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“Winter Holiday” 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 

Warm Up
Sun Salutations (call and response, adapted from Kidding Around Yoga’s “Sergeant Salutations”)
Namaste. Reindeer fly up. Santa comes down.
Ragdoll. Ragdoll.
Jumping backwards. Plank pose.
Down dog. Up dog.
Jumping forward. Ragdoll.
Reindeer fly up. Namaste.

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. 

Book – 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera
Partridge in a pear tree – vrkshasana/tree pose (switch sides each verse)
Drumming dogs – drum on legs
Cats – cat pose
Mice – child’s pose/balasana
Stars – star
Bears – gorilla pose
Skiing – Utkatasana/chair pose
Elves baking – horse stance, stirring the batter
Foxes sledding – Dandasana/ staff pose
Snowmen Singing – Tadasana/mountain pose, singing
Reindeer – Virabhadrasana I/ Warrior I (switch sides each verse)
Penguin skating – Dancer/Natarajasana

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (for Solstice)
5-pointed star pose – twinkle your star by touching one hand to the opposite foot and repeating on the other side. For more fun, give each child glow sticks for each hand and turn out the lights to watch the stars twinkle.  
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the sky so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.
For more fun with older kiddos, you can have the kids balance on one leg and then the other in star pose instead of “twinkling.” If they fall over, that’s ok; then they’re falling stars!

Song – Kidding Around Yoga’s “This Little Light of Mine” (for Kwanzaa and Hanukkah’s candle lighting rituals)

Breathing ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were in a magical winter forest, where the sun was shining, making the snow sparkle. The air was crisp and clean and smelled like pine trees. As we went deeper into the forest, we entered a magical grove. Imagine someone or something very important to you is there. It could be your mom or dad, or a friend, or a pet, or a magical creature, like a fairy or wizard. You sit down to talk. You tell this person what you wish for most in this whole world for the upcoming year. Hold on to that wish, and set that as your intention for next year.  (60 second meditation).

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

Snowflake mandala coloring (painting with epsom salts and water like this)

Namaste!

 

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“Christmas and Holiday” preschool storytime

christmas 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 – Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anne Dewdney

Going on a Santa Hunt
We’re going on a Santa hunt.
We can’t wait to see him!
Oh, no!
There’s a lake, an icy, frozen lake.
We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it.
We’ve got to go across it.  Put on your skates (skate, skate, skate, skate).
We’re going on a Santa hunt. . . . .
Oh, no!
A snowstorm.  A whirling, swirling snowstorm.
We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it.
We’ve got to go through it.
(Whooooh, whoooh, whoooh, whoooh.)
We’re going on a Santa hunt. . . .
Oh, no!  A herd of reindeer.  Big reindeer,  with bells around their necks.
We can’t go over them. We can’t go under them.  We’ve got to go through.
(Jingle, jangle, jingle, jangle).
We’re going on a Santa hunt…
Oh, no!  A cave.  A dark, narrow cave.
We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it.
We’ve got to go through it.
(Tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe.)
What’s that at the back of the cave?  Lots of white fur, little black eyes, sharp teeth.
Is it Santa?  No!  It’s!  A!  Polar!  Bear!!
Source: King County Library System

Here is a Chimney
Here is the chimney
(Make fist, enclose thumb)
Here is the top (Palm of hand on top of fist)
Open the lid (Remove hand quickly)
And out Santa will pop (Pop up thumb)
Source: Storytime Katie

Let’s All Do a Little Clapping
(Tune: We Wish You a Merry Christmas)
Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
And spread Christmas cheer.
(Jumping, bending, twirling, sitting)
Source: Jbrary

Song: Laurie Berkner’s “Jingle Bells” (with bells)

Ring Those Bells (tune: Jimmy Crack Corn)
Ring those bells and turn around,
Ring those bells and turn around,
Ring those bells and turn around,
Holiday time is here!
Ring those bells and stamp your feet…
Ring those bells and clap your hands…
Ring those bells and jump up high…
Ring those bells and touch the floor…
Source: King County Library System

Book – Jingle Jingle by Nicola Smee

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (for solstice)
Have the kids spread their arms and legs wide, like a 5-pointed star yoga pose. Cross the midline of the body while singing touch one arm to the opposite leg and then repeating on the other side. 
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Source: Traditional

Spin, Little Dreidels (for Hanukkah)
Spin, little dreidels, go, go, go.
Spin, little dreidels, now go slow.
Spin, little dreidels, jump so high.
Spin, little dreidels, reach for the sky.
Spin, little dreidels, touch your nose.
Spin, little dreidels, stand on your toes.
Spin, little dreidels. take a hop.
Spin, little dreidels, don’t you stop.
Spin, little dreidels, spin around.
Spin, little dreidels, drop to the ground.
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: Letters to Santa are a great way to promote early literacy skills during the holiday season. Color pictures to leave for Santa or to give as gifts. Organize Christmas cookies by shape or color. Line up presents by size on Christmas morning.

Joke! What do you get when you cross a Christmas tree and an iPad?
a pineapple

 

Also, if anyone knows any interactiv eKwanzaa songs/rhymes, please send them my way!

 
 

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“Christmas” 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.)

Book – Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! by Brenda Ponnay

Santa’s on his Way (Farmer in the Dell)
Oh, Santa’s on his way.
Oh, Santa’s on his way.
He’s bringing toys
For girls and boys
In his Christmas sleigh.
Source: Preschool Express 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year!

Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
Let’s all do a little clapping
to spread Christmas cheer!
Let’s all do a little stomping
Let’s all do a little jumping
Source: Super Simple Learning

Oh, Christmas Bells (with bells)
O Christmas bells, O Christmas bells,
We love to hear you ringing.
O Christmas bells, O Christmas bells,
You make us feel like singing.
You sing to us of colored lights.
You sing to us of Christmas night.
O Christmas bells, O Christmas bells,
We love to hear you ringing.
Source: Traditional

 Jingle Bells (with bells)
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tails ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to laugh and sing
A sleighing song tonight

Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
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 – Christmastime by Alison Jay

Little Jack Horner
Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating his Christmas pie:
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”
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:  Letters to Santa are a great way to promote early literacy skills during the holiday season. Color pictures to leave for Santa or to give as gifts. Organize Christmas cookies by shape or color. Line up presents by size on Christmas morning.

 

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“Writing” ECRR2 preschool storytime

preschool write

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 – The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer

Ram Sam Sam
Ram sam sam
Ram sam sam
Guli guli guli
A ram sam
A rafi a rafi
Guli guli guli
A ram sam
Source: Storyblocks 

Song – Kira Willey’s “All I Wanna Do is Dance

Book – Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg

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
Source: Mr. Russ (love the extra verses!) 

Song – Jim Gill’s “Five Finger Play

Five Plump Peas
Five plump peas in a peapod pressed
(press two fists together)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest
(fingers gradually pop up from fist)
They grew and they grew and they never stopped
(slowly spread hands farther & farther apart)
They grew and grew until the peapod popped
(bring hands together with a big clap!)
Source: King County Library System

Here is a Beehive
Here is the beehive
But where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Soon they’ll come creeping out of the hive.
One! Two! Three! Four! Five!
BZZZZZZ!!!!!
Back in the hive bees!
Source: King County Library System 

Book – Monster Loves Colors by Mike Austin 

Song – Laurie Berkner’s “Monster Boogie 

If You are Wearing Red
(If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing red
Then please shake your head
If you are wearing red, shake your head
If you are wearing blue, touch your shoe
If you are wearing green, bow to the queen
If you are wearing yellow, shake like Jell-O
If you are wearing black, pat your back
If you are wearing brown, turn around
Source: National Institute of Environmental Sciences

 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: Writing requires strength in the fingers and hands. Squeeze objects, practice fingerplays, and color with crayons, chalk, sticks in the sand –  anything to get those fingers moving!

 
 

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“Winter and Snow” toddler storytime

toddler snow

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 – Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Chubby Little Snowman
A chubby little snowman
Had a carrot nose. (point to nose)
Along came a bunny
And what do you suppose?(hold up two fingers on right hand to make bunny)
That hungry little bunny
Looking for his lunch
Ate that little snowman’s nose (pretend to grab nose)
Nibble, nibble, crunch.
Source: Laptime Songs

When There’s Snow
In December
When there’s snow,
We get our sleds
And away we go.
Source: CanTeach

 

I’m a Great Big Snowman
(I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a great big snowman
Round and fat.
Here is my scarf and
Here is my hat.
But when the sun gets
warmer,
I get flat, because I melt into a puddle,
Like that!
Source: Preschool Express

Book – Bear and Hare in the Snow by Emily Gravett 

 

Snowflake, Snowflake
(Twinkle, Twinkle)
Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free,
Snowflake, snowflake, dance with me.
First on my head, then on my toes,
Then on my nose,
Where the cold wind blows,
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free,
Snowflake, snowflake, dance with me.
Touch my ear, then my knees,
Snowflake, snowflake,
I’m about to freeze!
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.
Source: King County Library System

Sledding (Row Your Boat)
Crunch, crunch,
Crunch, crunch, crunch
Up the hill so slow
Sliding, sliding, sliding, sliding
Down the hill we go
Source: Perry Public Library

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:  Be sure to keep reading fun! 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: The Mighty Mommy

 

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“Doreen Cronin” preschool storytime

preschool doreen cronin

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 – Giggle, Giggle, Quack  

Song: Jim Gill’s “Silly Dance Contest 

Felt Board: Pigs and Pancakes

Book – Wiggle!

 Can You Move with Me?
Can you wiggle like a worm,
Can you squiggle, can you squirm?
Can you flutter, can you fly,
Like a gentle butterfly?
Can you crawl upon the ground
Like a beetle that is round?
Can you move with me?

Can you flip? Can you flop?
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like a bee
Who is buzzing in a tree?
Can you move with me?
Source: King County Library System

Hermie the Worm
Sitting on a fencepost chewing my bubblegum
smack smack smack
Playing with my yoyo
Boing boing boing
When along came Hermie the worm
And he was this big
(hands about an inch apart)
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I ate my breakfast.”
Repeat with other meals and Hermie getting bigger and bigger until the last verse when he is small again.
I said, “Hermie, what happened?”
“I burped.”
Source: Girl Scouts

Book – Stretch

Yoga song: Bari Koral’s “Dancing Bear

Sometimes I am Tall
Sometimes I am tall
Sometimes I am small
Sometimes I am very, very tall
Sometimes I am very, very small
Sometimes tall, sometimes small
See how I am now.
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: Doreen Cronin’s books contain very silly plot lines about cause and effect. Teach your child cause and effect using concrete examples like setting up dominoes or creating a Rube Goldberg machine.

 

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