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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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“Guess Who Haiku” preschool book club

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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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