“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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“Guess Who Haiku” preschool storytime

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We started with a guessing game.  I cut a hole in a couple of shoeboxes. I put a pinecone in one, playdoh in another, and a blown up balloon in the third. The kids reached their hands in and guessed what the object was simply by feel.

Read Guess Who Haiku by Deanna Caswell.
We talked a little bit about syllables and the 5-7-5 format, but I did not go too into detail on this.

We then made our own guessing books using pictures I had cut out from magazines.
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“Bunny Cakes” preschool book club

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We began by talking about going grocery shopping and buying the ingredients to make a recipe.

Read Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.

We then made a grocery list and went “shopping” for what we needed to make a bunny rice cake.

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“Good Night! Good Night!” pajama yoga storytime

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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: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

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 – Good Night! Good Night! by Carin Berger
stories – sukhasana/ criss cross apple sauce, hold out arms like reading a book
songs – still in sukhasana, hold hands around mouth to sing
hugs and kisses 
dancing
natarajasana/dancer pose
monsters under the bed – I had the kids hold table pose as the bed, while I went around and checked underneath them for monsters.
bunny – rabbit/sasangasana
jumping beans – jump around
monkeys – hop around like monkeys, finish with gorilla pose to calm
tickles – Have the kids start to lie in savasana and tickle them.

Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

I did a modified version of these affirmations. 
squat to gather clouds – I am strong.
moon sidebends – I am peaceful.
garland pose/malasana – I am at ease.
butterfly – I am happy.
child’s pose – I am restful.

Bee Breath. I also have the kids plug their ears for this to make the humming sound more like a bee.

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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“Art” 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 – Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy

Song: They Might Be Giants “Clap Your Hands

Walking Walking (Frere Jacques)
Walking, walking, walking walking
Hop, hop, hop! Hop, hop, hop!
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Now we STOP. Now we STOP.
Source: Super Simple Learning

This is the Way We Stir the Paint
This is the way we stir the paint,
Stir the paint, stir the paint
This is the way we stir the paint
So early in the morning
(dip our brush, paint the paper, blow it dry, frame the picture)
Source: Storytime Katie

Book – Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

Song – Mr. Eric’s “Mi Cuerpo hace Musica

Felt Board – Cinco Ratoncitos
Cinco ratoncitos de colitis gris
Muevan las orejas
Muevan la nariz
Uno, dos, tres, quatro, cinco
Corren al rincon
Porqe viene el gato a comer raton
Source: Pasadena Public Library

The Paintbrush on the Paper
The paintbrush on the paper goes
swish swish swish, swish swish swish,
swish swish swish,
The paintbrush on the paper goes
swish swish swish,
All day long.
The pencil on the paper goes skritch scratch skritch…
The crayon on the paper goes scribble, scribble, scribble…
The Play-dough on the table goes squish, squish, squish…
Source: Storytime Hooligans

Book- Art by Patrick McDonnell

Song: Octopretzel “Jump Around and Dance Around

Felt Board – A-hunting We Will Go
A hunting we will go, a hunting we will go!
We’ll catch a fox and put him in a box,
And then we’ll let him go.
mouse…put her in a house
frog…put him on a log
goat…put her in a boat
bear…put him in a chair
owl … put her in a towel
Source: King County Library System

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: Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Sensori-Motor skills. Art is a cooperative learning experience that provides pleasure, challenge, and a sense of mastery. Instruction in the arts is one of the best ways in which to involve the different modes of learning; through art, children learn complex thinking skills and master developmental tasks.
Source: Early Childhood News

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“In Every Moon there is a Face” pajama yoga

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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: Sarah Pirlte’s “My Roots Go Down” 
rootshero/virasana,  leaning forward and tapping the floor
pinetree on a mountainsidemountain/tadasana
willow – tree/vrksasana
flowerflower pose
waterfall – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “water” cascade to the ground. Repeat 3 times.

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 – In Every Moon There is a Face by Charles Mathes
moonseated side stretch
tree – tree/vrksasana
lacecandlestick/ modified shoulderstand/sarvangasana
wordssphinx pose, bend and windshield wiper legs back and forth
angelsnatarajasana/dancer pose
birdseagle/garudasana
sea – boat/paripurna navasana See if they can hold boat while they sing “Row, Row, Row your Boat
jar of flowers – flower pose
starfive pointed star
childdevotional pose/ bkaktasana
skywarrior III/virabhadrasana III
butterflybaddha konasana/ bound angle
moonseated side stretch

Song: Kira Willey’s “When You Sleep” 

I did a modified version of these affirmations. 
squat to gather clouds – I am strong.
moon sidebends – I am peaceful.
garland pose/malasana – I am at ease.
butterfly – I am happy.
child’s pose – I am restful.

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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“Fish” yoga storytime

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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 – Swallow the Leader : a Counting Book by Danna Smith
1 fish – fish pose/matsyasana
2 fish – Lie in hollow body or banana. Splash arms and legs.
3 fish – Crab walk.
4 fish – rabbit pose/shasangasana. Rise when you blow like a whale.
5 fishfive pointed star for a ray
6 fish – blowfish – Take deep breaths in and out.
7 fish – shark – locust post, shalabasana with hands in prayer position overhead like a dorsal fin
 8 fish – seahorse – Sit in dandasana. Slowly move your legs to walk, then faster to trot, and faster to gallop. Roll back and then up to seated for “WHOA!” This is similar to “Walkin’ Ol’ Joe.”
9 fishturtle pose
Repeat all the poses as you count back down.
On the burp, roll backwards and try to come to standing on your mat without using your hands.

Toe-ga
I tossed out “fish food” (a bag of pompoms) around the room and had the kids collect the pompoms with their toes and place them into bowls. Normally, this game is called “toe-ga.”

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “A Yogi Went to Sea

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

I didn’t offer a craft this time, but I did give each participant a “yoga fish” (fortune teller fish). The fish “bend” into poses!

Namaste!

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“Body Art” Little Ones event

No, we’re not tattooing small children; we used our bodies, mainly hands and feet, to make animals! We held this event at the library and at an outreach event in Severance Town Hall. I simply set out paints, markers, wiggly eyes, and glue, along with some examples from the internet, and then let the families go to town.

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body-art-examples

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“Drive-in!” little ones event

Because our December events are notoriously underattended, I held a program that had minimal work on my part – the drive-in! All I had to do was collect boxes and set out craft supplies. We then watched a double feature of two 5-minute shorts: Snowy Day (the Ezra Jack Keats story) and a Peppa Pig episode called Cold Winter Day. We held this event at the library and at an outreach event in Severance Town Hall.
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“Thanksgiving” yoga storytime

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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 

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

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 – Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes
pie – wide leg forward fold/prasarita padottonasana The middle space between your legs is your pie. Ask the kids what ingredients you want in the pie.  Then pat it and roll it out. For a last deep stretch, place your pie in the oven.
gold leaves floating byseated forward fold/paschimottonasana Inhale arms up. Exhale and let the “leaves” in your hands flutter to the ground. Repeat 3 times.
music and dancing natarajasana/dancer pose
slides – upward plank/purvottanasana
hopscotch – Jump legs wide. Jump in. Hop on one foot, then the other. Repeat.
puppies – puppy pose/anahatasana
catscat/cow
puddlesboat/paripurna navasana See if they can hold boat while they sing “Row, Row, Row your Boat” Add in some other versus, like “If you see an alligator, don’t forget to scream – ahhh!!
cozy cuddlesseated twists with arms hugging self
rides on a sled – Pretend to hike up the hill. Sit in dandasana. Pretend to push off the hill and sled down.
moonseated side stretch

Song: Kidding Around Yoga’s “If You’re Happy and You Know It” Because expressing gratitude actually changes our brains to be happier! 

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

Giving Thanks anjali mudra (“namaste hands”)

Namaste!

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