Wedding Love

Today is my seventh wedding anniversary! To celebrate, we did a wedding-themed storytime, Hokey Pokey and all! 😉

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Jake Baked the Cake by B.G. Hennessy
*Fingerplay: Make a Cake
Action Song: Tony Chestnut
Read-aloud #2: The Ring Bearer by Laura Godwin
Flannel: The Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
**Fingerplay: The Love Bug
Read-aloud #3 (Story Cards): A Kiss from Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Flannel: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Templates available here.)
Fingerplay: My Eyes Can See
Song (with dog puppet): Snuggle Puppy from Sandra Boynton: Philadelphia Chickens
Read-aloud #4: Stop Kissing Me! By Ethan Long
Dancing Song: “Hokey Pokey” from Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

*Make a Cake
Mix the batter, stir the batter
(make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Shake some flour in
(make a shaking motion with one arm/hand)
Mix the batter, stir the batter
(make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Place it in a tin
(pretend to pour)
Sprinkle some candy in
(pretend to sprinkle)
Pop it in the oven
(open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)
Open wide the oven door
(pretend to open door)
And out comes the cake!
(open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)

**The Love Bug (source unknown)
It begins with a grin (smile Broadly)
It turns to giggle (put both hands on mouth and giggle)
You start to laugh (throw head back and laugh out loud)
Your legs start to wiggle (put feet in the air and shake)
You look all around for someone to hug (move eyes back and forth)
What can you do (shrug shoulders)
You’ve caught the love bug (hug another child or yourself)
ACHOOO!

***My Eyes Can See
(Suit actions to words.)
My eyes can see.
My mouth can talk.
My ears can hear.
My feet can walk.
My nose can sniff.
My teeth can chew.
My lids can flutter.
My arms hug you!

Valentine, Be Mine

All about LOVE to get excited about Valentine’s Day!

Panera Storytimes have started back up… and I also started a brand NEW storytime over at our NEW Randall Oaks Branch Library! A very exciting time! (See the library calendar for information about storytime dates and registration.)

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks
Song (with finger puppets): Old MacDonald
Read-aloud #2: Snog the Frog by Tony Bonning
Song/Fingerplay/Props: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Flannel: The Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
Read-aloud #3: A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
Read-aloud #4: Stop Kissing Me! by Ethan Long
(For older kids, I might replace #3 and #4 with A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik)
*Fingerplay: Valentines (from Cobb’s I’m a Little Teapot book)
Read-aloud #5: Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas
(“Dancing” Song: “Animal Action” from Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion)

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

*Valentines
Valentines, valentines, how many do you see?
Valentines, valentines, count them all with me
One for father, one for mother (count on fingers)
One for grandma, too
One for sister, one for brother
And here is one for you! (make heart with thumbs and index fingers)

Love You, Baby!

Happy early Valentine’s Day, everyone! Be sure to snuggle up with your babies and loved ones 🙂

Love That Baby Bibs to Books Storytime with Jennifer: April 7, 2006

OPENING:

Greet babies with puppy puppet
Opening rhyme: Brown Bear

PROGRAM:

Song: “Toe Knee Chestnut”
Book: All the Ways I Love You: a Pop-up Book
Song: “Snuggle Puppy”
Have moms hug babies and pet puppy puppet as I go around the room singing
Song (with shakers): “Ducks Like Rain” from Carole Peterson’s H.U.M. All Year Long
Song (with felt pieces): “Five Little Ducks”
Book: Hello, Lulu by Caroline Uff

BOOK SHARE

Rhyme (song): I Love Books

TOY TIME
Rhyme: Tick Tock
(played music while playing)

Note: I sang “Clean Up” (Barney-style) while the babies helped clean up books and toys.

CLOSING:

Rhyme (song with finger puppet): Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Closing rhyme: Tickle the Clouds

Will You Be My Valentine and Love Me Every Day?

Yes, I’ll be your Valentine! Here’s this year’s Valentine Toddler Storytime…

Stories Shared:
Do You Love Me? by Joost Elffers
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
Stop Kissing Me! By Ethan Long
Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.)
Tony Chestnut
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
My Eyes Can See
Fun With Hands
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Bonus Song:
Will You Be My Valentine?
(Sing this to the tune of “The Muffin Man”)
Oh, will you be my valentine?
My valentine? My valentine?
Oh, will you be my valentine?
And love me every day?
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
Your valentine, your valentine.
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
And love you every day.

Bonus Rhyme (Use with flannel hearts of appropriate colors):
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, share them now with me.
I have red ones.
I have orange ones.
I have yellow ones, too.
I have green ones.
I have purple ones.
I have some that are blue.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them now with me.
1-2-3-4-5-6!

Music:
Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)

All About Love Pajama Time

This week, we had a “love”-ly pajama storytime to prepare ourselves for Valentine’s Day!

PROGRAM
Entrance Music: A Father’s Love: Golden Slumbers
Opening Song: If you Want to Hear a Story
Flannel: The Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
Song: Tony Chestnut
Book: The Frog Prince by Susanna Davidson
Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Book: Snog the Frog by Tony Bonning
Song (with flannels): Barnyard Gate [version available on Ed McCurdy: Children’s Songs: the Greatest Hits (I Had a Little Rooster)]
Book: No More Kissing! by Emma Chichester Clark
Song: Will You Be My Valentine?

AFTER PROGRAM VIDEO
A Kiss For Little Bear (32 minutes)

Will You Be My Valentine?
(Sing this to the tune of “The Muffin Man”)
Oh, will you be my valentine?
My valentine? My valentine?
Oh, will you be my valentine?
And love me every day?
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
Your valentine, your valentine.
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
And love you every day.

My Dad

We won’t be having storytimes during the Father’s Day (we’re off for the summer), so I thought that we’d do some stories about daddies. I hope that everyone comes next week for our last storytime of the year–we will have lots of fun (as always)!

Stories Shared:
Daddies Give You Horsey Rides by Abby Levine
What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff
My Dad by Anthony Browne
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (Story pattern here.)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet–Spring 2009):
Sometimes
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Five Little Monkeys
Five Little Sausages
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Open, Shut Them
Stretching Fun

Music:
Sharon, Lois & Bram: Great Big Hits
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

Mothers Love Us!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mommas out there!

Stories Shared:
Does a Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too? By Eric Carle
Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler (Story Pattern here.)
I Love My Mommy Because… by Laurel Porter-Gaylord
Lots of Moms by Shelley Rotner

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet–Spring 2009):
Open, Shut Them
Where is Thumbkin?
Tony Chestnut
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Five Little Monkeys
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Music:
Dr. Jean & Friends (Mother Goony Bird)

Hugs & Kisses for Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Roses are Red
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;
And so are you!

Stories Shared:
No Matter What by Emma Dodd
Snuggle Wuggle by Jonathan London
Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? by Joanne Ryder
Stop Kissing Me! By Ethan Long

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.)
If You’re Wearing Red Today
My Eyes Can See
Five Little Sausages
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Rhyme:
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, share them now with me.
I have red ones.
I have orange ones.
I have yellow ones, too.
I have green ones.
I have purple ones.
I have some that are blue.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them now with me.
1-2-3-4-5-6!

Music:
Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band (Shake My Sillies Out)

Roses are Red…Be My Valentine!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Roses are Red
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;
And so are you!

Stories Shared:
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Fun With Hands
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Rhyme:
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, share them now with me.
I have red ones.
I have orange ones.
I have yellow ones, too.
I have green ones.
I have purple ones.
I have some that are blue.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them now with me.
1-2-3-4-5-6!

Music:
Carol Hammett: Toddlers on Parade
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)