Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Baby Storytime for July and August--Colors!

Most of the Fridays in July...and into August...(four weeks) we focused Baby Storytime around Colors!


*Clap Your Hands
(tune: Wheels on the Bus)
Take your little hands and go clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Take your little hands and go clap, clap, clap
Give a little clap!
Additional Verses:

*Hello (tune: Good Night Ladies)
Hello __________
Hello __________
Hello __________
We're glad you're here today!

*Little Bear
*When Cows get up in the Morning
puppets included cow, duck, frog, mouse, dog, cat, monkey, lamb, pig, bunny (I usually do 5)
*Tiny Little Babies

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Trot, Trot to Boston
I'm a Little Teapot
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Humpty Dumpty
Jack Be Nimble
Hickory Dickory Dock


*used every week

Flannel Board

Color Butterflies

The 1st to come to the garden bed
Was a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED

Then in comes another and that make two
Fly right in, my friend of BLUE

The garden is fine, the best I’ve seen
Said the butterfly of springtime GREEN

The garden needs a sunshiny fellow,
So fly right in if your wings are YELLOW

This is all perfect I really do think
If only you’d join, butterfly of PINK

Little friend of PURPLE, take a place too,
This garden is a perfect spot for a color like you.

ORANGE, orange, you’ve waited so long
Fly right in here you belong.

Butterflies, butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together in summer delight!

Read Aloud Books
Baby Bear Sees Blue
by Ashly Wolff

Cleo's Color Book
by Caroline Mockford

by Denise Fleming

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

Shared Reading

A variety of board books about colors including...

Maisy's First colors
by Lucy Cousins

Color Our World
by Elle D. Risco; illustrated by Nancy Kubo

Follow the Yarn:  A Book of Colors
by Emily Sper

Rainbow: A Book of Colors
by Jane Cabrera

Play and Learn

Color Boxes
(Colorful) Button Bottle
Stacking Cups

Sun and Moon Storytime--Baby

This was our 4th Storytime Mash-up this summer--in preparation for the solar eclipse.  It was a little bit of a stretch putting one together for babies, but I think it came together and was a lot of fun!  (We'll be doing the same songs/rhymes/flannel again this week!)

Read Aloud 

Alphaprints: Fun in the Sun
by Roger Priddy

The Silver Moon: Lullabies and Cradle Songs
by Jack Prelutsky; illustrated by Jui Ishida
(3 moon poems)


Clap, Clap, Clap
Hello Song
Little Bear

When Cows Get Up in the Morning
When cows get up in the morning they always say, "Good Day!"
When cows get up in the morning they always say, "Good Day!"
"Moo! Moo! Moo!"
That's how they say good day
"Moo! Moo! Moo!"
That's how they say good day.

Additional verses with other hand puppets
cat, dog, duck, monkey

You Are My Sunshine 
I asked the moms/grandmas to set their baby on their lap looking at them and look into their eyes while we sang this song.

Itsy, Bitsy Spider

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! 
(bounce baby gently)

Zoom, zoom, zoom!
We're going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom!
We're leaving very soon!
5-4-3-2-1-BLAST OFF! (lift baby up)


Five Little Stars

Five little stars shine and shine some more,
One fell to the earth and then there were four.
Four little stars, happy as can be,
One fell to the earth and then there were three.
Three little stars in a sky so blue,
One fell to the earth and then there were two.
Two little stars, having lots of fun,
One fell to the earth and then there was one.
One little star left all alone,
That one fell to earth and then there were none.
The moon came out- what a pretty sight!
He waved to the stars and he said goodnight.

Shared Reading
A variety of Babybug Magazines

Play and Learn

Explore Shadows 
I brought in my reading lamp and set it up in the darkened corner for babies to create shadows

All the other fun baby toys we usually have :)

Sun and Moon Storytime

In preparation for the solar eclipse we hosted our 4th Mash-up Storytime of the summer--all about the sun and moon!


Moonbear's Sunrise
by Frank Asch

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy
by Jan Thomas

Songs/Flannel Board/Nursery Rhymes

There was One in the Bed
(counting up)

There was one in the bed and the little one said,
"I'm lonely! I'm lonely!"
So one climbed then...

There were two in the bed...

There were five in the bed and the little one said,
"Good Night!"

We were going to do the traditional Five in the Bed counting backwards at the end, but we ran out of time.

Hey Diddle, Diddle
Hey diddle, diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Shadow, Shadow
Shadow, shadow turn around
Shadow, shadow touch the ground
Shadow, shadow dance on your toes
Shadow, shadow touch your nose
Shadow, shadow bend down low
Shadow, shadow touch your toe

Shadow, shadow jump up now
Shadow, shadow take a bow
Shadow, shadow stomp your feet
Shadow, shadow take your seat.

Play and Learn

Puppets and Shadows!  
(I brought my bed reading lamp for light and turned off half the overhead lights)

Make a sun--paper plate, yellow and orange construction paper strips

Felt Button Chain

Sewing cards

Counting Cars

Monday, July 31, 2017

Birds--Preschool Storytime

I found Peck, Peck, Peck several months ago and was excited to use it in storytime; however because of our storytime mashups and training storytime people I finally got to this theme today!


A Bird is a Bird
by Lizzy Rockwell

Hooray for Birds!
by Lucy Cousins

Peck, Peck, Peck
by Lucy Cousins

Graph Question
Which bird would you like to see?
Eagle (2)
Penguin (3)
Ostrich (0)
Flamingo (3)


Are You Sleeping?

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Little bird, little bird
Wake up little bird!
Wake up little bird!
Flap, flap, flap!
Flap, flap, flap!

Additional Verses:
Flamingo--stand on one foot

Play and Learn

Hole Punches!
Peck holes just like the little woodpecker in Peck, Peck, Peck

Flannel Pizza
Counting Cars

Friday, July 28, 2017

Stories and Meals in the Park

Last week I did our 2nd storytime in the park while the children ate their free lunches provided by the school district.  Kids' ages ranged from 4 to 11.  Not a huge group, and so of the kids who got lunch choose not to stay and listen to the books.

Here's what I read:

Count the Monkeys
by Marc Barnett; illustrated by Kevin Cornell

The Princess and the Pig
by Jonathan Emmett; illustrated by Poly Bernatene

Even Monsters Need Haircuts
by Matthew McElligott

That Is Not a Good Idea!
by Mo Willems

STEM for Baby Storytime

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for BABIES?!  Yes!  And we do more of it than you probably think!  Here are just some of the areas I came up with that deal with STEM:

Cause and Effect
Size (Big/small)
Nature--animals, plants, water
Positional Words
Light--mirrors, colors

Read Aloud

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Sequencing, counting, colors, big/small, nature

In addition to our regular play and learn toys--highlighting how each relates to STEM (see list above)--I set up a water "table"

STEM Preschool Storytime

Our third "mash-up" storytime for the summer...featuring all things STEM!


Charlotte the Scientist is Squished
by Camille Andros; illustrated by Brianne Farley

Shape Shift
by Joyce Hesselberth

Graph Question
Science and math are all around us!  What is your favorite way to learn about science and math?
Bathtub (1)
Playing outside (5)
Cooking (4)
Playing a game (1)


ABC Welcome Song

Pattern Song; adapted from Songs for Teaching

It’s pattern time! It’s pattern time! 
So move your body while I move mine

Clap your hands.  
Stomp your feet.  
Jump up; turn around, 
Do something neat.

(I used four cut out shapes--with magnets on the back--to create patterns.  Each shape was one of the four action in the song)

Animal Goodbyes

STEM Play and Learn Stations

Aluminum Foil Boat/Sink and Float

Cornstarch Quicksand

Bear Balance Set with Weight STEM Challenge Cards from Playdough to Plato

Geometric Shape Art