyme

“Acka backa”

Acka backa soda cracker, acka back boo!
Aacka backa soda cracker, I love you (Hug Child)
Aacka backa soda cracker, acka back boo!
Aacka backa soda cracker, up goes you!
Aacka backa soda cracker, acka back boo!
Ackka backa soda cracker, I love you! (hug child)

 

Book

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Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt

 

Flannel Board

“Bubbles in My Bath”

One little bubble floating in my bath
One little bubble floating in my bath.
And if one more bubble should come to play like that .
There’ll be two more bubble floating my bath.

Two little bubbles..
Three little bubbles…
Four little bubbles…
Five little bubbles…

And then …the bubbles pop! (clap five times, removing a bubble each time)
No more bubbles!
Source: Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker

Sensory Time

Parents blew bubbles for their babies.

 

Fun Rhyme With Fact

“Bubbles”

Bubbles falling all around
Bubbles falling to the ground.
On your head, on your ear,
On your tummy, on your rear.
Bubbles falling on your toes.
Bubbles falling on your nose!

Fact: Singing songs and rhymes about body parts help children to start identifying their own body parts.

Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker

 

Book Bounding

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Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

This is essentially my closing of storytime. I read the story and the parents/guardians give their babies the designated number of kisses.

 

Playtime

 

Observations

Unfortunately, I was unable to do this storytime. I came down with bronchitis and my co-worker took over this session for me.

She did mention that the flannel did not work the best in this setting. I thought it was worth a try. However, she is willing to give it a try in the walkers program to see if it gets a better response.

Zoo–Toddler

Opening Song

If You Want to Hear a Story
Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!

Props

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I put several different animals into these two boxes. I then pulled each animal out of the box and we talked about what noises they made.

Books

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Peek-A-Zoo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Zoo Animals by Pop and Play

Action Rhymes

Let’s Hear You Roar Like a Lion

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog.
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile.
Let’s hear you woof like a dog.
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, long trunk.
Pretend you’re a monkey; let’s see you jump, jump, jump.
And now you’re a mouse. Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be.
Source:So Tomorrow

Elephant

An elephant goes like this and that,
He’s terribly big,
And he’s terribly fat,
And he has no toes,
But goodness gracious, what a nose!
Source:Storytime Source Page

The Elephant Hokey Pokey

You put your elephant ears in.
You put your elephant ears out.
You put your elephant ears in,
And you shake them all about.
You do the elephant pokey,
and you stomp yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

…elephant trunk…
…elephant foot…
…whole self…
source:Falling Flannelboards

I Know a Giraffe

I know a giraffe
With a neck that’s so high
She stretches and stretches it
Up to the sky (stretch head high or raise arms above head)
She lives on the plains
With her family, too
But you might see her
When you visit the zoo.(Point to others)
Source: Preschool Education

Flannel Board

Five Elephants in a Bathtub

One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock, (Clap twice)
Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice)
Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in.)
Two elephants elephants in the bathtub… etc.
(Until…)
Five elephants elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!
Source: Storytime Katie

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Take Home Craft

photo 4
Source: First Palette

Closing Dance Song

See Ya Later Alligator by Laura Doherty

Closing Goodbye Song

We Wave Goodbye Like This
Tune: “Farmer in the Dell”

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Observations

I do not believe you can go wrong with a zoo storytime. The kids really enjoyed themselves, and I even had two of them try to break into my preschool storytime! One had to be carried out by his mother because he refused to leave.

This is also a great storytime to introduce younger children to new animals. I had one mom tell me that her daughter wanted books about bears and pandas after we talked a little bit about each one.

The books were very age-appropriate for this session. We all guessed the animals in Peek-a-Zoo and the kids demanded to count the teeth and bugs in Zoo Animals.

The flannel board was very fun. By the second elephant, the parents were helping me sing the tune. They were all surprised when I knocked down the elephants.

My only advice for this storytime is to have water! I got very thirsty and had trouble saying some of the action rhymes by the end.