“Goodnight, Everyone” bedtime pajama storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Extend and Stretch
Frere Jacques
Extend and stretch (sit in sukasana – easy seated pose, or crisscross applesauce- and do seated side bends)
Extend and stretch
Twist and turn (seated twists)
Twist and turn
This is yoga, (hands overhead on “this,” then bring to prayer position on “yoga”)
This is yoga
Om sweet om, (hands in prayer, bow forward)
Om sweet om
Source: I got this from Kids Yoga Guide teacher training, but here is another from Be Grace Yoga 

Song: The Learning Groove’s “Canon in D Major” 

Crown, Heart, Tail. I saw this when I observed a Kids Crave Yoga class. Ask the kids where their head or crown is. Then where is their heart. Then tail (or where their tail would be). Repeat. Shake up the order: Heart, tail, crown. Tail, tail, crown, heart. Go faster and faster, and then slow it down. I love that these movements correspond to the 1st, 4th, and 7th chakras.

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Goodnight, Everyone by Chris Haughton
mice – child’s pose/balasana
bunny – rabbit/sasangasana
deer – warrior I/virabhadrasana I
b
ear – bear twists. Standing twist from side to side swinging arms wide.

Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

Goddess pose/ utkata konasana – Breathing in, stand up straight. Exhale into goddess.
Standing forward fold/ uttanasana
Seated twists/ parivritta sukhasana – Make sure the kids twist to the right first (mirror them) to aid in digestion before bed.
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Candle Breath. Hold a finger out. Pretend this is your candle. Take a deep breath in, and let it out slowly. Try not to blow your candle out. Just let the breath out slowly enough that your pretend flame would flicker and dance. Repeat this until the room is calm.

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Numbers” toddler storytime

Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open, shut them, open, shut them,
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them,
Creep them, crawl them,
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not put them in.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Pat-a-cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and prick it, and mark it with a “B”
And put it in the oven for Baby and me!
Source: Traditional

Little Pink Pigs
Tune is Ten Little Indians
One little, two little, three little pink pigs (counting up on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little pink pigs
Seven little, eight little, nine little pink pigs
Ten little piggies in the mud!
All are fat (hold arms out in front) with turned up noses (push nose up with finger)
They don’t smell a bit like roses! (hold nose with one hand, wave other hand in front of face)
Curly tails that look like hoses (draw curls in air)
Rolling in the mud! (roll hands)
Count down!
Ten little, nine little, eight little pink pigs
Seven little, six little, five little pink pigs
Four little, three little, two little pink pigs
One little piggy in the mud!
Source: King County Library System 

 

Song” Jim Gill’s “Jumping and Counting

Book – Numbers and Counting by Ruth Owen

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe (pat foot)
Three, four, shut the door (clap)
Five, six, pick up sticks
(show fingers)
Seven, eight, lay them straight (pat floor)
Nine, ten, a big fat hen!
(make wings and cluck)
Source: Traditional

Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel
My little one shall have a tickle!
One for his/her nose (tickle nose)
And one for his/her toes (tickle toes)
And one for his/her tummy where the hotdog goes! (tickle tummy)
Source: Library Meow

Diddle Diddle Dumpling
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his breeches on,
One stocking off, and one stocking on;
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.
Source: Traditional

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

 Rainbows in my Bubbles
Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early Literacy Tip: Let your baby know that you hear her babbles, coos, and gurgles. Repeat the sounds she makes. Smile back. When you respond to her sounds, she learns that what she “says” means something and is important to you. Sometimes, you can supply the language for her. When your baby stretches her arm toward her bottle and says “ga-ga-ga,” say, “Oh, you’re ready for some milk? Here’s your milk. Isn’t it good?”
Source: Partnerships for Reading

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“Days of the Week” preschool storytime

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Busy Builders, Busy Week by Jean Reidy

Song: “Hammer and Saw” – Jim Gill

Five Little Nails
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails to pound.
Source: King County Library System

Days of the Week
(Tune: The Addams Family)
Days of the Week (clap clap)
Days of the Week (clap clap)
Days of the week, days of the week
Days of the Week (clap clap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday
There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday
And then there’s Saturday
Days of the Week (clap clap)
Days of the Week (clap clap)
Days of the week, days of the week
Days of the Week (clap clap)

Book – Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

Song: “I Know a Chicken” – Laurie Berkner

Chicken Fun
Chicken 1 and chicken 2
Let’s all do the chicken chew
bwak-bwak-bwak, bwak-bwak-bwak,
(strut around, flapping “wings” and squawking)
Chicken 2 and chicken 3
Let’s all climb the chicken tree…
Chicken 3 and Chicken 4
Let’s all shut the chicken door
Chicken 4 and chicken 5
Let’s all do the chicken jive!
Source: King County Library System

Five Eggs and Five Eggs
Five eggs and five eggs
And that makes ten
Sitting on top is mother hen
Cackle, cackle, cackle
And what do I see?
Ten fluffy chicks as yellow as can be
Source: Storytime Katie

Book- Monday is One Day by Arthur A. Levine

Felt Board – Mr. Lou’s Mustache

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush,
Mulberry bush, mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning
This is the way we wake up and stretch…
So early Monday morning…
This is the way we wash our hands…
So early Tuesday morning…
This is the way we brush our teeth…
So early Wednesday morning…
This is the way we comb our hair…
So early Thursday morning…
This is the way we put on our shoes…
So early Friday morning…
This is the way we eat our food…
So early Saturday morning…
This is the way we read a book…
So early Sunday morning…
Source: Storytime Source Page 

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Consistent routines, activities that happen at about the same time and in about the same way each day, provide comfort and a sense of safety to young children. Whether it is time to play, time for a snack, a nap, or a loved one to return, knowing what will happen next gives children security and emotional stability. It helps them learn to trust that caring adults will provide what they need. When children feel this sense of trust and safety, they are free to do their “work,” which is to play, explore, and learn.
Source: Zero to Three

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“Gaga for Green” Little Ones event

This month I held a “Gaga for Green” event for ages 2-5. We held this at the library twice (Tues and Sat) and at an outreach event in Severance once (Thurs). In honor of spring and St. Patrick’s Day, we explored activities on the subject of the color green.

We mixed yellow and blue food coloring in baggies of corn syrup.

We made 4 leaf clover stamps out of green peppers, like this post from Learn Play Imagine. Make sure your peppers have 4 bumps on the bottom. These work great!

We practiced our fine  motor skills with glitter and glue. (My janitor loves me.)


One kiddo drew G’s in his G.

We practiced more fine motor skills by planting a garden like this post from No Time for Flash Cards.

 
We made “edible” slime, like this post from Play Learn Grow for a free play table. I was looking for our playdoh tools but couldn’t find any so last minute I grabbed our animals. It seemed to work out well.

One little boy said he made a new mane for the lion.

One little girl said she had to apply sunscreen to her elephant.
I told her as a redhead, I approved.

This was messy fun. Erin Go Bragh!

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“Zoo 2” yoga storytime

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Sun Salutations
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I used these sun salutations from Yoga Games for Children as posted by Breathe. Flow. Grow. Yoga. 

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Tiger – cat/cow
Mouse – child’s pose/balasana
Fox – table with one leg stretched out behind like a fox tail. Switch legs to do both sides.
Ox – Goddess/utkata konasana
Monkey – Jump around like a monkey.
Deer – warrior I/virabhadrasana I
Lion – lion’s breath
Goat – Downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana kicking legs into the air like a goat
Snake – cobra/bhujangasana

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “Jogging through the Jungle

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

Namaste!

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“Parts” preschool storytime

Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – Parts by Tedd Arnold

All My Fingers Go to Sleep
(London Bridge)
All my fingers go to sleep (open hands wide)
Go to sleep, go to sleep
(slowly curl fingers into a fist)
All my fingers go to sleep.
Now wake up! (quickly open hands again)
Source: King County Library System

Song: Jim Gill’s “Stick to the Glue

Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Source: Traditional

Variation 2- Cat version
Head, shoulders, knees and paws,
Knees and paws,
Head, shoulders, knees and paws,
Knees and paws,
Eyes and ears and whiskers and claws,
Head, shoulders, knees and paws, knees and paws.

Variation 3 – Insect Anatomy
Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen.
Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen.
Two eyes, six legs, antennae and some wings.
Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen.
Source: King County Library System

Book – I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

Song: Jim Gill’s “Toe Leg Knee

I Can
I can make my hands go
clap, clap, clap;
clap, clap, clap;
clap, clap, clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap, ‘cuz they’re a part of me.
I can make my feet go stomp, stomp, stomp;
I can make my eyes go blink,
I can make my legs go jump,
I can make my head go up and down
I can make my tongue go in and out
Source: King County Library System

I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor (with a tunnel)
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it one bit
Oh no! He’s got my toe!
Oh Gee! He’s got my knee!
Oh My! He’s got my thigh!
Oh Fiddle! He’s got my middle!
Oh Heck! He’s got my neck!
Oh Dread! He’s got my – GULP
Source: Shel Silverstein/King County Library System 

Book- Go Away, Big Green Monster

Song – Jim Gill’s “Spaghetti Legs

If You’re a Monster and You Know It
If you’re a monster and you know it,
Wave your arms,
If you’re a monster and you know it,
Wave your arms,
If you’re a monster and you know it,
Then your arms will surely show it,
If you’re a monster and you know it,
Wave your arms
stomp your feet…,
show your claws…
growl out loud…
Source: Adapted traditional

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: Use your body to tell a story! With body language you can capture attention, create atmosphere, emotion, and draw in your children. There are many different non-verbal actions you can use to embellish your stories, you can use them to set the tone or mood of your story, to add surprise, show emotion, create different characters and make them believable. It also happens to be a lot of fun to do.
Source: From Growing Creative Kids (site no longer active)

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“Yoga Bunny” yoga storytime

This was a very exciting storytime! We had Brian Russo, the author of Yoga Bunny, google hangout with us so he could read his story while we did the poses!

Opening – How I explain the rules of yoga storytime: stay on your mat, and keep your hands to yourself.
(Skip to my Lou –  from Jim Gill)
Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position)

Are you Ready for Yoga? 
Are you ready for yoga?
If you’re ready, then stomp your feet
Stomp your feet and make some noise.
Let’s stomp our feet and make some noise
And do it really fast
Then stop. Stretch your feet up, up, up
And down.
Repeat with arms then both. 
Source: Next Generation Yoga at the National Kids Yoga Conference

Song: Kira Willey’s “The Shimmy

Sun Salutations
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I used these sun salutations from Yoga Games for Children as posted by Breathe. Flow. Grow. Yoga. 

Open the Book
Arms, legs, both
Close the book. Open the book. Turn the page.
Start seated with arms stretched out in front of you, palms touching. To “open the book,” stretch the arms wide. To close it, bring them back together. To “turn the page,” open just the right arm and close it, then the left arm and close it. Repeat “turning pages” until the kids giggle. Repeat the whole sequence using legs instead of arms. Then try arms and legs together. 

Book – Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo
Forward fold/ uttanasana
Downward facing dog/ adho mukha svanasana
Tree/ vrksasana

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
Till it’s nearly noon?
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Oh, so still. Are they ill?
Wake up, little bunnies!
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Hop little bunnies, till I say stop.
Source: So many versions of this song! Here is one with a ukulele! (Random fact: Did you know Miss Mary and I both have tattoos of Pete the Cat?)

Bunny Breath, as taught by Kira Willey

Hoberman Sphere Breathing Ball

Savasana 

Peace begins with me
Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.
Source: Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training

We colored a mandala very similar to this one.

Thanks again to Brian Russo! The kids loved seeing him on the screen, and the boys especially loved seeing a male adult do yoga with them.

Namaste!

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“Pirates!” preschool storytime

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Opening Song
I wiggle my fingers. I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my ears. I wiggle my nose.
I wiggle my shoulders. I wiggle my chin.
I stretch my arms wide and pull them back in.
I wiggle my elbows. I wiggle my knees.
I hop like a bunny. I smile and say, “Cheese!”
Now I have no more wiggles left in me
And I sit on the floor as still as can be.
Source: Storytime with Jason

Book – I Love my Pirate Papa! by Laura Leuck

Song: Koo-Koo Kanga Roo’s “Pirate Prep

I’m a Little Pirate
(
tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little pirate, how ‘bout that.
Here is my eye-patch, here is my hat.
When I pull the plug, the boat it sank,
That’s why they made me walk the plank!
Source: King County Library System

I’m a Pirate
I am a pirate it’s true. (point to self, nod)
I’ve sailed the ocean blue.
(move hand in waving motion)
With a parrot on my shoulder,
(point to shoulder)
No one could be bolder.
(hook thumbs through shirt)
With a patch over my eye,
(place hand over eye)
No one’s as mean as I. (make mad face)
So if you see me coming,
(place hand over eyes, look around)
You’d better start a running!
(slap hands against legs)
Source: Library Sparks

 Ten Little Pirates
Ten little pirates stood in a row
(hold up all ten fingers)
They bowed to their captain so
(lower and raise fingers)
They marched to the left
And marched to the right
They shouted yo-ho! (cup hands over mouth)
And gave their captain a fright
(act scared, cover mouth with hands)
Source: Storytime Katie

Book – Tough Boris by Mem Fox

Song: Jim Gill’s “I’m so Mad…

Book – Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

After a Bath
After a bath I try, try, try
To wipe myself ‘til I’m dry, dry, dry
Hands to wipe and fingers and toes
Two wet legs and shiny nose.
Just think how much less time
It would take
If I were a dog and could
Shake, shake, shake!
Source: KIDiddles

If You’re a Pirate and You Know It
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
Swab the deck (Swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
Swab the deck (Swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
then you’ll hear sea winds a-blowin’.
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
Swab the deck (Swish, swish)
Say ahoy: Ahoy! (Wave hello)
Walk the plank (Stomp, stomp)
Source: Adapted Traditional

Goodbye
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as high as we can
Good-bye! (in high, squeaky voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as low as we can
Good-bye! (in a deep voice)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as fast as we can
Good-bye! (very quick)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as slow as we can
Good-bye! (very slowly and drawn out)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as quiet as we can
Good-bye! (in a whisper)
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let’s say good-bye as loud as we can
GOOD-BYE! (yelling)
Source: Jbrary

Early literacy tip: If your child likes pirates, read all about them! Read poetry and fiction, and check out books about actual pirates!

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“Feelings and Emotions” toddler storytime

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Opening Rhyme
(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We’re all here today. We’re all here today.
Let’s clap our hands and sing together.
Hip, hip, hooray!
Source: (To be honest, my library was using this before I started so I’m not sure where the previous librarian found it, but it looks like a modified version of Jean Warren’s Preschool Express song here.)

Hello, Hands. Good-bye, Hands.
Hello, hands. (Wave hands in front of face.)
Good-bye, hands. (Hide hands behind back.)
Hello, hands. Good-bye, hands.
My hands were feeling shy today. (Keep hands hidden.)
But now they’re feeling better! (Bring hands out, wave frantically, and smile HUGE.)
Repeat with feet, face, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Wild Feelings by David Milgrim

If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re angry and you know it,
stomp your feet,
If you’re scared and you know it, hide your eyes.
Source: Adapted Traditional

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Where is Happy?
Where is happy? Where is happy?
Here I am (smile.)­­
ow are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Repeat with other emotions, using voice to convey feelings
Source: Adapted Traditional

Two Little Feet go Tap, Tap, Tap.
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
A quick jump up from my chair,
Two little arms reach high in the air.

Two little feet go jump, jump, jump.
Two little hands go thump, thump, thump.
One little body sways round and round.
And everyone sits quietly back down.
Source: Sunflower Storytime

Bell Horses (with bells)
Bell horses, bell horses,
What’s the time of day?
One o’clock, two o’clock,
Time to go away.
Little bell, little bell,
Where are you?
Source: Traditional

Tap Your Hand (Row your Boat)
Tap, tap, tap your hand
With your bell today.
Tap the beat – of the song.
Tap your bell this way.

Tap, tap, tap your hand
With your bell today.
Let’s make music with our hands
Then put our bells away
Source: Preschool Express

Book – The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
I have ten little fingers
and ten little toes
Two little arms and one little nose
One little mouth and two little ears
Two little eyes for smiles & tears.
One little head and two little feet.
One little chin, that’s me, complete!
Source: Everything Preschool

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

Rainbows in my Bubbles
(Tune of She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one.
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do.
Source: Preschool Express

Good-bye Song
(Tune of Ten Little Indians)
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with one hand, then with the other
Wave with both feet now
Repeat with other body parts
Source: King County Library System

Play Time!

Early literacy tip:Toys and blocks with letters imprinted on them are great for the little ones. Flashcards with words and letters can be great for creating games with your toddlers. Remember also, that if a child does not want to play with you, put the games away and try again later. Forcing a child to play may cause negative feelings about the activity. Reading should always be presented as fun and never as a chore. Don’t forget to be a good role model when it comes to reading. Take the time to curl up with a good book when you can and make sure your child sees you enjoying it!
Source: Mighty Mommy

 

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“Tunnels and Tubes” little ones event

This month I held a Tunnels and Tubes event for ages 2-5. We held this at the library twice (Tues and Sat) and at an outreach event in Severance once. I mostly took inspiration from this post by Library Makers. I am trying to make my events more free play and free exploration-based. Creativity, which is needed for problem-solving and critical thinking has been declining, so I am trying to introduce activities which simply let kids explore concepts and generate ideas without being told what to do.

I collected wrapping paper tubes and whatever other types of pipes staff donated. I put these on the floor with some Pop Toobs, matchbox cars, and bouncy balls.
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I had a color sorting station like this post. The kids could either use their fingers or tongs to put the pompoms down the tubes.
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A fabulous coworker made a tunnel box for cars to drive through.

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I had a bracelet making station where kids could thread a pipecleaner through the “tunnel” of the bead.

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Tube Locks was a VERY popular station (with the kids – not with the staff in the library who could hear the noise. Totally worth it in my opinion). Make sure you leave baby wipes or some sort of cleaner on the table!
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I also had a water station. One little girl stayed at this station for the entire hour. They were soaked and had a blast. I used measuring cups, marbles (warning the adults about the small pieces), and more Pop Toobs. Also, turkey basters FTW.

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