Family Storytime: FRIENDSHIP & FUN

Family Storytime: 4/20/19 – FRIENDSHIP & FUN

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
  • Hello Rhyme – Say Hello
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  • Stretch – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • I do this three times, faster and faster each time.
  • ASL – FRIEND / TOGETHER / HAPPY / MORE
  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together
    • For this one we used the signs we just learned to sing and sign the song.

The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

‘Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

  • Book/Puppets – Hedgehog Needs A Hug by Jen Betton 51gls-xrgxl._sx405_bo1204203200_
    • I don’t think I have the right puppets for this one but I hope I do because it is just so cute! I totally built this theme around this book. It’s a new one to the library and just so lovely.
  • Song – Skidamarink by Raffi
    • The perfect song for a friendship theme, with simple movements for the kids.
  • Rhyme – Will you be a friend of mine
    • This is a new one for me that I found online. We can also use the sign for friend that we learned earlier.

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… hop on one foot…) 

  • Game –  Sleeping, Sleeping…
    • The kids love this one and it’s one my mom taught me. Basically you put the kids to sleep and when they wake up, they pretend to be different animals. Put each animal to sleep and wake up as something else but don’t forget to put our animals to sleep and wake them up as nice boys and girls.

Sleeping, sleeping.
All my little friends were sleeping.
And when they woke up they were [insert animal here].

  • Rhyme – High Five Friends
    • Super proud of this one! Made it up on my own 🙂

One little friend has so much to do.
Add another little friend and then we get two.
Three little friends will get the job done.
But four little friends are much more fun!
Now with five little friends, what can we do?
A high five for me and a high five for you!
High five those around you

  • Book – A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom51Y+5X1RkKL._SX388_BO1,204,203,200_
    • I was going to do Will You Be My Friend? by Nancy Tafuri but it’s a smidgen long for a second book for my crowd. I’ve done splendid friend before but it’s short, fun and I can totally rock an annoying bird voice!
  • Rhyme – Two Little Black Birds
    • I am not sure why I thought this would go with the theme, but we’re doing it regardless.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Two little blackbirds sitting on a stick
One named slow, the other named quick
Fly away slow, fly away quick
Come back slow, come back quick

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named soft, the other named loud
Fly away soft, fly away loud
Come back soft, come back loud

  • Song/Shakers – Shake My Sillies Out
    • I am going to pass out shakers and we can literally shake our sillies out.
  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • Rhyme – Say Goodbye
    • This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
  • Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • Everyone helps put our shakers away
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go:

Lot of families travelling for Easter and Spring Break this week, so we had a nice crew of about 50, which is tiny for Family Storytime. I was able to maneuver the puppets and the book–always a struggle–and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun. I had to go around and give everyone high-fives with my high-five rhyme 🙂 All in all, a fun start to the Saturday!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Author: MarandaLee

Children's Librarian. Connoisseur of all things bookish.

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