Family Storytime: Building

For this storytime I figured we’d try to keep in line with our Summer Reading theme of Build a Better World and focus on all things building and construction.

Here’s what we did:

I always start with just about the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Song – Tap Your Toes and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This is just a easy song with simple movements to get us warmed up.
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • Now that we are warmed up we get moving with this classic. Do it three times faster and faster each time.

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Summer. Read. Build.
    • I like to teach my my kids a few American Sign Language signs at the start of every storytime. This helps foster communication and with a large deaf community in our town it’s a great tool to have.
  • Movement Exercise – Cranes61dm42gzvul-_sx484_bo1204203200_
    • We pretended we moved like cranes; reaching up high and low and all around. You can find the words at: Jen in the library.
  • Story – Rex Wrecks It! By Ben Clanton
    • Kids can always relate to building things and then knocking them down. I love this one because you know what’s coming and so do the kids.
  • Song -Shake my Sillies Out
    • By this time we were ready to get our wiggles out so I played this classic and we shook out all the sillies.
  • Rhyme w/ Prop – Five Little Nails
    • I made my own version from Mel’s Desk. This was such an easy and awesome prop!
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  • Flannel Board – Construction Countdown by K.C. Olson
    • I actually created my own flannel board using the vehicles listed in the book. We counted 10 dump trucks, 9 cement mixers, etc. Counting is popular with this crew.
  • Game – Sleeping sleeping sleeping all the children were sleeping
    • This is a game my mom uses when she nannies. Basically, you put the kids to sleep:
      • Sleeping, sleeping all my friends were sleeping. And when they woke up they were… (name an animal to act out).
    • Don’t forget to turn them back to good boys and girls at the end!
  • Story – Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey 61tbwcfq1wl-_sy487_bo1204203200_Rinkey and Tom Lichtenheld
    • This is a longer one then I normally do but I cut down on how many vehicles we say goodnight to.
  • Movement w/ Scarves – Toss Your Scarves
    • Simple rhyme and lets us use our scarves more than once.
  • Song w/ Scarves – Let’s Go Fly A Kite (yes the Mary Poppins song 🙂
    • I pass out scarves and we pretend they are kites while we sing along.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • 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 – 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: This one started off really great. We got a little fussy toward the end so I barely read any of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and pretty much went straight to the scarf song. With a big crew like this it is good to have lots of songs and movements ready just in case we can’t sit still.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Birthdays

Hi Guys. My family storytime this week just happened to fall on my birthday, so I decided what better then to have a birthday theme storytime!

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – Hokey Pokey
    • Once we were warmed up we did a little hokey pokey to shake things up.

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Happy Birthday
    • I like to teach my my kids a few American Sign Language signs at the start of every storytime. This helps foster communication and with a large deaf community in our town it’s a great tool to have.
  • Flip Chart – Happy Birthday to You
    • This is sung to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star.

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Hope it’s great in every way. 

We are here to celebrate

Because we thing that you are GREAT!

Happy Birthday, it’s your day.

Hope it’s great in every way. 

  • Story w/ Props – It’s My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury
    • My colleague had this one all ready for me. She had all the ingredients, a paper oven and I pulled all of my puppet friends to help me bake the cake.
  • Song – Happy Birthday
    • This is a great dancing birthday song. My colleague gave it to me from a CD of hers but I have no idea what it actually is. It goes something like “Happy Birthday, hap happy birthday. It’s your birthday…”
  • Movement Exercise – Make a Wish

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Dish of ice cream (Make a cup out of your hands)

Ten candles (Wiggle your fingers)

Make a wish and blow them out! (Blow on each of your hands and make a fist to show the candles are out)

  • Flannel Board – Ten Little CandlesI used candles we already had made and got the words from here. I used the flannel instead of my fingers but it would have worked just as well.
  • Song -Shake my Sillies Out
    • By this time we were ready to get our wiggles out so I played this classic and we shook out all the sillies.
  • Story w/ Magnets – Wibbly Pig Opens His Presents by Inkpen
    • Another one from my colleague. She had magnets of all the presents ready and laminated wrapping paper to put over them. It was like a big reveal. I even used a “Wibbly” pig puppet.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Can’t Stop the Feeling! Trolls Soundtrack I passed out shakers and we danced our fanny’s off to this song. Not a normal storytime song BUT we loved it and so did the adults.81acafb99pl-_sx425_

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • 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 – 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: Now that we are reaching our summer months, we have to do our storytimes in a little bit smaller of a room. So we can get a little crowded with our 75-100+ people. I was totally prepared to put up a “we’re full” sign but fortunately, our crowd was about the top of what I could handle in this room.

Overall, it went really well. Everyone wished me a happy birthday and I even successfully used my puppets, which can be dicey depending on the day. I was super thankful to have my colleagues help with getting this one ready. We’ve been busy scheduling and doing summer reading visits that I kind of had to throw this one together at the last moment. But teamwork prevailed and we made it through!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Letters

For this storytime we focused on our letters! All things alphabet.

Here’s what we did:

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – Hokey Pokey
    • Once we were warmed up we did a little hokey pokey to shake things up.

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – A, B, C, D
    • I like to teach my my kids a few American Sign Language signs at the start of every storytime. This helps foster communication and with a large deaf community in our town it’s a great tool to have.
  • Sing Together – Alphabet Song
    • We’re focusing on letters so of course we had to sing the alphabet. We all sang and I signed the alphabet as we went.
  • Story – LMNO Peas by Keith Baker 51lztdfm2bsl-_sx456_bo1204203200_
    • This is a cute story about peas with different jobs that go with the alphabet.
  • Movement Rhyme – Alphabet Beat
    • This one worked out really well. I adapted it from Storytime Kate. Instead of going through the whole rhyme we used the motions to practice our letters and word associations. So we’d clap our hands and say: Apple, Apple, Apple and then we would stomp our feet and go: a, a, a.

First clap your hands.
Then stomp your feet.
Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a,
Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a,

Wave your arms high.
Swing your arms low.
Blue, Blue, Blue – b – b – b
Blue, Blue, Blue – b – b – b

Move to the left.
Move to the right.
Car, Car, Car – c – c – c
Car, Car, Car – c – c – c

Shout it out loud
Whisper down low.
Dog, Dog, Dog – d – d – d
Dog, Dog, Dog – d – d – d

  • Rhyme – BINGO
    • A class rhyme. We clapped out one letter after each verse until we were just clapping.
  • Story w/ Magnets – Alpha-Gatorbd09a7bc0e71282d4203ce722328d8d1_alligator-cartoon-clipart-1-clipart-alligator-cartoon_278-300
    • I got this one from Library Village. It’s really cute. I printed out a cartoon alligator and told the story using magnetic letters.
  • Song -Shake my Sillies Out
    • By this time we were ready to get our wiggles out so I played this classic and we shook out all the sillies.
  • Movement – Alphabet Flashcards
    • I can’t for the life of me find where I got these from but they are alphabet flashcards with different movements on them that go with the letters. F for fan your self. J for jump. I let the kids pick which cards we did.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Can’t Stop the Feeling! Trolls Soundtrack 81acafb99pl-_sx425_
    • I passed out shakers and we danced our fanny’s off to this song. Not a normal storytime song BUT we loved it and so did the adults.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • 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 – 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: This was a hugeeee storytime. At least a 120 people. That being said, it went really, really well. Lots of participation and it turned out to be a really good theme.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Numbers

For this family storytime we focused on all things numbers!

Here’s what we did:

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.number
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – SkidamarinkIt’s a classic, I know you all know it!

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Numbers 1-10
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language. This time I taught the kids how to sign the numbers 1 through 10. And quite a few adults and kids tried to do the signs throughout storytime!
  • 20170325_171827Joke – Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate (8) 9!
    • I couldn’t resist sneaking this little numbers joke in. The parents laughed and I laughed at myself.
  • Story – Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin61ofo4wiwnl-_sx387_bo1204203200_
    • This was such a good story! You can work on number identification, counting, subtracting and colors. It also has such a good moral: “Buttons come and buttons go. But do we cry? Goodness no!”
    • I am totally making a Pete the Cat puppet next time!
  • Song – The Ants Go Marching
    • I used Freegal to download a decently paced version of this song. We only let it play to 5 ants marching.
  • Flannel Board – Woosh Went the Wind
    • This was a flannel I made a while ago. Basically, the dandelions get blown away one by one.
  • Game – All the Children Were Sleeping61gm5ygvsvl-_sy404_bo1204203200_1
    • This is a game my mom taught me (she’s a nanny). You go “sleeping, sleeping all the children were sleeping. And when they woke up, they were ____.” Lions, tigers, bears. You get the kids to act out different movements and sounds. It’s a big hit for my kids. Remember to turn them back to boys and girls at the end.
  • Movement Exercise – 10 Little Bubbles
    • We do this one to the tune of “Ten Little Indians.” The kids all help me “pop” the bubbles at the end by clapping their hands.
  • Story w/ Flannel – Turtle Splash! by Catheryn Falwell20170318_172340
    • So for this one I created a flannel of the turtles on the log and then I got my puppets out to represent the different animals who scare the turtles away.
    • During storytime, I passed out my puppets to the kids and they had to run up to the flannel board and scare my turtles away.
  • Song w/ Shakers – Mr. Sun
    • Always a risk, but I passed out shakers and we shook our fanny’s off to the song.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • 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 – 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: This storytime started out really great but got a little boisterous once we got to Turtle Splash!. I think this group was just a little too big to pass out puppets. Once the puppets were out there, there was no getting them back and no focusing. It was worth a try but I think I’d only ask for volunteers in a smaller storytime, going forward. Other than that, not bad.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Imagination

For this family storytime we focused on using our imagination and creativity!

Here’s what we did:

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – Skidamarinkplay
    • It’s a classic, I know you all know it!

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Art, Dance, Play & Fun
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Story – Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
    • Everyone remembers exploring new worlds inside of a cardboard box and this is a fun one that does just that.
  • Rhyme w/ Movement – The Pirate Song51k2ybbosdl-_sy494_bo1204203200_
    • When I was one, I banged my drum.
      The day I went to sea.
      I jumped aboard a pirate ship, 
      And the captain said to me.
      We’re going, this way, that way,
      Forwards and backwards,
      Over the Irish Sea.
      A bottle of yum, to warm my tum,
      And that’s the life for me. When I was two,
      I buckled my shoe…..
      When I was three,
      I banged my knee….
      When I was four,
      I knocked on the door….
      When I was five,
      I learned to dive…..
  • Song w/ Movement – Spaghetti Legs by Raffi20170111_144223
    • We got our wiggles out by pretending our limbs were spaghetti.
  • Flannel Board – It Looked Like Spilt Milk
    • A classic flannel board for the kids.
  • Game – All the Children Were Sleeping
    • This is a game my mom taught me (she’s a nanny). You go “sleeping, sleeping all the children were sleeping. And when they woke up, they were ____.” Lions, tigers, bears. You get the kids to act out different movements and sounds. It’s a big hit for my kids. Remember to turn them back to boys and girls at the end
  • Movement Exercise – Can You Move With Me
    • Can you wiggle like a worm,
      Can you squiggle, can you squirm?
      Can you flutter, can you fly,
      Like a gentle butterfly?
      Can you crawl upon the ground
      Like a beetle that is round?
      Can you move with me?
       
      Can you flip? Can you flop? 
      Can you give a little hop?
      Can you slither like a snake?
      Can you give a little shake?
      Can you dance like a bee
      who is buzzing in a tree?
      Can you move with me? 61syrqojfnl-_sx425_bo1204203200_
  • Story – Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
    by Karen Beaumont

    • I passed out scarves and we pretended that our scarves were our paintbrushes and while I sang the story, the kids painted their arms, legs, heads…
  • Scarves w/ Song – Let’s Go Fly a Kite
    • Yes, the Mary Poppins song! A second chance to wave our scarves.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • 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 – 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: Overall this was a really fun storytime. We did a lot of singing and dancing and I had no voice by the end! Everything went really well but we did cut our pirate song short because we just couldn’t get the rhythm–need some more practice before we do that one again. Imagination is a really great theme!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime: Bundle Up!

Hi Guys,

This was my week to do Family Storytime. This is a storytime for all ages, so we try to incorporate rhymes and activities that would appeal to a wide range of kiddies. This week my theme was: Bundle Up!

Here’s what we did:

I always start with the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • Rhyme – Say Hello
    • love this rhyme. Everyone claps along and at the end we say hello how ever I tell them to. Loud, soft, quick, slow.
  • Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • We do this three times, faster and FASTER each time.
  • Song – Skidamarink
    • It’s a classic, I know you all know it!

From here we get into our theme.

  • ASL – Cold, Snow, Hat, Gloves, Coat.
    • The past few months I’ve been teaching my family storytimers some American Sign Language signs that go along with our storytime theme. This time I picked some easy cold weather signs. 815300Signing Savvy is one resource I use for this.
  • Story – Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
    • I cut out one of the rounds to shorten the story but if you really exaggerate the voices and sound effects it can be really fun!
  • Song w/ Movement – Teddy Bear Turn Around

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around.

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear reach up high.

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the sky.

Teddy bear, teddy bear reach down low.

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch your toes.

  • Flannel Board – The Three Little Kittens 20160917_175152
    • A classic flannel board for the kids.
  • Game – All the Children Were Sleeping (Hibernating<it is about that time)
    • This is a game my mom taught me (she’s a nanny). You go “sleeping, sleeping all the children were sleeping. And when they woke up, they were ____.” Lions, tigers, bears. You get the kids to act out different movements and sounds. It’s a big hit for my kids. Remember to turn them back to boys and girls at the end!
  • Movement Exercise – Mitten Finger Play
    • I can’t remember the original site I found this one from but the words and movements can’t be found here.
  • Story – Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin1924846
    • I had super ambitions to wear every layer in this book… and then reality took hold. So instead I pretended I was putting on and off all my layers.
  • Scarves – Toss Your Scarves by this time I really need to give my little, little ones something to do. So I pass out scarves and we wave them all around.

Toss your scarves, toss your scarves
Toss them way up high.
Toss your scarves up in the air,
‘til they reach the sky.

Wave your scarves, wave your scarves,
Twirl them ‘round and ‘round.
Twirl your scarves one more time,
Then let them, all fall down.

  • Scarves w/ Song – Let’s Go Fly a Kite
    • Yes, the Mary Poppins song! A second song for waving our scarves.

Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • 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 – 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: After such a small crowd for Lapsit earlier this week I did not expect to have over a hundred people in this storytime. It was quite the crowd. Everyone had a really good time and I only had one rouge baby, crawling past my super magical “do not cross” line. No tears and lots of participation. I was so proud of my signers who tried to incorporate the signs I taught them throughout storytime.

Overall, a successful if exhausting storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

 

Flannel Cars

Hi Guys,

My next family storytime is going to be all about transportation. I like to have at least one flannel board for this storytime, so I decided to make some cars.

I made a very basic car shape and standard car features. To make this flannel even more versatile, I used different colors and numbered my car. Now I can use these cars and several different ways.

You can do a couple different rhymes:

There are lots of cars driving down the street.

Tell me what color do you see?

Big cars, little cars

Beep, beep, beep.

There are lots of cars driving down the street!

You can do a spin off of 5 little monkeys with 5 fast race cars:

Five fast race cars speeding round the track.

The first car said, “I can’t look back!”

The second car said, “Oh, no! I’m out of gas!”

The third car said, “Beep! Beep! I’m fast!”

The fourth car said, “Vroom, vroom. I win!”

The fifth car said, “Vroom, vroom. I win!”

Then beep went a horn and flash went the lights.

And five fast race cars sped out of sight.

You can also work with counting cars and identifying colors.

This was a quick, easy flannel with lots of possibilities.

That’s all for now!

-M-