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“Guess the silly – and gross – theme!” 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 – One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don’t like it very much
Oh no! He’s got my toe!
Oh Gee! He’s got my knee!
Oh My! He’s got my thigh!
Oh Fiddle! He’s got my middle!
Oh Heck! He’s got my neck!
Oh Dread! He’s got my – GULP
Source: Shel Silverstein. Here’s a video from Miss Nina.
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Song: Laurie Berkner’s “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup

Book: Old MacDonald had a Dragon by Ken Baker

Dragon, Dragon
Dragon, dragon, dance around
Dragon, dragon, touch the ground
Dragon, dragon, scratch your head
Dragon, dragon, point to red
Dragon, dragon, shut the door
Dragon, dragon, give a great big roar
Source: King County Library System

Felt Board – Pigs and Pancakes

Form the Corn
First you form the corn
Form, form the corn
Then you husk the corn
Husk, husk the corn
Then you pop the corn
Pop, pop the corn
Form, peel, mash potatoes
Form, peel, squeeze the orange
Form, pick, squish the squash
Form, dice the onion, cry
Form, peel, go bananas
Source: GoNooodle Moose Tube

Book – Bark, George! by Jules Feiffer

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped her head
Mama called the doctor, and the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
Continue until there are no monkeys left.
Source: Traditional

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

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: Humor is movement. Humor is language. Humor is socialization. Humor is “brain food.” Not only does humor provide a learning experience, it is also an important part of “feeding” brain development. When a child (or anyone) laughs, the flow of blood increases to the brain. How do you feel after a good laugh? Usually we feel energized and alert. Humor can set the stage for learning by helping children release tension and focus on the task at hand. Humor increases the brain’s receptivity to learning. So tell jokes and riddles, be silly, dance a jig-you will be creating the perfect climate for learning.
Source: Scholastic

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And if you haven’t guessed, there sure are a lot of books about things being eaten and then spewed back up. Happy storytiming!

“Getting Silly” 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 

Laughter Meditation
We lied on our backs and pedaled like we were riding a bicycle. As we rode along, I asked the kids what they saw. To start them off, I said I see a plate of spaghetti riding through the sky. Then I saw Grandma doing cartwheels. The kids then took over and said they saw hot air balloons, dinosaurs, etc. After each silly thing we saw,  we laughed. Laughter meditation incorporates a “fake it till you make it” attitude. When you are feeling down, force yourself to laugh. The good feelings will follow. (I also think lying on your back so the blood rushes to your head helps.)

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 – Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Orange: happy baby
Pear: Squat/ horse
Apple: Tree
Bear: 5 pointed star

Song: Kidding Around Yoga “Head Shoulders Yoga Pose

Pass the ball with your foot
Sit in a circle and pass a small ball around to each person using only your feet.

Song – Kidding Around Yoga’s Stinky Feet (with lavender essential oil)

Breathing ball

Savasana
This was a guided savasana. We imagined we were back on our bikes. I asked the kids to look at the sky and feel the warmth of the sun. I asked them to feel the wind on their faces. I then asked them to remember the silly things we had imagined earlier and to now come up with three more silly things but keep them silently to themselves. It was so joyous to see them lying on the mats giggling quietly.  (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

Mandala coloring

Namaste!

 

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“Getting Silly with It” 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.)

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 – Press Here by Herve Tullet

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

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

Book – The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

Acka Backa Soda Cracker
Acka backa, soda cracker
acka backa boo!
(lean forward on “boo”)
Acka backa, soda cracker
up goes you!
Acka backa, soda cracker
Acka backa, boo!
Acka backa, soda cracker
I love you!
Source: Storyblocks

Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle. The cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport.
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Source: Traditional

Tony Chestnut
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
(toe, knee, chest, head, nose, eye, heart, point)
Tony knows
Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows
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: Take a familiar song and change the words. Insert your child’s name or favorite toy as it fits. For example, a Mother Goose nursery rhyme such as “London Bridge is Falling Down” could be “Terry’s Teddy is falling down.” The tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush” is great for revising as you do your daily activities. “This is the way we brush our teeth” or “this is the way we pick up toys” can change a dull routine into a fun game.

 

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“Jan Thomas” 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 – What Will Fat Cat Sit On? 

Song: Mr. Eric’s “The Number Dance

Felt Board – A-hunting We will Go
I also added “owl…towel.”

Book – Can You Make a Scary Face?

Catch a Bug
Catch a pretend bug in your hands. Peek inside to make sure it’s there.
Can you shake your bug above your head? Can you shake it above your feet?
Can you shake it over your belly? Can you shake it behind your back?
Can you put it in a kangaroo? (bounce your bug – boing! Boing! Boing!)
Can you put your bug on a ferris wheel? (Move cupped hands in a circle.)
Can you put it on a roller coaster? (Move your hands slowly up a pretend incline and then quickly down the other side like a roller coaster.)
Can you put your bug in a washing machine? (“Stir’ your bug, complete with  washing machine sound effects.)
Can you put your bug in the dryer? (Make loud noises like shoes in the dryer while bumping your bug around.)
Can you smash it on the floor? (Smash bug. Look at your hands.) Ewwwww.
Can you wipe your hands on your friend? (Pretend to wipe your hands on the person next to you.)
Can you wash your hands?
Source: I saw this at a storytime share in Colorado, but I have no idea where it came from originally. 

Can You Move with Me?
Can you wiggle like a worm?
Can you squiggle? Can you squirm? (wiggle)
Can you flutter? Can you fly like a gentle butterfly? (flap arms like wings)
Can you crawl upon the ground (crawl hands on ground)
Like a beetle that is round?
Can you move with me? (clap)
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 bee
Who is buzzing round a tree?
Can you move with me?
Source: King County Library System

Here is the beehive, where are the bees?
Here is the beehive, where are the bees?
clench fist and bring out fingers quickly one by one
Hidden away were nobody sees
Watch and you will see them come out of their hives,
One, two, three, four, five,
Buzz, buzz, buzz.
Source: King County Library System    

Book – Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy

I like to read this book and sing the following song wearing one of these babies.

Silly Hat Tune: This Old Man
On my head I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat that my head
will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
(foot, elbow, knee…)

On my hands I wear my hat.
It is such a quiet hat that my
hands don’t wiggle they just go clap.
Then I fold them in my lap.
Source: King County Library System 

 

Song: Laurie Berkner’s “Goldfish” 

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
A warm and trusting relationship is the strongest foundation for learning. If a child is having a tantrum, and an adult responds with, “What a terrible time to have tantrum!” those children became less adept at reading and understanding other’s feelings and thoughts. When adults expressed empathy and understanding (“You must be really upset about something”), children came to realize there are human needs underlying emotions.
– Ellen Galinsky, Mind in the Making

 

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“Ocean Silliness” 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’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry 

Jellyfish Jiggles
A jellyfish jiggles. An octopus wiggles.
A green turtle glides. A slippery fish slides.
But the great big whale goes SPLASH!
Source: I thought this came from King County LIbrary System, but I can’t seem to find it. 

Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab
Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab
Pinch and snap all day
Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab
Pinch and snap all day
With a pinch, pinch here
And a snap, snap there
Here a pinch, there a snap,
Everywhere a pinch, snap
Mr. Lobster and Mrs. Crab
Pinch and snap all day.
Source:  Storytime Katie

Book – This is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen

Tall Hat, Small Hat
Tall hat, (arms overhead)
Small hat (hands on head)
Big hat (arms outspread)
Cap (hands on head)
Let me take them off again.
And put them in my lap.
Source: King County Library System
Song: “Goldfish” Laurie Berkner

One, Two, Three, Four, Five
One, two, three, four, five,
(hold up fingers one by one, while counting)
Once I caught a fish alive.
(put hands together and wiggle like a fish)
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I threw it back again.
(make throwing motion)
Why did you let it go?
(hold hands out asking why)
Because it bit my finger so.
(shake hand, as if hurt)
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right.
(wiggle pinky finger)
Source: Mansfield/Richland Public Library

Book – Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

Baby Shark
Baby shark (Doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Make a shark mouth with thumb and pointer
Baby shark (Doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Baby shark (Doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Repeat with Mama Shark, Daddy Shark, Grandma Shark, Surfer, etc.
Source: Miss Nina

Three Little Fish (Three Blind Mice)
Three little fish, three little fish
(hold up three fingers)
See how they swim, see how they swim
(make swimming motion with arms)
Round and Round and fast they go
(“swim” fast – sing fast)
Now they are going very slow
(“swim” slow-also sign slow)
Three little fish, three little fish
(hold up 3 fingers again)
Source: Preschool Education

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: Kids learn through sensory interaction, or using their five senses. Let kids play in water, or in sand, to really get a sense of the ocean and what it is like. Add some salt to the water, and let them taste too!

 

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