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Love and Sharing 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 

Open 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. 

Sun Salutations – I use a call and response version of Sargeant Salutations from Kidding Around Yoga. 

Book – Plant a Kiss by Amy Krause Rosenthal
It goes like this.
Little Miss planted a kiss. (child’s pose)
Planted a kiss? Planted a kiss. (Stretch up on knees. Child’s pose)
Sunshine. Water. Greet. Repeat. (Sun salutations)
Wait and wait. Getting late. (Mountain pose. Child’s pose)
Doubt. Pout.
Sprout. Shout! Shout! (Rise to standing. 5 pointed star pose with jump)
Gather about (bear twists)
Wow! How? What now? Stare and stare. (Malasana – yogic squat)
“I’ll share!” she declared. Don’t you dare! It’s far too rare. It’ll go bare! (Mountain pose, raise arms)
She didn’t care. From there – everywhere! (triangle pose, both sides)
To and fro. High and low. (warrior II, both sides)
Rain or snow. (Forward fold, mountain) With a bow! (eagle pose, both sides)
Alas, time to go. So she returned. There she learned. From one little kiss (easy seated pose)
Endless bliss (anjali mudra)

Song: Kidding Around Yoga- “This Little Light of Mine 

Hugs and Kisses pose  

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

Breathing ball – I pass the ball around and show the kids how to open it with a deep inhale and close it with an exhale.

Savasana
This was a guided savasana, using the color red. Imagine the color red. Imagine it starting at your heart and filling your whole body. The color red feels like love. Imagine that you are filled with love. Imagine you see someone very important to you, maybe your mom or dad, or brother or sister, or grandma or grandpa. Imagine you give them some of that red love, and then they are filled with it. And imagine it keeps spreading, and everyone in the world is filled with that love.

Mandala coloring

 

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Construction Toddler Storytime

construction toddler

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: Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges

Song – “Hammer Ring” – Barry G and the Dream Jam Kids

This is the Way We Build Our House
This is the way we pound our nails,
pound our nails, pound our nails,
This is the way we pound our nails,
So early in the morning.
This is the way we saw our wood…
Turn the screw
Stack the bricks
Paint the walls
Source: Everything Preschool

A House for Me
The carpenter’s hammer
Goes rap, rap, rap, pound hand with fist
And his saw goes see, saw, see,
Move arm in sawing motion
He hammers and hammers, hammer
And he saws and saws, saw
And he builds a house for me.
Make house out line with fingers
Source: King County Library System 

Book – Tip Tip Dig Dig

Steam Shovel
Here is a steam shovel. Hold right forearm erect, hand drooping
And here is the ground.
two arms enclose area
See the great boom right elbow stationary, forearm moving side to side
Swing round and round.
It dips, it, bites, forearms dips, thumb and fingers in grasping motion
It lifts, it throws, forearm lifts,
thumb and fingers spin
My, how the hole In the ground grows! two hands enclose circle
Digging, scooping,
Lifting, throwing,
See how the hill
forearms with hands meeting
Beside it is growing
Source: Pre-K Fun

Dump Truck
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Bumpity-bumpity comes the dump truck,
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuump out the load.
Source: Pre-K Fun

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:   Encourage movement in your toddler! Some ideas include:

  • push-and-pull toys from eight months
  • any music
  • simple songs and rhymes that let your toddler copy actions
  • ride-on toys from 12 months
  • playground equipment from 12 months
  • different-sized containers to help your toddler practice fine motor skills by putting small containers into larger ones
  • puzzles and large Lego
  • soft balls to roll and toss and kick
  • Go outside!

 

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Dinosaurs preschool storytime

dinosaur preschool
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 – Tyrannosaurus Wrecks by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs lived a long time ago
Some walked  (stomp)
Some swam  (swim motions)
Some flew, you know!  (flying motions)
Some were big  (hands above head)
Some were small  (squat down low)
Some were gigantic  (stretch arms to side)
And very, very, tall  (stretch arms up high)
Source: King County Library System

 Dinosaur Egg
Inside her egg shell, white and round,
Baby dino 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

 Dinosaurs Used to Stomp
Dinosaurs used to stomp
Dinosaurs used to roar
But now they’re quiet
And quite still
Because they exist no more
Source: I could have sworn I got this from KCLS, but nothing is coming up in a google search. While I would love to take credit for it, I’m certain it didn’t come from my head. If anyone knows a source for this, please pass it along!

Book – The Dinosaur Museum by Joann Early Macken (getting down with some non-fiction)

Song – “Goldfish” by Laurie Berkner (I had planned on playing Nancy Stewart’s Dino Cars, but my iPod wasn’t working. We left the dino theme to play another one of the storytime faves.)

 

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Where Can You Be
Dinosaur, dinosaur, where can you be? (thumbs behind back)
Hiding behind me, where no one can see
Now you see one, (one thumb out in front)
She’s looking at you.
Here comes the other (other thumb out)
And now there are two (Try to let the children complete this sentence!)
Source: King County Library System

Book – See Me Run by Paul Meisel (Some of the older kiddos may be able to help you read this. It’s so silly and one of my faves.)

Song – “Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill (For whatever reason, the kids in my first session were obsessed with counting the dogs on every page in See Me Run, so I took that counting energy into an impromptu dance break. It worked so we did it again in the second session.)

Felt Board – Five Dinosaurs
Five enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar.
One stomped away and then there were four.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Four enormous dinosaurs knocking down a tree.
One stomped away. Then there were three.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Three enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew.
One stomped away and then there were two.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!

Two enormous dinosaurs sitting in the sun.
One flapped away and then there were one.
Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, ROAR!

One enormous dinosaur left all alone.
He stomped away and then there were none.
Stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp, ROAR!
Source: King County Library System

 Good-bye
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: Play games that help promote focus and that require children to pay attention; I Spy, puzzles, musical chairs, guessing games, Simon Says, and Red Light/ Green Light are all examples of games that promote focus-play.  You can buy puzzles, or simply tear magazine pictures into odd shapes and have your child “find the picture” by putting it back together. – The Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky

 

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Dinosaurs toddler storytime

dinosaur toddler

 

 

 

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.)

Where, oh Where are Baby’s Fingers?
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers? Where, oh where are baby’s toes?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
‘Round and round it goes
Where, oh where are baby’s ears?
Where, oh where is baby’s nose?
Where’s the baby’s belly button?
Round and round it goes.
Source: King County Library System

Book – Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Where Can You Be
Dinosaur, dinosaur, where can you be? (both thumbs behind back)
Hiding behind me, where no one can see
Now you see one,
She’s looking at you.
Here come the other
And now there are two
Source: King County Library System

Scarf Play
Peek-a-boo
Scarf Toss (literally, just tossing the scarves in the air, while saying, “1,2,3 – weee!!!!)!

Scarf Song
(tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My scarf goes up. My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes around, around, around, around, around.
My scarf goes in. My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about, about, about.
Source: No clue where I originally saw or heard this, but here is a PDF.)

Book – Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

 Dinosaur Egg
Inside her egg shell, white and round,
Baby dino 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

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

Early literacy tip:   Parent-gesture helps children learn to communicate. Pointing is first exhibited around 8 months and is one of the first gestures children use to communicate. Children more likely to gesture have parents who gesture. Children with larger vocabularies when they were older were more likely to have used gestures when they were younger.  – The Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky

Play Time!

 

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Mice preschool storytime

mice preschool

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 – If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Song – Jim Gill “Silly Dance Contest”

Felt Story – Five Little Mice/ Cinco Ratoncitos
Cinco ratoncitos de colito gris (Five little mice with gray tails)
Muevan las orejas. Muevan la nariz. (Move their ears. Move their noses)
Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco (1,2,3,4,5)
Corren al rincon (Run to the corner)
Porque viene el gato (Because here comes the cat)
A comer raton! (to eat a mouse!)
I used 5 felt mice and a cat puppet. The cat “eats” a mouse, and we count down until there are no mice left. I did the rhyme in Spanish and English once and then switched completely to Spanish. My Spanish is not
perfecto, by any means, but I love exposing the kids to another language. Also, for reasons unknown, they LOVE this rhyme!
Source: I stole this rhyme from the fabulous lady who does our Spanish storytime, but you can see an example here

Book – Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George

Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house
He’s been here for a week.
He bounces in the kitchen, (bounce to one side)
He bounces in the den, (bounce to the other side)
He bounces in the living room,
Look! There he goes again!
Boing! Boing! Squeak! Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house,
He’s been here for a week.
Source: King County Library System (Get your cardio out of the way at work

Hurry Scurry Mousie
Hurry scurry mousie
Starts down at your toes. (touch toes)
Hurry scurry mousie (walk fingers up body with words.)
Past your knees he goes.
Hurry scurry mousie
Past where your tummy is.
Hurry scurry mousie
Gives you a mousie kiss. (kiss fingers.)
Source: King County Library System

Book – Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

Felt Board – Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are You in the House?

Ears and Whiskers, Tail and Feet
(Tune: Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Ears and whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet.
Ears and whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet.
Pet my fur and give a little squeak!
Ears and whiskers, tail and feet, tail and feet
Source: King County Library System

 Good-bye
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: Some children love to sit and listen to books, while other children love to move. Help your child enjoy both by selecting books that allow him/her to listen and move. Books that have a repeated phrase throughout the story also allow your child to participate.

Dumb joke of the week: Why did they kick Cinderella off the baseball team?

She kept running away from the ball.

 

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Mice toddler storytime

toddler mice

 

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 – Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

Scarf Play
Peek-a-boo
Scarf Toss (literally, just tossing the scarves in the air, while saying, “1,2,3 – weee!!!!)!

 Scarf Dance
(Tune of Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush)
Wave the scarf above your head
Above your head, above your head.
Wave the scarf above your head.
Now drop it on the ground.
Stretch your arms up to the sky.
To the sky, to the sky.
Stretch your arms up to the sky.
Now make a clapping sound.
Pick your scarf up off the ground
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground.
Now twirl and dance around.
Source: King County Library System

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory, dickory, dock!
The mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck one,
And down he run,
Hickory, dickory, dock!.
Source: traditional

Book – Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Elizabeth Barrett George

 Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house
He’s been here for a week.
He bounces in the kitchen, (lean to one side)
He bounces in the den, (lean to the other side)
He bounces in the living room,
Look! There he goes again!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
Boing! Boing! Squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house,
He’s been here for a week.
Source: King County Library System

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:  Letting your child select a few of his/her own books is a great way to make reading personal for your child. Non-fiction books can be fun as well! Look for titles about subjects your child enjoys: princesses, dinosaurs, trains, dancing…

 

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Miss Andrea’s Preschool Faves

Starting off the new year with some of my favorite stories, songs, and rhymes!
january preschool faves

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 – Count the Monkeys! by Mac Barnett

Bananas
Calling bananas of the world!
Bananas unite. Bananas split.
Slide to the left and slide to the right
Peel your banana and, yum, take a bite!
Go Bananas, go go bananas!
Go Bananas, go go bananas!
Source: King County Library System

Felt Board – Five Hungry Ants
Five hungry ants were marching in a line
They came across a picnic where they could dine.
They marched into the salad. They marched into the cake.
They marched into the pepper. Uh-oh, that was a mistake.
A-a-a-choo! (Sneeze one ant away, and count down until zero ants.)

A Ram Sam Sam
A ram sam sam
A ram sam sam
Guli guli guli guli guli
Ram sam sam
A rafi, a rafi,
Guli guli guli guli guli
A ram sam sam
Source: Storyblocks (If you haven’t checked out Storyblocks, please do! They’re really cool, and not just because I am in it!)

Book – Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Song – “Goldfish” by Laurie Berkner 

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping
‘Til 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 ‘til I say stop
Source: Mr. Russ (I’ve seen this in a lot of libraries, but I love this guy’s extra verses!)

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

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy thumbs up, Tommy thumbs down
Tommy thumbs dancing all over town
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed
Source: King County Library System

Good-bye
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

 

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Miss Andrea’s Toddler Faves

To start off the new year (and to not put too much pressure on myself right off the bat), I usually start off January’s storytimes with no particular theme and just read some of my favorite books. Here’s what went down:
toddler tales faves Jan 15

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: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill (show both thumbs)
One named Jack (wiggle one thumb)
And one named Jill (wiggle other thumb)
Fly away, Jack. (Hide first thumb behind back.)
Fly away, Jill. (Hide other thumb.)
Come back, Jack. Come back, Jill. (Bring thumbs back in front, one at a time.)
Source: King County Library System

Ram Sam Sam
Ram sam sam. Ram sam sam.
Guli guli guli guli.
A ram sam sam.
A rafi. A rafi.
Guli guli guli guli.
A ram sam sam.
We usually start really slowly with this song and work our way up to super super fast.
Source: Storyblocks – (shameless self-promotion)

Book – Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

Scarf Play
Peek-a-boo
Scarf Toss (literally, just tossing the scarves in the air, while saying, “1,2,3 – weee!!!!)

Scarf Song
(tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My scarf goes up. My scarf goes down.
My scarf goes around, around, around, around, around.
My scarf goes in. My scarf comes out.
My scarf flies about, about, about, about, about.
Source: No clue where I originally saw or heard this, but here is a PDF.)

Scarf Dance
(Tune of Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush)
Wave the scarf above your head
Above your head, above your head.
Wave the scarf above your head.
Now drop it on the ground.
Stretch your arms up to the sky.
To the sky, to the sky.
Stretch your arms up to the sky.
Now make a clapping sound.
Pick your scarf up off the ground
Off the ground, off the ground.
Pick the scarf up off the ground.
Now twirl and dance around.
Source: King County Library System

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!

That storytime was about 20 minutes long with a 10 minute toy time at the end. I had 20 parents and kids in the first session and 32 in the second. There were a lot of “older” kids (over 3) because school is out today, and everyone had a blast!

 

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