Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dinosaur Storytime

A storytime from a few weeks ago...  I had done this over the school district's spring break, knowing we could get older siblings.  Instead we just had a really small group.  Oh, well!  It was a ton of fun!


The Super Hungry Dinosaur

by Martin Waddell; illustrated by Leonie Lord

If I had a Triceratops
by George O'Connor

by Todd H. Doodler

Graph Question
Besides a T-Rex, which dinosaur do you like the best?
Winner: Pterodactyl


Dinosaur, Dinosaur!

Dinosaur, dinosaur
Turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Dance on your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Touch the sky
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Bend down low
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Touch your toe
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Jump up now
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Take a bow
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Stomp your feet
Dinosaur, dinosaur
Take a seat

Play and Learn

Dinosaurs and playdough!  (Tracks, impressions, "eggs")
My small group had so much fun playing with the dinos and playdough we didn't even get out the other toys!

Bunny Storytime

I did this storytime twice; once for preschooler and once for "all ages" (2-5) with slight variations at each one.


We're Rabbits!
by Lisa Westberg Peters; illustrated by Jeff Mack

Peek-a-Boo Bunny
by Holly Surplice

Wee Little Bunny
by Lauren Thompson; illustrated by John Butler

Graph Question
What is your favorite springtime animal?
Winner: Duckling, closely followed by bunny (other choices: lamb, fawn)


(tune: BINGO)

There was a rabbit I once knew
And Bunny was her name-o
And Bunny was her name-o.

I'm a nonconformist and take the letters away from the end of the word...

There was a rabbit I once knew
And Bunny was her name-o
And Bunny was her name-o.

Continue until all the letters are gone and you clap five times.

Have You Ever Seen A Bunny?
(tune: Have you ever seen a lassie?)

Have you ever seen a bunny
A bunny, a bunny?
Have you ever seen a bunny
That hops so s-l-o-w?

He hops and hops and hops and hops
Have you ever seen a bunny
That hops so slow?

Additional verses:
Fast, backwards, on one foot?

Hippty Hop
(tune: 5 Little Ducks)

Hippty hop and hippty hay
5 little bunny went out to play
Hippty hop and hippty hay
1 little bunny hopped away.

Continue counting down to zero.

Play and Learn

Water Table with ducks

Feed the Animals (bunny, monkey, dog) from Lakeshore Learning


Variety of other toys

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Baby Storytime Compilation

The busier I get at work the less time I spend prepping for Baby Storytime.  At first it really stressed me out, but I have found that one thing I can truly let go of is themes for Baby Storytime.  I have never worried about the song and rhymes "matching" but I had worked to have my read aloud and shared reading "match".  But as I have presented baby storytime without a theme out of necessity I have found storytime is just as complete and fulfilling without the worry of a theme.   So here's what we've been singing and reading the month or so!


Hello Song
(tune: Here We Go Round...)

This is the way we clap hello,
Clap hello, clap hello
This is way we clap hello
Hello, hello, hello!

This is the way we tap hello...
This is the way we jump hello...

Good Morning To You
(tune: Happy Birthday)

Good morning to _________
Good morning to _________
Good morning dear ___________
It's nice to see you!

Little Bear
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 he pops out of sight!

There was a Little Duck
(tune: Wheels on the Bus)

There was a little duck that went quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack
There was a little duck that went quack, quack, quack
All day long!

I use my puppets and do 4-5 verses

Baby Hokey Pokey
You put your arms up
You put your arms down
You put your arms up and you wave them all around
You tickle, tickle, tickle
And wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
That's what it's all about!

You put your feet up...
You put your baby up...

Tiny Little Babies
(tune: Shortenin' Bread)

Tiny little babies love bouncin' bouncin'
Tiny little babies love bouncin', yeah
Tiny little babies love bouncin', bouncin'
Tiny little babies love bouncin' so
Bounce to the left, bounce to the right
Hug that baby nice and tight!

We sing 3-4 traditional songs/nursery rhymes

Itsy Bitsy Spider
I'm a Little Teapot
Where is Thumbkin? (thumb, pointer, pinky)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Three Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Hey Diddle Diddle
Humpty Dumpty
Jack and Jill
Hickory Dickory Dock
Pease Porridge Hot

A few springtime songs thrown in the mix

The Rain is Falling Down
The rain is falling down.  Splash!
The rain is falling down.  Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter patter
The rain is falling down. Splash!

Plip, Plip, Plop!
(tune: Jingle Bells)
We use the jingle bells make rain sounds!)

Plip, plip, plop!
Plip, plip, plop!
Rainy, rainy days
Springtime showers
Water flowers
So they'll bloom in May!


I am toast in the toaster
I'm getting very hot
Tick tock, tick, tock
Up I pop!

One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Wiggle it high
Wiggle it low
Shake it fast
Shake it slow
Hide it behind your back
Where did it go?

Read Alouds

If You See a Kitten
by John Butler

Everyone is Yawning
by Anita Bijsterbosch

Peek-a-Boo Zoo!
by Jane Cabrera

Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet
by Kristy Dempsey; illustrated by Jane Massey

Flannel Board

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
Very simple flannel using colored circles for each of the "animals"

Shared Reading

A variety of (discarded) Babybug Magazines

Play and Learn

I got some new balls from Target!  The babies are definitely enjoying them!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Dragon Storytime

You can never go wrong with a DRAGON storytime!  I did this one with two different groups and I changed up the books to better meet the children's needs.


Oh No, Little Dragon!
by Jim Averbeck

I Will Not Eat You
by Adam Lehrhaupt; illustrated by Scott Magoon

There was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight
by Penny Parker Klostermann; illustrated by Ben Mantle

The 2nd time using this theme was for an all-ages (2-5) storytime

Little Wing Learns to Fly
by Calista

How to Dress a Dragon

Oh No, Little Dragon!

Graph Question
The best thing about being a dragon would be...
Flying, Breathing Fire, Playing with Knights, Treasure!


ABC Welcome

Dragon, Dragon

Dragon, dragon turn around
Dragon, dragon touch the ground

Dance on your toes
Touch your nose
Bend down low
Touch your toe
Jump up now
Take a bow
Stomp your feet
Take a seat

Animal Goodbyes

Play and Learn

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rise and Shine Storytime

We're ready for some SUN around here!!

Millie Wants to Play!
by Janet Pedersen

Wake Up, City!
by Erica Silverman; illustrated by Laure Fournier

Wake Up, It's Spring!
by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Graph Question
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Make your bed, eat breakfast, play, get dressed

Songs/Magnet Board

ABC Welcome

Are You Sleeping?

Hello, Springtime
(tune Goodnight Ladies)

Hello blue skies, hello blue skies
Hello blue skies.  We're glad you're here today.

Green grass
Blue bird

Play and Learn

We have been instructed by our supervisor to not do arts and crafts every week (due to the prep time).  So this week I invited the children to trace a cardboard circle and create a sun.  For many this was the first time they "traced".

Balance Bears
Crazy Straws and felt circles

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lego Night

A local elementary school invited the library for their 3rd annual Dad & Sons Lego Night!  We have attended all three years, but I didn't get to go last year, so I was excited to be back!

I took 16 tubs of Legos and 4 tubs of Duplo.  Next year I will plan on taking 24 tubs of Legos and 8 Duplo!  It was a great turn out with just over 100 in attendance!

This year I made up 8 different Lego Challenges and had a few on each of the tables.  Several kids enjoyed doing the challenges!

  • Build something with a "handful" of Legos
  • Build something in less than a minute
  • Build something using only one color
  • Build something using only 2x2 bricks
  • Build something using just one hand
  • Build a bridge
  • Write your name in Lego
  • Build a tic-tac-toe game and play it with someone

Here are some photos from the event

Three challenges in one!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Baby Animal Storytime

You know how sometimes one child can change the whole feel of storytime?  Well, I had one today who would just on cooperate (with me or her parents).  It really threw the first half of storytime 'off'.  Her parents took her out half-way through...I do hope they try again another time!


Baby Swap
by Jan Ormerod; illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Animal Babies in Rain Forests (selections)
Jennifer Schofield

Look Inside a Robin's Nest
by Megan Cooley Peterson

Songs/Magnet Board

Are You Sleeping?
**the kids loved the song**

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Baby crocodile, baby crocodile?
Wake up baby crocodile
Wake up baby crocodile
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Chomp, chomp, chomp!

Continue with other baby animals:  elephant (stomp), tiger (grrrr), cheetah (run), bird (fly)

Little Bird (Magnet Game)

Little Bird, Little Bird
Come out and play!
What color nest are you in today?

Graph Question
Which baby animal is the cutest?
Penguin (5)
Monkey (3)
Chick (3)
Kitten (9)

Play and Learn

Build a Nest

I got the idea from Buggy and Buddy, but I didn't make any kind of sample, just had circles punched out for the birds and the half circle traced for them to cut out so it became more of a process art activity.  They loved the feathers!


Egg Puzzles

Baby Animal Matching Game