Virtual Family Storytime: Pets!

I didn’t even realize that National Pet Day was this month when I planned this storytime. Love coincidences!

Here’s what I’ve got planned:

We will talk about early literacy tools: Read/Write/Sing/Talk/Play. We will use all of these in our storytime today but I am going to highlight PLAY. Symbolic play and dramatic play help children to develop language skills. Try acting out your favorite fairytales or stories.  

We Clap and Sing Hello 
We clap and sing hello, 
We clap and sing hello, 
With our friends at storytime, 
We clap and sing hello! 
(Wave and sing hello; jump and sing hello.) 

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi  

Today we will be talking about pets. How many of you guys have pets? I have a big old goofyball of a dog named Apollo. He’s a goldendoodle and has long curly hair. I have to brush him a lot and he takes up all the space in my bed! Pets take a lot of responsibility, right? You need to feed them, walk them, change their water or bedding, take them to the vet and more. Pets also need a lot of love. 

Letter — “P” for Pet;  
ASL – CAT / DOG / FISH / BIRD 

Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi read with permission of Simon & Schuster 

Love Your Pets (Tune-row, row, row your boat) 
Love, love, love your pets, 
Love them everyday. 
Give them food and water too, 
Then let them run and play. 

Game – Sleeping, sleeping all of my friends are sleeping. And when they woke up, they were… Dog/Cat/Bird/Rabbit/Pig 

I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein read with permission of Candlewick Press 

How Much Is that Pet in the Window? 
How much is that doggy in the window? Woof woof! 
The one with the waggly tail? 
How much is that doggy in the window? Woof woof! 
I do hope that doggy’s for sale. 

Kitty…meow…long whiskers 
Bird… tweet tweet…flappity wings 
Rabbit…hop hop…hoppity legs  
Fish… glub glub… swimmy fins 

Flannel – Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell used with permission of Simon & Schuster 

I Had A Little Turtle 
I had a little turtle 
His name is Tiny Tim 
I put him in the bathtub 
To see if he could swim. 
He drank up all the water 
He ate up all the soap 
And now he’s home sick in bed with bubbles in his throat! 
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble pop! 

Charlotte and the Rock by Martin, Stephen W., read with permission of Penguin Random House 

Takeaway – I like to give an easy take-away craft, so I made my own pet rock to show them and encourage them to make their own!

We Clap Goodbye Like This 
We clap goodbye like this, 
We clap goodbye like this, 
With our friends at storytime, 
We clap goodbye like this!  

(We wave goodbye like this; We stomp goodbye like this) 

How’d it go:

We had fun today. I was a little tongue tied here and there but I think everyone had fun!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Folder Story: There Once Was a Grumpy Pirate

For virtual storytime, there is nothing better than a good folder story. I’ve been working on creating a few of my own and decided to try a “porthole” story for an upcoming pirate theme storytime.

Here’s what I came up with:

There once was a grumpy pirate, 
His grumpy name was Fred. 
He groaned, he moaned, he sighed… 
He wouldn’t get out of bed. 
 
“Up!” tisked his mom,  
“It’s time to get ye dressed! 
“Sleepy pirates, never find, 
“The golden treasure chest.” 
 
So up Fred hopped and dressed he got, 
A hat and eye patch too. 
A shiny hook. A leg of wood. 
In search of gold doubloon. 

I created four porthole paper plates with scenes behind it, that I will show as I say the rhyme:

These were super easy to make. I just took paper plates, cut out the middle and painted them yellow. My background is just taped to the back of each plate. I decided not to laminate them because I didn’t want it to be too shiny for virtual storytime.

This would work too for an under the sea storytime, because you could pretend you are on a yellow submarine!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Virtual Family Storytime: All Things Birds!

For this virtual family storyime we are going to do all things birds! Eggs, feathers, wings and more!

Here’s what I have planned:

  • Early Literacy Tips: today but I am going to highlight READ. 
    • Reading to our children not only instills a love of reading but helps to expand their vocabulary and build comprehension skills. Early literacy tip for caregivers- When you are out walking or driving, point out colors and words on road signs. 
  • Hello, Hello, Hello
    • In this rhyme we practice saying hello in different ways and languages.

Hello, hello, hello. 
It’s time to say hello. 
Hello, today, to all my friends. 
Hello, hello, hello. 
(English, ASL, Spanish, French, etc.) 

  • Fun Fact: Migration.
    • We’re getting closer and closer to Spring. So soon all of the birds that migrated south will be coming home. Migrating is a big word. Migrating happens when a bird or animal moves from one place, to another depending on the season. So when the weather gets cold, many birds fly sound where it is warmer. Butterflies migrate too.  
  • Music Song:  Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing on The Second Line – Scarf Activity Songs album 
  • Letters/Writing: we will practice writing the letter “B” and learn “B” in ASL; We will write “Bird” and learn “Bird” in ASL. We will follow the same pattern with “E” and “Egg.”
  • Book – Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins read with permission from Candlewick Press 
    • I have a finger puppet woodpecker that I am going to use with this book.
  • Movement Song: Sleeping Bunnies by the Kiboomers 
    • We are going to do “sleeping birdies” instead of sleeping bunnies.

See the birdies sleeping  
Till it’s nearly noon 
Shall we wake them with a merry tune 
They’re so still  
Are they ill 
Wake up birdies 
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop, 
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop  
Hop little birdies  
Hop hop hop  
Hop little birdies, now we STOP!   
(Jump/Skip) 

  • Flannel Story – Bird Shapes 
    • This is a flannel story I saw when I attended a storytime with my daughter a few years ago. It was so cute I had to re-create it myself!
  • Rhyme: 10 Little Feathers 
    • To the tune of 10 Little Indians. I am going to show a few real life feathers before we start this rhyme.

1 little, 2 little, 3 little feathers 
4 little, 5 little, 6 little feathers 
7 little, 8 little, 9 little feathers 
10 little feathers in a row. 

  • Book – The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett read with permission of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
  • Folder Story – Once There Was an Egg 
    • This is one I made up from scratch, so I am interested to see how it goes. Folder stories work really well for virtual storytimes.

Once there was a blue egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around. 
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a blue bird, looking for a snack! 

Once there was a green egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a turtle, looking for a snack!  
 
Once there was a red egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a platypus, looking for a snack!  
 
Once there was a yellow egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a butterfly, looking for a snack!  

Once there was an orange egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped an alligator, looking for a snack! 

Once there was a pink and purple polka dotted egg, shiny and round. 
It rolled this way, it rolled that way, 
It rolled all around.  
Then suddenly… it started with a creeeek. 
And then a louder craaaack. 
And OUT popped a DINOSAUR, looking for a snack!  

  • Book – Froodle by Antoinette Portis read with permission of MacMillian Publishers 
  • Take Away: Letter “B” pipecleaner bird feeder
    • I am going to show them a sample of a letter “B” that I made out of a pipe cleaner and strung with Cheerios to hang outside as a bird feeder.
  • Our Hands Say Thank You…
    • A simple rhyme where you say “thank you” instead of “goodbye.”

Our hands say thank you with 
A clap, clap, clap; 
Our feet say thank you with a 
Tap, tap, tap. 
Clap, clap, clap! 
Tap, tap, tap! 
We roll our hands around, and say, 
“Good-bye.” 

  • Extra: if we have more time, I also have “Two Little Blackbirds” and “Five Little Ducks” in my pocket.

How’d it go:

Overall, everything went really well. I rushed a tad at the end to fit everything in but other than that we had a bird-rific time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Virtual Family Storytime – 2/20/2021 SCARVES

For this virtual storytime, I decided we would focus on play using our scarves. Symbolic play and dramatic play help children to develop language skills.
Here’s what I have planned:

  • Hello Friends (ASL)
    • This is a popular hello rhyme. We teach the ASL signs for hello, friends, time and say.

Hello friends, 
Hello friends, 
It’s time to say hello.  

  • ASL for Rainbow
    • Going along with teaching our ASL, I am also going to show them the sign for “Rainbow” because a lot of what we are doing today involves colors.
  • Scarf Tissue Box
    • I am going to introduce our scarves by pulling different color scarves out of a tissue box. We will identify the colors as we go.
  • Write
    • Using our scarves we will then write the letters “R” and “S” in the air.
  • Song – 1,2,3 Wee by Eric Litwin
    • I’ve never played music through Zoom before but I love to use scarves with this song, so I am going to give it a go.
  • Rhyme – Popcorn Kernel
    • This is a great rhyme to do with scarves because we thrown them in the air when the kernels pop!

Popcorn Kernels (wave scarves overhead)  
In the pot (make their scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching in your fists)  
Shake them shake them shake them (shake fists)  
Shake them shake them shake them (shake fists) 
’til they POP (Toss scarves up into the air) 

  • Book – “Katy Duck Meets the Babysitter” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Illustrated by Henry Cole, read with permission from Simon & Schuster 
    • This a beginner reader book, but short enough for storytime and, bonus, has scarves!
  • Song – Wheels on the Bus
    • We are going to do the movements with our scarves.

The wheels on the bus go round and round, 
Round and round, round and round.  
The wheels on the bus go round and around, 
All through the town. 
(Wipers, Horn, Babies) 

  • Flannel – Rainbow Stew
    • Kids always love when you put something in a pot or bowl and out it comes as something else!

Take an apple, put it in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest red you ever did see. 
 
Take an orange, put it in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest orange you ever did see. 
 
Take a banana, put it in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest yellow you ever did see. 
 
Take some peas, put them in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest green you ever did see. 
 
Take blueberries, put them in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest blue you ever did see. 
 
Take some grapes, put them in the pot 
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot. 
Take it out. What will it be? 
The prettiest purple you ever did see. 

  • Book – “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!” by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by David Catrow 
    • I love singing this one and using our scarves as paintbrushes to identify the different parts of our bodies.
  • Rhyme – This is the way we wash our face
    • Another great one to do with a scarf.

This is the way we wash our face, 
Wash our face, wash our face. 
This is the way we wash our face, so early in the morning. 
(knees, arm, tummy…) 

  • Book – “Mommy’s Khimar” by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Ebony Glenn 
    • I wanted to read a very different type of book about scarves. This introduces kids to a scarf called a Khimar.
  • Sing – Shake Your Scarves by Johnette Downing 

Scarves up, scarves down, shake your scarves all around 
Scarves up, scarves down, shake your scarves all around 
Scarves in, scarves out, shake your scarves all about 
Scarves in, scarves out, shake your scarves all about 
Right knee, left knee, shake your scarves fancy free 
Right knee, left knee, shake your scarves fancy free 
Right hand, left hand, shake your scarves with the band 
Right hand, left hand, shake your scarves with the band 
On your back, on your tummy, shake your scarves nice and funny 
On your back, on your tummy, shake your scarves nice and funny 
Scarves up, scarves down, put your scarves on the ground. 

  • Goodbye Friends (ASL) 
    • We end the same way we started but with “Goodbye” instead of “Hello.”

Goodbye friends, 
Goodbye friends, 
It’s time to say goodbye. 

How’d it go:
A super fun storytime! I did end up cutting out my last song because “My Mother’s Khimar” ended so soothingly and we were running out of time, that I didn’t want to wild up the kids again before our goodbye rhyme.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Virtual Storytime: 1/6/2021 MoComCONline

I have a special storytime I am doing for our library system’s MoComCon event. MoComCon is a library comic convention and this year we are going virtual–MoComCONline! <Cute right?! For this storytime, I am doing all things superheroes. Here is what I have planned:

  • Say HELLO Superheroes 
    • This is an original by yours truly. I wanted a fun opening and closing, so I made one up!

Say HELLO superheroes brave and true. 
The world needs saving, the world needs you!  
Buckle your belt, fasten your cape. 
We cannot let those bad guys escape!  

Stretch out those arms, first this way, then that. 
A quick little toe touch, now arch back like a cat.  
Another stretch high and now one way down low. 
We’re ready to fight crime, let’s go go go!  

You are ready now to fly up, up and away! 
Get ready, get set? Let’s all save the day! 

  • ASL –  Smart, Fly, Brave 
    • I always incorporate some American Sign Language into my storytimes. This week, I went with superhero attributes.
  • Book – Supertruck by Stephen Savage 
    • This is a fun story about a garbage truck by day, superhero truck by night!
  • Finger Play – Superhero Turn Around 
    • A simple movement rhyme I found years ago for a superhero storytime and I can’t remember where I got it from.

Superhero, superhero turn around 
Superhero, superhero touch the ground. 
Superhero, superhero put on your suit 
Superhero, superhero put on your boots. 
Superhero, superhero jump up high
Superhero, superhero fly, fly, fly! 

  • Book – Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker 
    • This one is generally a little long, but like the lessons in it. I may cut a few pages from it as I am reading if it feels too long.
  • Folder Story – My Many Colored Capes 
    • Check out my post for more information on this one. It is such a great rhyme and super fun to do as a folder story. I also find folder stories adapt well to a virtual environment.

My cape of bravery 
Goes over my head 
It makes me feel bold 
And its color is __________ (red) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of honesty 
Makes villains speak true 
And chases out lies 
Its color is ___________(blue) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of fairness 
Conquers those who are mean 
It makes me feel strong 
And its color is _________ (green) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of calmness 
Makes me feel mellow 
It quiets the world 
And its color is ____________(yellow) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of wisdom 
Helps me to think 
And solve tricky problems 
Its color is __________(pink) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My favorite cape 
Gives me a nice glow 
Its all these great colors—In a RAINBOW!!! 

  • Finger Play – Five Brave Superheroes
    • A nice finger play with a counting element.  

Five brave superheroes (hold up five fingers) 
Ready to save the day. (hands on hips in ‘superhero stance’) 
One flies off to chase a villain, (“fly” one finger behind back) 
Up, up and away! (stretch arms up into the air, i.e. ‘flying pose’) 

 Count down from 4, 3, 2… 

One brave superhero 
Ready to save the day. 
She flies off to chase a villain 
Up, up and away! 
Hooray for superheroes! Hooray! (clap hands, shout hooray!) 

  • Book – Superhero Mom by Timothy Knapman 
    • Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. This one has nice big pictures and all the moms out there will enjoy it.
  • Action Rhyme – Have you ever seen a hero 
    • This can be a lap rhyme with swaying back and forth or the kids can pretend to fly. I don’t know that I’d do the additional verses. I may just do the original twice.

Have you ever seen a hero, a hero, a hero, 
Have you ever seen a hero, flying through the sky? 
Fly this way and that way, and that way and this way 
Have you ever seen a hero flying through the sky? 

Verses: Putting on their cape, hopping on one foot, saving the day, twirling around 

  • Say GOODBYE Superheroes 
    • The goodbye to my hello

Say GOODBYE superheroes, the day is through. 
You’ve worked really hard, you’ve chased every clue.  
Every dragon’s been slain, every bad guy subdued. 
The city is safe, thanks to your fortitude. 

So roll your head round and shrug your shoulders, 
You lifted, you pushed, you lugged heavy boulders.  
With a yawn and a sigh and a shake of the head, 
Even superheroes need to rest in their bed.  

Tomorrow’s a new day, there’s nothing to fear. 
Goodbye superheroes. 1…2…3… CHEER!   
 

How’d it go:

This was a really fun storytime! The kids especially liked it when I put them on spotlight, so they could show off their superhero moves. Man, do I love MoComCon season!

That’s all for now!

-M-