“Shine” 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 – The Sun Dance by Bari Koral

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. 

We talked about letting our hearts shine, about letting ourselves see the beauty in everything around us and being happy.

Book – Shine by Patrick McDonnell
-Little Hoshi – Five pointed star
-Every night she would gaze at the twinkling stars – supine star pose, sit up and reach for the stars. Repeat the sit up motion.
-colorful coral – fish/matsyasana and crab walk
-minnows – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
-whale – cat/cow (pretend to use blowhole when in cat pose)
-“I want to shine” – turtle pose
-down to the murky bottom – forward fold/uttanasana
-close eyes and make a wish – sukhasana/crisscross apple sauce and close eyes, make wish
-pointed to her heart and shined – camel/ustrasana (the Care Bear Stare of yoga, ha!)
-swam up –  uttanasana to ardha uttanasana to tadasana/ forward fold to 1/2 way up to standing in mountain
-so many endless and exciting possibilities – bear twists. Standing twist from side to side swinging arms wide.

Song: “This Little Light of Mine” – Kidding Around Yoga
I passed around glow sticks for this song and turned off the lights so we could watch ourselves shine.

Star Breath – I used these stars from Omazing Kids yoga.

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

star mandala coloring page from Kids Magical Mandalas

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“Teddy Bear Picnic” little ones event

Summer has been INSANE here so far, and our little ones events have been the most attended.

Sixty people vistied with Pocahontas and a Galatic Warrior from Wands and Wishes for stories and adventure.

We had 135 people in attendance for our Funny Bunny Magic Show with Connie Elstun. (If anyone doubts that we need a larger library with more programming space, that number alone is your proof.)

And our Teddy Bear picnic had 95 people at the library and 35  at our repeat outreach event!

We started the picnic with an active reading of Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen like this post from Weekend Notes. I used green crepe paper for the grass, I placed a blue blanket in our kiddie pool for the river, and I used a brown tarp for the mud. (I skipped the rest of the verses.)

We made teddy bear snacks like this. We didn’t toast the bread, and I used sunflower butter instead of peanut butter to be safe.

We used plastic forks to paint teddy bears like this post from Crafty Morning.

We graphed and sorted and enhanced our early math skills with gummy bears like this post from Pre-Kinders. I only used the graph and the color sorting printables for the sake of time.

We practiced threading and fine motor skills by making edible honeycomb necklaces and bracelets like this post from You are the Roots because, of course, bears love honey!

Both the kids and the teddy bears had a lovely time today!

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“Frogs” 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 – Beware of the Frog by William Bee

Song: “Mr. Eric’s Jumping Song” – Mr. Eric

Felt Board
Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs – yum, yum!
(rub tummy)
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green  speckled frogs.
Glumph, glumph.
Source: Traditional

Book – The Croakey Pokey by Ethan Long

A Fly is on my Toe
A fly is on my toe,
a fly is on my toe,
hi-ho, just watch me blow (whoo, whoo)
a fly is on my toe
Repeat with other body parts, such as nose, elbow, knee, belly, etc.
Source: King County Library System

Mmm Ahh went the Little Green Frog
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog.
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day.
And they all went mmm, mmm, ahh.
But…
We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.
(clap) shanananana. (clap) shanananana.
We know frogs go (clap) shanananana.
They don’t go mmm, mmm, ahh.
Source: Traditional

 

Song: “When the Saints go Marching In” – Mr. Eric

Book – Big Frog Can’t Fit In – Mo Willems

Mr Bullfrog
Mr. Bullfrog Little Green Frog
(pretend to be a frog)
Here’s Mister Bullfrog (make a fist)
Sitting on a rock (put fist on flat palm)
Into the water he jumps (jump fist up)
Kerplop! (clap once loudly)
Source: Perry Public Library

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: Take a trip to the aquarium or a pet store to look at the frogs. See if you can find them in nature! Talk about tadpoles and metamorphosis.

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“Build Your Own Playground” summer event


Our library’s Summer Reading Program has transformed this year into the Summer Adventure Program.  We held a kick off event today for all ages. We had a “Build a Birdfeeder” station, a “Build an Edible Necklace” station, a “Build a Pinwheel” station, and an inflatable planetarium (which we hired).

However, I wanted to focus on the Build Your Own Playground station. Pop-up Playgrounds are popping up (pun intended) all over. I recently saw a bunch of examples at the Interactivity conference earlier this month, and we had heard about one in Denver even before that. Simply put, a pop-up playground is a place where children are free to use the materials provided in whatever manner they choose. We provided boxes, wheels, tires, tubes, bubble, wrap, and tape and then let the kids run free. While this event was for all ages, and not just the under 5 crowd I normally work with, this type of event would work for all ages, as long as the supplies were appropriate. Remember to have lots of tape!!!

 

They made a tire swing, rocket ships, houses, tipis, robots, and more! And check out the evolution of this kid’s car!

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“Space!” little ones event

This month we held an outer space event at the library twice (Tues and Sat mornings) and at an outreach event (Thursday morning). May is sadly a notoriously slow month attendance-wise, but those who came had a BLAST.

We charted our own constellations like this post.

We tied sponges to our feet and walked on the moon in our space shoes.
 

We made rockets that blasted off into space. I modified this post because I didn’t have plastic pipettes. We simply colored 2 rockets and then taped them together leaving a hole at the bottom for the straw. Make sure to tape the rockets together, leaving no holes for air to escape through.

We learned how craters in the moon are formed and how planets orbit the sun.

We studied moon rocks in our outer space exploration suit.

We guided our rocket ships into and out of space safely with our NASA control center from this post.

 

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“I Just Want to Say Goodnight” yoga bedtime 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: 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.

Cookie Dough relaxation
I wasn’t sure how this would work because I could see the kids getting so excited about it that it would actually rile them up, versus calm them down.
Source: Kids Play Smarter

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 – I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora
Fish – locust pose/salabhasana
cat – cat/cow
bird – eagle/garudasana
goat – downward facing dog/adho mukha svanasana with goat kicks
monkey – gorilla pose/padahastasana
chicken- malasana
ants – table pose, march up and down your mat
dog – puppy pose/anhatasana
rock – child’s pose/bhakasana
book – seated, open arms wide like opening a book
moon – seated side bends

Goddess pose/ utkata konasana – Breathing in, stand up straight. Exhale into goddess x 3. Last one exhale into wide leg forward fold
Falling star
Kissy Knee
baddha konasana/butterfly
bridge pose/ setu bandha sarvangasana 
happy baby/ ananda balasana

Wishy Washer – Seated twists/ parivritta sukhasana with arms in cactus- Make sure the kids twist to the right first (mirror them) to aid in digestion before bed.
Tumble Dry

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’sWhen You Sleep” 

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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“Mindfulness” 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. 

We talked about mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention to something. For adults, mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, without judgment.

Song: “Stop and Go” – Kira Willey

Book – Wait by Antoinette Portis
dog – puppy pose/anahatasana
cement mixer – standing forward fold/uttanasana
duck – malasana, flap arms and quack
ice cream – ask each child what scoop they would put on their ice cream cone. “Build” a cone and add each child’s choice to the top. Stretch taller with each addition.
fish – salabhasana/locust pose, swim your arms and legs
butterfly – baddha konasana, flap your butterfly wings
running to the train – run in place
rainbow – either downward dog/adho mukha svanasana OR urdhva dhanurasana/wheel, depending on the abilities of the kids

Song: “Listen and Move” – Greg and Steve

Mindfulness Exercise
I read about this in an article for yoga for children with special needs. It’s similar to an exercise I have done with bean bags. For the bean bag activity, tell the children to place a bean bag on their heads and run across the room, keeping the bean bag on their heads without holding on to it with their hands. It’s almost impossible. But if you walk slowly and mindfully, you can balance the bean bag on your head with less difficulty. This activity was similar but uses bells. Give the children a bell. Have them walk across the room with their bells. Their bells probably ring. Have them walk slowly and mindfully, trying to get the bells to stay quiet.

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

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“Eggs!” 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 – Egg by KEvin Henkes

Song: Mr. Eric’s “Shake Shake

1,2 Shake it on your Shoe
1, 2, shake it on your shoe
3, 4, shake it on the floor
5, 6, stir and mix
7, 8, stand up straight
9, 10 wave to your friends
Source: Jbrary

Shake it to the East
Shake it to the east
Shake it to the west
Shake it all around
and then you take a rest
Shake your shakers up
Shake your shakers down
Shake it, shake it, shake it,
and then you settle down.
Source: Jbrary

Book – Hurry Hurry! by Eve Bunting

Inside her Eggshell
Inside her egg shell, white and round,
Baby dinosaur is safe and sound.
But she wants to come out into the light ,
So she pushes and shoves
with all her might.
Her shell soon cracks and creaks and pops,
One big jump and out she pops!
Source: Preschool Express

Oh I Wish I Were a Teeny Tiny Egg
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg.
I would roll and roll around,
Rolling all around the ground.
Oh, I wish I were a teeny tiny egg
Source: Preschool Express

Five Eggs and Five Eggs
Five eggs and five eggs (show a fist on one hand, then the other)
And that makes ten
Sitting on top is Mother Hen (bring fists together)
Cackle, cackle, cackle
And what do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens (Open hands and wiggle fingers)
Yellow as can be!
Source: Storytime Katie
(I used this as fingerplay instead of a flannel, but either way works!)

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: Take your kids to the farm! Read books about farm animals and eggs hatching, and then let them experience the farm firsthand!  

 

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“No Bake Food Fiesta” little ones event

April is One Book 4 Colorado month, in which every 4-year-old in the state of Colorado receives a free picture book! This year’s giveaway title is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, and to celebrate, we made a mess of our own! We  held this event twice: once at the library and once at an outreach event in Severance.

I laid a spread of food out for the kids to choose from and encouraged them to combine foods. I gave them plastic cutlery so they could practice their fine motor skills. Whip cream and cookie sandwiches were, by far, the favorite meal both days.

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“Shredded Paper Messy Fun!” little ones event

April is One Book 4 Colorado month, in which every 4-year-old in the state of Colorado receives a free picture book! This year’s giveaway title is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, and to celebrate, we made a mess of our own!

I saved about 2 months of shredded paper and dumped them into our meeting room. I put them on top of the storytime rugs so that the wood floors wouldn’t be too slippery. Of course, it went everywhere anyway. And for those of you wondering, yes, I am the one who cleans this up.


Some kiddos thought that watching from the sidelines was a safer bet.

I love when the moms get into it.

And of course, I was “forced” to play.

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