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-

Baby Storytime: 9/23/19 – Scarves 

Baby Storytime: 9/23/19 – Scarves

We’re breaking out those scarves today and boy are we going to get some use out of them!

  • Hello Rhyme
    • This is one I got from Jbrary. You teach the ASL signs for “hello, friends, time & say.” Then you all do it together. September is Deaf Awareness Month, so it is also an appropriate time to break this one out.

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

  • ASL – MORE / EAT / PLEASE 611rv0qc3vl._sy356_bo1204203200_
    • For my babies I teach them three vocabulary words in American Sign Language each week. We do a lot of repeats and stick to the easy movement signs. I generally use Baby Sign Language.com to check my signs.
  • Song –  Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • I tend to rotate between a few different warm up songs and I love all of them!
  • Board Book – Steam train, dream train colors by Rinker, Sherri Duskey
    • I pass out these board books to encourage one-on-one reading and interaction with the story. This one’s fun because of the colors!
  • Rhyme – Popcorn Kernels
    • This is a fun one and a surprise for the babies when the scarves pop out!

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)
’til they POP (Toss scarves up into the air)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myp8OjcE-rg)

  • Song –   Shake Your Scarves by Johnette Downing
    • This is a fun song with scarf shaking prompts.
  • Rhyme – Peek-a-book
    • We are going to do this classic peek-a-book with our hands and our scarves.

Peek-a-boo, I see you.
I see you hiding there.
Peek-a-boo, I see you.
I see you hiding there.
(https://anneslibrarylife.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/baby-storytime-scarves/)

  • Rhyme – This is the way we wash our face
    • Another great one to do with our scarves!

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.
(crumple the scarf up and use it to “wash” the baby’s face – repeat with other body parts; knees, tummies, toes…)
(https://anneslibrarylife.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/baby-storytime-scarves/)

  • Rhyme –One Bright Scarf
    • I did this one with my family storytime a few weeks ago and it was hit or miss. Let’s see how the babies like it.

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high (wiggle scarf above head)
Wiggle it low (wiggle scarf by knees)
Shake it fast (wiggle scarf quickly)
Shake it slow (wiggle scarf slowly)
Put it behind your back,
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVpwhTmGXFY)

  • Book – From Head to Toe by Eric CarleFigured we’d take a break from the scarves and move our bodies.
  • Lift – I’m a Rocket
    • Time to work those muscles! 51j33zn3gyl._sx345_bo1204203200_

I’m a rocket on the ground (crouch down on ground).
Waiting quietly without a sound (say softly and put finger to lips)
The countdown’s starting. (start bouncing)
I’m ready to go… (put hands over head to form rocket point).
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
Blastoff! (Jump into air)
Outer Space – Preschool Storytime

  • Bounce – Tiny Little Babies
    • We also love our bounces!

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
Now hug that baby nice and tight!
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  • Song/Scarves – Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing
    • And we’ll break out our scarves for one last song!
  • Song/Bubbles –  Splish Splash by Mr. AI
    • When we track bubbles with our eyes we are strengthening the eye muscles we later use for reading.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – ASL Goodbye
    • We end the same way we started except we learn the sign for goodbye instead of hello.
  • Song – Clean It Up by Laurie Berkner
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by K. Guilmartin

How’d it go:

Phew! We were definitely scarf-ed out after this storytime. I actually brought out the shakers at the end, just for some variety. But it was a great one if you want to show the group many different ways to use scarves.

That’s all for now!

-M-