Family Storytime: FRIENDSHIP & FUN

Family Storytime: 4/20/19 – FRIENDSHIP & FUN

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
  • Hello Rhyme – Say Hello
    • This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
  • Stretch – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • I do this three times, faster and faster each time.
  • ASL – FRIEND / TOGETHER / HAPPY / MORE
  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together
    • For this one we used the signs we just learned to sing and sign the song.

The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

‘Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

  • Book/Puppets – Hedgehog Needs A Hug by Jen Betton 51gls-xrgxl._sx405_bo1204203200_
    • I don’t think I have the right puppets for this one but I hope I do because it is just so cute! I totally built this theme around this book. It’s a new one to the library and just so lovely.
  • Song – Skidamarink by Raffi
    • The perfect song for a friendship theme, with simple movements for the kids.
  • Rhyme – Will you be a friend of mine
    • This is a new one for me that I found online. We can also use the sign for friend that we learned earlier.

Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine? 
Will you be a friend of mine and [insert action word] around with me?

(jump… bow… clap… hop on one foot…) 

  • Game –  Sleeping, Sleeping…
    • The kids love this one and it’s one my mom taught me. Basically you put the kids to sleep and when they wake up, they pretend to be different animals. Put each animal to sleep and wake up as something else but don’t forget to put our animals to sleep and wake them up as nice boys and girls.

Sleeping, sleeping.
All my little friends were sleeping.
And when they woke up they were [insert animal here].

  • Rhyme – High Five Friends
    • Super proud of this one! Made it up on my own 🙂

One little friend has so much to do.
Add another little friend and then we get two.
Three little friends will get the job done.
But four little friends are much more fun!
Now with five little friends, what can we do?
A high five for me and a high five for you!
High five those around you

  • Book – A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom51Y+5X1RkKL._SX388_BO1,204,203,200_
    • I was going to do Will You Be My Friend? by Nancy Tafuri but it’s a smidgen long for a second book for my crowd. I’ve done splendid friend before but it’s short, fun and I can totally rock an annoying bird voice!
  • Rhyme – Two Little Black Birds
    • I am not sure why I thought this would go with the theme, but we’re doing it regardless.

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, the other named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Two little blackbirds sitting on a stick
One named slow, the other named quick
Fly away slow, fly away quick
Come back slow, come back quick

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named soft, the other named loud
Fly away soft, fly away loud
Come back soft, come back loud

  • Song/Shakers – Shake My Sillies Out
    • I am going to pass out shakers and we can literally shake our sillies out.
  • 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 – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • Everyone helps put our shakers away
  • 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:

Lot of families travelling for Easter and Spring Break this week, so we had a nice crew of about 50, which is tiny for Family Storytime. I was able to maneuver the puppets and the book–always a struggle–and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun. I had to go around and give everyone high-fives with my high-five rhyme 🙂 All in all, a fun start to the Saturday!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Minute To Win-It!

Hi Guys,

Today was an early release day for our local schools. For the most part, whenever our schools get out early or have a day off, we like to do a no school activity for them. It could be a Lego play, a movie or some other hour long craft or activity.

For this early release day, I decided to create five mini Minute to Win-It stations. What is Minute to Win-It you ask? Literally none of my colleague knew what this was so let me tell you….

Minute to Win-It was a TV show that was eventually adapted as board and card games. Basically, you and your family or friends would compete in mini 1 minute challenges or a who can do something first type challenge. One you guys might be familiar with is–who can get the cookie from their forehead into their mouth first, just using their facial muscles.

Anyyyyway…. if you don’t know it look it up.

So for my program, I created five Minute to Win-It stations.

1 2 3 4 5

These were really easy stations that I was able to create using random supplies we had in our supply closet.

Each station has it’s own timer and were basically self led. You could do them in whatever order you want and as many times as you wanted. I also put out some Duplo blocks for any younger siblings that showed up.

We didn’t have a large crowd but those who did come seemed to enjoy challenging each other. Even the grow-ups participated and challenged their kids.

Something different any easy to put together.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 10/29/18

Hi Guys, this week is Halloween, so I threw in a few Halloween-ish rhymes and such into this storytime. Enjoy!

  • Movement Rhyme – Wake Up…
    • This is a fun stretch to get our bodies moving before storytime. And it is great for babies because it helps us identify our body parts. I got the lyrics from Jbrary but I’ve seen this one around before.

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.

(Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.)

  • ASL – The More We Get Together51ey6-9wi4l-_sx437_bo1204203200_
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Song w/ Movements – Tap Your Toe and Follow Me by Susan Salidor
    • This one of my favorite movement songs for babies. Simple and light.
  • Board Book – Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton
    • I pass out copies of this one and I just happened to have a larger printed version to read myself.
  • Finger Play – Fe Fi Fo Fum
  • Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb-one finger per syllable.)
    See my fingers. (Hold up four fingers.)
    See my thumb. (Hold up thumb.)
    Fe fi fo fum. (Touch each finger with thumb again.)

  • Movement Rhyme – Open and Shut Them
    • Simple movements for babies and one I used to do all the time.
  • Flannel/Prop – Five Little Pumpkins
    • I will probably do a flannel for this one but I am thinking about bringing in 5 mini pumpkins for storytime.
  • Song – Five Green Goblins by Sing-N-Play
    • I had to get this one from YouTube but it is upbeat and we can pretend our fingers are goblins and sign along.
  • Book – Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming515ewteq53l-_sx490_bo1204203200_
    • Simple words with rhyme.
  • Lift – Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
    • This is a fun one with simple movements and we get a lift when the babies blast off at the end.
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon. Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon. If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocketship. Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… BLASTOFF!

  • Bounce – I bounce you here, I bounce you there…
    • We love our bounces and lifts in baby storytime.
  • I bounce you here, I bounce you there
    I bounce you, bounce you everywhere
    I tickle you here, I tickle you there
    I tickle you, tickle you everywhere
    I hug you here, I hug you there
    I hug you, hug you everywhere

  • Song/Shakers – Monster Mash by Kidz Bop Halloween
    • Just the perfect, upbeat, Halloween song for shaking!
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This was a really fun one. I did cut out my Zoom, Zoom rhyme because we were running short on time but other than that, I think everyone had a spooooky time!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Baby Storytime: 10/22/18

Hi Guys, time for another baby storytime! Here is what I have planned this week:

  • Movement Rhyme – Wake Up…
    • This is a fun stretch to get our bodies moving before storytime. And it is great for babies because it helps us identify our body parts. I got the lyrics from Jbrary but I’ve seen this one around before.

Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up feet and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Wake up feet, wake up feet
Wake up and wiggle in the morning.

(Also: hands, ears, knees, fingers, hips, etc.)

  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • 61uaxpnigbl-_sy498_bo1204203200_Song – Roll Your Hands by Toddlers on ParadeSuch a soothing song and easy movements for those little ones.
  • Board Book – Babies Around The World by Puck
    • This is a brand new book for the library and is about the different ways we say hello in different countries. I’m gonna give those languages my best try!
  • Finger Stretch – Fingers Like To…
    • This is a fun one and is great to work on moving those fingers

Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
WAY UP HIGH!
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
Fingers like to wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle, wiggle waggle.
WAY DOWN LOW!

How else do fingers like to wiggle?
(wiggle on different body parts)

  • Rhyme – Patty Cake20160917_175104
    • I always forget about my classics and this is one most babies love!
  • Flannel – Three Little Kittens
    • This is a flannel I made awhile ago. It’s small but it works.
  • Song – The Wheels on the Bus
    • Just your classic wheels on the bus movement song to break things up with.
  • Book/Scarves – I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont61syrqojfnl-_sx425_bo1204203200_
    • I do this one at least quarterly because I love it. I “sing” the book and we use scarves to paint our different body parts. Great for body identification and fun using those scarves with the babies.
  • Lift – Grand Old Duke of York
    • One I haven’t done in ages!
  • Bounce – Trot Trot to Boston
    • Obviously a day for classics!
  • Song/Shakers – Shake it to the East by Reach for the Stars!
    • This song prompts us to move our shakers in different directions.
  • Song/Bubbles – Bubbles by Parachute Express
    • I love the bubble maker for the babies. Bubbles help babies because the same eye muscles the use to track the bubbles as they move, are the same muscles they will later use for reading.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: Pheww this was a really off storytime for me. First, we only had four babies to start–up to ten total–and then I totally butchered by first book. I really need to practice any with other languages ahead of time. Then, because we had such a small group, I skipped a bunch of my planned stuff and thought I’d brake out my mini parachute. Nope. Still too small. Everyone said they had fun but it was definitely an off day for me. Oh well, next week I have Halloween things planned… my favorite holiday!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Five Little Pumpkins

Sooo I realized that I’ve never made a flannel for five little pumpkins and of course I had to. So ta-da!

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
First one said “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
Second one said “There are witches in the air”
The third one said ” but we don’t care!”
The fourth one said “let’s run and run and run”
The fifth one said “I’m ready for some fun!”
Ooo ooo went the wind, and out went the light
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight

That’s all for now!

-M-