It’s Black, It’s White, Whoo

The Spring Storytime Session has sprung! (Even if nice spring weather has not…) Ms. Susan started off the session at Randall Oaks Branch Library on March 3 while I was on vacation in Los Angeles (a nice break from cold Chicago!). I was here for the March 10 storytime, though, and we started off a “Colors” series with “Black and White.” The session runs through April 7.

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Black Meets White by Justine Fontes
*Fingerplay: Five Little Kittens
Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (Flannel pieces here.)
**Fingerplay: Rain is Falling Down
Read-aloud #2: A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
Flannel Song: Little White Duck
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Read Aloud #3: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr
***Flannel: 5 Little Penguins
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read Aloud #4: Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman
Song: “The Sneezing Song” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Dancing Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)
They run to the left, they run to the right (run fingers to the left and then to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight (stretch fingers out tall)
Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun (hold up one finger from opposite hand)
MEOW! See those little kittens run (let fingers run)

**Rain Is Falling Down
Rain is falling down,
(Raise hands up high and flutter fingers down)
Splash!
(Slap floor with gusto)
Rain is falling down,
(Raise hands up high and flutter fingers down)
Splash!
(Slap the floor)
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
(Quietly. Flutter fingers delicately.)
Rain is falling down,
(Flutter fingers down.)
Splash!
(Slap floor with gusto)

***Five Little Penguins (Source unknown.)
Five little penguins walking by the shore,
One fell in and then there were four.
Four little penguins sliding fast as can be,
One slid away and then there were three.
Three little penguins with nothing to do,
One went home and then there were two.
Two little penguins looking for some fun,
One stopped to catch a fish and then there was one.
One little penguin playing all alone,
He fell asleep and then there were none.

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