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“Grandparents” 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 – Sing and Dance in your Polka Dot Pants – Eric Litwin

Song: Eric Litwin’s “Polka Dot Pants 

Tommy Thumbs Up
Tommy Thumbs up (thumbs up)
and Tommy Thumbs down. (thumbs down)
Tommy Thumbs dancing all over town.  (Dance thumbs)
Dance ‘em on your shoulders.
(Bounce them on shoulders)
Dance ‘em on your head. (Bounce them on head)
Dance ‘em on your knees. (Bounce them on knees)
And tuck them into bed! (Fold arms, hiding hands)
Source: King County Library System

Book – I Really Want to See You, Grandma – Taro Gomi

Song- Ralph’s World – “Driving in my Car

Rain on the Green Grass
Rain on the green grass
Rain on the tree
Rain on the rooftop
But none on me
Source: King County Library System

The More We Get Together
The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
‘Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
Oh, the more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
Source: Skokie Public Library

Book – Tea with Grandpa – Barney Saltzberg 

Song: Jim Gill’s “Two for Tea 

Coffee
This song sounds like a train slowly starting to move and then chug-chug-chugging along!
Use your arms as train wheels that slowly rotate into action.
Coffee, coffee, coffee (say the words and move your arms very slowly)
Fish and chip, fish and chips, fish and chips (a little faster)
Cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers (even faster)
Meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes (faster still!)
Soup! Soup! Soup!  (Mimic a train whistle)
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: Finding jobs and becoming well-adjusted adults and citizens would be difficult without knowing how to read! Practice reading together every day.

 

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“Get Swamped!” little ones event

For this month, we learned about swamps, ponds, ducks, turtles, and frogs. This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday and Saturday at the library.

We hopped around on lily pads.

We made fish swim like this post from Deceptively Educational.

We made turtles with potato mashers like this post from Happy Toddler Playtime.

We made quacking ducks like this post from the Quiet SLP.

 

We looked at pond water and other natural objects with our magnifying glasses and microscopes.

 

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“May the Stars Drip Down” bedtime 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)
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: Eric Litwin’s “Canon in D Major

The Moon Shines
The moon (bring arms over head) is shining all around.
It shines on land (standing side bend) and sea (standing side bend other side).
It shines on cars (dandasana/staff pose, pretend to drive car).
It shines on boats (navasana/ boat pose.) 
It shines on you and me. (hands at heart) 

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 – May the Stars Drip Down  by Jeremy Chatelain
– May the stars – forward fold/uttanasana
– moon – seated side bends
– starlight – star pose
-desert – cobra/bhujangasana
– owl – warrior III/virabhadrasana III
– feather – eagle/garudasana
– moth – butterfly/bound angle/baddha konasana
– grasses – anjali mudra/namaste hands while taking deep breaths
– duck – malasana/garland pose
– waves roll – happy baby/ananda balasana
-starfish – star pose on floor
float away –  paripurna navasana/boat
easy seated for rest of story

Animals Yawning
butterfly – baddha konasana
owl –  seated twists, saying “hoo” like an owl on each side
cat/cow 
puppy – anahatasana

Kissy knee – seated forward fold/paschimottonasana while kissing knees goodnight

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’s “When 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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“Going on a Bear Hunt” 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

Song: Kira Willey’s “The Shimmy

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 – If I was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano and Loren Long
grass- easy seated/sukhasana with rubbing hands together for grass sounds
river – locust/shalabasana and swim
mud – high knees/one legged mountain/eka pada tadasana
forest – tree/vrksasana both sides
snow storm – warrior I/virabhadrasana I both sides like trying to walk through deep snow
bear – bear walk

Song: Bari Koral- “Dancing Bear” 

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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“Caveman” 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 – This Orq. (He Cave Boy) by David Elliot

Song – Preschool of Rock’s “Growing Bigger

Book – Dave’s Cave by Frann Preston-Gannon

Song: Mr. Eric’s “Shake with You

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 – Me Hungry by Jeremy Tankard

Coffee
This song sounds like a train slowly starting to move and then chug-chug-chugging along!
Use your arms as train wheels that slowly rotate into action.
Coffee, coffee, coffee (say the words and move your arms very slowly)
Fish and chip, fish and chips, fish and chips (a little faster)
Cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers (even faster)
Meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes (faster still!)
Soup! Soup! Soup!  (Mimic a train whistle)
Source: King County Library System

Felt Board – Pigs and Pancakes

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: Finding jobs and becoming well-adjusted adults and citizens would be difficult without knowing how to read! Practice reading together every day.

 

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“Isle of You” bedtime 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)
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: Kira Willey’s “Stop and Go

The Moon Shines
The moon (bring arms over head) is shining all around.
It shines on land (standing side bend) and sea (standing side bend other side).
It shines on cars (dandasana/staff pose, pretend to drive car).
It shines on boats (navasana/ boat pose.) 
It shines on you and me. (hands at heart) 

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 – Isle of You  by David LaRochelle
-I know where to go – walk in place
-Isle of You – anjali mudra/namaste hands
– boat – paripurna navasana/boat
– waterfall – forward fold/uttanasana
– giant eagle –garudasana/eagle 
I paperclipped pages together until I got to dancing polar bears.
-dancing polar bear – dancer/natarajasana
-starfish – star pose

Animals Yawning
butterfly – baddha konasana
owl –  seated twists, saying “hoo” like an owl on each side
cat/cow 
puppy – anahatasana

Savasana
Song: Kira Willey’s “When 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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“Discover Fossil Cookies” little ones event

I had originally scheduled a presenter for this event, but she cancelled. This is the second time I have tried to hire her because her programs sound incredible, but she has cancelled days before the event both times. Needless to say I was more  than a little peeved, but the show must go on! With the help of a coworker and his knowledge of the 3D printer, we came up with some activities quickly.

My coworker 3D printed dino bones which we hid in sand. The kids had to use brushes to dig the way a paleontologist would.

Of course, wherever there is sand, there is a mess. I always have at least one neat freak who needs to keep it clean. 🙂

Then this kiddo decided that the big brush was better than those little ones.

I googled fossil cookies, since that was the topic the presenter was going to cover. I used directions similar to this one from Teachers Pay Teachers. Eating the “fossil site” at the end of the dig is, of course, the most fun.

I also put out a dinosaur felt set that someone donated to us. I wish they still made these!

We made stegosauruses with our names like this post from Artsonia.

Not bad for basically an on the fly event!

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“If I was the Sunshine” 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

Song: Kira Willey’s “The Shimmy

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 – If I was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano and Loren Long
rooster – camel/ustrasanana
cow – cat/cows
bear – child’s pose/balasana
you’d call me sing – bear walk
flower – flower pose
you’d call me rose – table pose and left one leg at a time like a skunk lifting its leg to spray
bird in a tree – tree/vrksasana
I’d call you free – tree pose on the other side
worm – locust/shalabasana and roll like a worm
mountain – mountain/tadasana
call me high – extended mountain/urdhva hastasana
boat – paripura navasana/ boat pose
whale – upward dog with bent legs like a whale coming up to spout
thunder – rain storm with hands
spark, easy seated/sukhasana with anjali mudra

Song: Bari Koral- “The Sun Dance” 

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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“Scavenger Hunt” little ones event

Today we held a scavenger hunt for ages 2-6 at one of the parks near the library. I used these sheets from No Wooden Spoons, although I should have changed the fern item, since Colorado is a little too dry for them, heehee.

This was not timed or a race; the kids simply had to fill out their sheets and bring them back to me for a prize (just the sheets; no picking flowers). They could choose prizes from our treasure chest (full of previous years’ leftover summer reading prizes), and they could enter their name into a drawing to win a cardboard rocket ship, courtesy of our Friends group.

 

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“Discover Bugs” little ones event

This month we held a bugs event. This event was for ages 2-5, and we held it on Tuesday  at the library.

We made name caterpillars like this post from a Cynical Parent.
   

We made ants in our pants like this post from Teachers Pay Teachers. Obviously stamp pads are super popular.

We explored live ladybugs (outside). You can get them at your local gardening store.

This boy tried to give his ladybug a leaf.

Ladybugs on your head are always fun.

We also had red wigglers, or composting worms, which I ordered off amazon.

This girl’s reaction to the worms says it all.

 

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