Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Storytime

It's been a while since I did a pumpkin storytime because I am usually doing a letter of the week--I'd be about at F right now.  So I was excited to an autumn storytime featuring pumpkins!

Books

Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer

Trouble Pumpkin by Jan Thomas


Songs/Rhymes/Fingerplays

5 Little Pumpkins
5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The 1st one said, "Oh, my! It's getting late!"
The 2nd one said, "There's a chill in the air!"
The 3rd one said, "But we don't care!"
The 4th one said, "We're ready for some fun!"
The 5th one said, "Let's run, run, run!"
Then WHOOSH! went the wind
And OUT went the lights
And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

On Our Way to the Pumpkin Patch
(sung to: Here we go 'round the Mulberry Bush)

Here we go marching down the road, down the road, down the road
Here we go marching down the road on the way to the pumpkin patch!

Additional verses:
Here we go running...
Here we go tiptoeing...
Here we go jumping...
Here we go stomping...

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife, but couldn't keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

Play and Learn

Pumpkin Playdough (Recipe) with 5 Little Pumpkins playmats (from Preschool Spot)
The Pumpkin Playdough was so soft and smelled yummy!!
Pumpkin Seed Counting



Giant matching game (from Oriental Trading)


Pre-writing follow the line (From 3Dinosaurs)

Blocks

Baby Storytime--October 17




Songs/Rhymes/Bounces

Bubbles

Hands Are Clapping
(Tune: London Bridges)
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping!

Additional verses:
Toes are tapping… Tap, tap, tap
Eyes are hiding… peekaboo!

Puppet

Little Bear in the tree
Sitting, oh, so still.
Won’t you come out?
Yes, he will!
He looks to the left
He looks to the right
He looks straight ahead
Then pops out of sight!
Bear in Tree Stump Puppet  |  Folkmanis
This puppet is from Folkmanis Puppets

Hello Song

(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Hello ____, hello ____.
Hello ____, we’re glad you’re here today!

I usually have each parent/caregiver introduce themselves and their baby.  Then we sing hello to the baby.  However, we had such a big group we sang to three babies in each verse.  The last verse had just one baby's name...so we sang hello everyone!  

Trot, Trot

Trot, trot to Boston. Trot, trot to Lynn.
         (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall in!
         (lower baby between your knees)


Trot, trot to Denver. Trot, trot to Dover.
          (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall over!
          (tip baby to one side)

Roly-Poly

Roly-poly, roly-poly (circle arms around each other—repeat each time you sing the phrase)
Out, out, out (move hands away from each other)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
In, in, in (bring hands together)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your nose
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your toes.
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Up to the sky (pull baby up to standing)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Fly, fly, fly (life baby up in the air)

Toast
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot (bounce)
Tick tock, tick tock (side to side)
Up I pop!

Pat-a-Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
     (clap hands)
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a "B"
And put it in the oven for baby and me!


Tickle the clouds (spoken)

Tickle the clouds
and tickle your toes
Clap your hands
and tickle your nose
Reach down low
And reach up high
Story time’s over —
Wave bye-bye!

Books
Read Aloud Book:
More and More by Emma Dodd



Shared Reading:  A variety of board books by Annie Kubler



Play and Learn Activities

Shakers, stacking cups, discovery bottles, puzzles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Baby Storytime--October 10

I haven't been able to do my Baby Storytime for several weeks because of meetings, so I was very excited to back with them today!

Songs/Rhymes/Bounces
Bubbles
Hands Are Clapping
(Tune: London Bridges)
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap

Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping!


Toes are tapping… Tap, tap, tap
Eyes are hiding… peekaboo!

Puppet

Little Bear in the tree
Sitting, oh, so still.
Won’t you come out?
Yes, he will!
He looks to the left
He looks to the right
He looks straight ahead
Then pops out of sight!
Bear in Tree Stump Puppet  |  Folkmanis
This puppet is from Folkmanis Puppets

Hello Song

(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Hello ____, hello ____.
Hello ____, we’re glad you’re here today!

I have each parent/caregiver introduce themselves and their baby.  Then we sing hello to the baby.  A baby's name is one of the first things a baby recognizes.  

Trot, Trot

Trot, trot to Boston. Trot, trot to Lynn.
         (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall in!
         (lower baby between your knees)


Trot, trot to Denver. Trot, trot to Dover.
          (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall over!
          (tip baby to one side)

Roly-Poly

Roly-poly, roly-poly (circle arms around each other—repeat each time you sing the phrase)
Out, out, out (move hands away from each other)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
In, in, in (bring hands together)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your nose
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your toes.
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Up to the sky (pull baby up to standing)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Fly, fly, fly (life baby up in the air)


Toast
I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot (bounce)
Tick tock, tick tock (side to side)
Up I pop!

Pat-a-Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
     (clap hands)
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a "B"
And put it in the oven for baby and me!


Tickle the clouds (spoken)

Tickle the clouds
and tickle your toes
Clap your hands
and tickle your nose
Reach down low
And reach up high
Story time’s over —
Wave bye-bye!

Books
Read Aloud Book:  Love that Baby by Susan Milord


Shared Reading:  A variety of board books by Annie Kubler



Play and Learn Activities

Here are two activities I put together that the babies loved!

Pull scarves out of an empty Kleenex box

Discovery Bottles--small objects in plastic water bottles for babies to shake and look at.  I like the SoBe LifeWater bottles because they are sturdier than regular water bottles, have large opening and caps, and they have a cool texture!

Author Storytimes

Here is my latest post to fellow storytime presenters in my library district.

This fall I am starting something new with my storytimes.  I have noticed that as I am selecting books for storytime I often come back to my favorite authors.  So about once or month (or so) instead of doing a “themed” storytime I am going to do an “author” storytime. 

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays, flannels, etc. will connect loosely with one of the books I read.  My first author storytime, featuring Eric Carle, was a great success!  Here is my outline to give you a “feel” for what an author stoytime might look like.

Book—Ten Little Rubber Ducks
Song—Five Little Ducks
(Book) Stretch:  From Head to Toe
Book—The Very Busy Spider
Nursery Rhyme:  Little Miss Muffet
Song: Itsy-bitsy spider

One of play and learn activities was the water “table” with rubber ducks.

I also created an Eric Carle Toddler Storytime!

This is a great way to introduce parents to a variety of authors that have many quality children’s books.  I have plans to develop a storytime around these authors: Mo Wilems, Karma Wilson, Anne Rockwell, Margaret Wise Brown, Ed Emberley, Martin Waddell, Laura Numeroff, and Jane Yolen.  The hardest part about doing author storytimes is choosing just a few of their books to read aloud! 


Here is my Pinterest board with some ideas I have gathered. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Apple Storytime

Fall in Washington would not be complete without an Apple Storytime!

Books

A New House for Mouse  by Petr Horacek



Apple Farmer Annie  by Monica Wellington

Songs/Rhymes/Fingerplays

Five Red Apples
Farmer Brown had 5 red apples
Hanging on a tree
Then he plucked 1 apple
And he ate it hungrily
Leaving 4 red apples
Hanging on the tree.

Continue counting down...

Farmer Brown had 1 red apple
Hanging on the tree
Then he plucked 1 apple
And he gave it to me.
Now there are no red apples
Hanging on the tree.

Find the Worm Game
Ten red apples being packaged for a treat
My, oh, my they look very sweet!
But, there’s one little worm that you can’t see!

Where, oh where, could that little worm be?

Play and Learn

Sort the pom-pom "apples" onto the correct tree

Find the Worm Game

Apple Tree Maze

Train Set

Wooden Beads

Eric Carle Storytime--Toddler Edition

Had such a great time doing Eric Carle I used his books again when I had to fill in for a Toddler Storytime.  Made some adaptations...but another very fun storytime!

Books
The Very Busy Spider  by Eric Carle

From Head to Toe  by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar  by Eric Carle (flannel board)


Songs/Rhymes/Fingerplays

Welcome Song
(Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello
This is the way we wave hello - hello, hello, hello!
This is the way we clap hello...

This is the way we tap hello...

Itsy, Bitsy Spider
The itsy, bitsy spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
So the itsy, bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!

Goodbye Song
(Tune: The Farm in the Dell )
(follow actions)
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
We clap our hands for all our friends,
We wave goodbye like this.

Play and Learn Activities

Tissue paper butterflies


Train Set

Coloring pages

Retell "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with felt pieces

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Eric Carle Storytime

This year I have several "author" storytimes planned.  So instead of a theme I will read several books by one particular author.  I am excited to start with one of my favorite children's authors and illustrators:  Eric Carle.  To learn more about him visit his website.

Books


Songs/Rhymes/Fingerplays

5 Little Ducks
5 little ducks went out to play
Over the hills and far away
When Mother duck said,
"Quack, quack, quack, quack"
4 little ducks come waddling back!

Continue counting down to zero

But when the Daddy Duck said,
"QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!"
5 little ducks came waddling back!

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on her tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider
And sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away!


Play and Learn

Water "table" with matching duck game from Oriental Trading



Make a web for the spider using a paper plate with slits cut around the edge and pull yarn through criss-crossing.

"Feed" the ducks


Retell the Very Busy Spider using flannel board pieces.