SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Make a Mess Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: What Did You Put In Your Pocket – Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

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(A fun, bright book with great sound effects. I do rather wish it had ended with something other than a handkerchief though.)

Activity: Dogs Colorful Day – from the book by Emma Dodd

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(The kids were great at identifying the colors as they appeared, and then we counted them all at the end.)

Book: I Aint gonna paint no more – Karen Beaumont

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(Always a hit. They rhyming aspect helps the kids guess which body part is getting painted next.)

Activity: Bubblegum – tune: Lollipop by the Chordettes

Let’s blow a big bubble with our gum!

(Blow between hands and spread them further with each breath.)

Oh no! We blew it too big! Pop! (clap hands together)

Now Our hands are stuck together!

(clap hands in time to the song, on each ‘gum’ and the second sticky,

pretending the gum pulls them back together.)

Bubblegum, bubblegum,

Sticky, sticky bubblegum.

Bubblegum!

-unstick!-

(continue blowing and poping on other parts of the body, or clothing)

(The kids really liked this, especially giving suggestions for where the gum would get stuck next… the eyes got the biggest giggles.)

Book: Toad – Ruth Brown

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(Such a fun yucky story!)

Activity: 5 Pigs from Mel’s Desk (tune: 5 green and speckled frogs)

Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you’ve ever seen,

wanted to go outside and play. Uh huh!

One jumped into the mud, landed there with a thud.

Now there are four pigs squeaky clean. Oink, oink!

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(The pigs are two sided, one clean and one dirty. It was a happy surprise for the kids when they got ‘dirty’ in the mud. Afterwards I ‘cleaned’ them all off with my hand.)

Book: Squeaky Clean – Simon Puttock

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(This was a big hit, the bath aspect, and the pig children really drew the kids in.)

Activity: Bubbles

(Then we got to play in bubbles, like the pigs!)

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Fairy Tale Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Waking Beauty – Leah Wilcox

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(The kids really liked this, fun story and illustrations)

Flannel Board: Five Knights in Shining Armor (from Moxie)

Five knights in shining armor,

Fearless and brave,

Went hunting for a dragon

In a deep dark cave.

The dragon breathed some fire,

The knights were all aquiver

And one little knight

Ran and dove into the river!

(Count down remaining knights)

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Book: Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munch

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(There always seems to be someone know know this story, and is excited to hear it again!)

Activity: PinocchioSuper Simple Learning

 Everybody in. [Move forward.] Everybody out. [Move back.]
Everybody turn around. [Turn around.] Everybody shout, “Hey!” [Jump up and shout, “Hey!”]
Everybody ready? Here we go. [Put your hands on your hips and sway side to side.]
Let’s do The Pinocchio. [Make a Pinocchio nose by putting two fists in front of your nose, and then make it “grow” by moving one hand forward.]
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm as if it were a puppet’s arm.]

[Keep your right arm up as you dance in and out.]
Everybody in. Everybody out.
Everybody turn around. Everybody shout, “Hey!”
Everybody ready? Here we go.
Let’s do The Pinocchio.
Right arm! [Hold up your right arm.]
Left arm! [Hold up your left arm…continue with right leg, left leg, chin up!]

(A fun new activity for the kids! I was so pleased to find this.)

Book: Interrupting Chicken – David Ezra Stein

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(A fun story, great opportunity for voices, and the kids were quite engaged.)

Activity: Somethinglocks (full version here)

Little Chicken didn’t quite get the stories right, and I might need some help with this one!

Essentially, it’s the story of Goldilocks and the three Bears, but I kept messing up and having the kids help me out.

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…you mean she didn’t want to eat the bear’s big plate of spaghetti?

(The kids loved helping me get this right, and playing with the pieces after the storytime was over.)

Book: Musicians of the sun – Gerald McDermott

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(This was a bit of a droop after the Somethinglocks excitement, but the images are so awesome, and it still held the kids attention pretty well.)

Activity: Instruments

(Then we were the musicians! They always love the instruments, some ended up with handfulls in my Thursday group.)

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Somethinglocks and the three somethings

I know this is a story about a little girl who goes into the woods and finds a house where three things live, and she eats their food, but I don’t think I remember it all quite right. So you might have to help me if I mess up.

Once there was a girl named Brownielocks, and she went to the house of the three dinosaurs.

…oh, it wasn’t Brownielocks? Or dinosaurs? Ooops! I think I remember now.

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Baldielocks was skipping through the woods when she came to the home of the three clowns…

oh, I’ve gotten it wrong again. Who was it? Goldielocks! And the 3 bears? okay, I think we’re on the right track now!

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There was a papa bear, a momma bear, and a baby bear, and they went for a walk in the woods.

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So Goldilocks came inside and ate the cookies the bears left for their breakfast.

…oh, not cookies? Oh yeah! It was a big plate of spaghetti!

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Porridge? That’s right! Three bowls of porridge. The first bowl was too moldy. Oh, Cold! The second bowl was too spicy. Hot? I meant hot. And the third bowl was…? Just right! Of course. And she ate it all up!

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Then she wanted to sit down for a while, so she went to the garage where the bears kept their car.

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…oh, that isn’t right? Was it the hen house?

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Oh yeah, I remember! She went to the living room and sat on chairs!

The first chair was too…? Hard. You are so smart! What about the second chair? It was too soft, and the third chair? Just right! …but it broke? Oh no!

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That’s okay though, because Goldilocks was getting sleepy, so she went to take a nap on the giant chicken.

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Not a chicken? Are you sure? I guess beds do make more sense. The first bed was too…? Hard, and the second bed too…? Comfy! And the third bed? Just right! Well that’s nice, and Goldilocks fell fast asleep.

Then the three bears came home, they found the porridge (baby bear said ‘Good! I don’t like porridge anyway!’ …oh he didn’t? She ate it all up! Goodnesss!) They found the three chairs (baby bear said, ‘yea, now I can jump on my chair!’ …no? Oh, he was sad! Poor baby bear.) And they found the three beds (Baby bear said ‘Horray! A new stuffed animal!’ …someone was sleeping in my bed, and here she is? Yeah, that’s how it goes!)

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And Goldilocks never went into a strangers house again!

Thanks for helping me! You sure know your stories. =)

The kids loved helping me get this right, and playing with the pieces after the storytime was over. I created the Goldilocks pieces for this, and just pulled random stuff from flannel boards I already had for the rest!

(This weeks Flannel Friday is hosted by Storytime Katie.  For all things Flannel Friday, check out the official blog.  Also, make sure you stop by the Flannel Friday Pinterest page for an excellent flannelboard resource. )

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Letter G

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: A Girl and Her Gator – Sean Bryan

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(Super fun, and double G’s!)

Puppet: Bark George (from the book by Jules Feiffer)

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(This is always a hit, any way you present it)

Book: Good Night, Gorilla – Peggy Rathman

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(Light on words, it’s kind of fun to be able to talk the kids through the pages of just illustration though.)

Song: Goldfish – Laurie Berkner

(This was a hit, kids love pretending to sleep!)

Book: Go Away Big Green Monster – Ed Emberly

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(One girl wanted to know if he was a mean monsters, pretty engaging for them.)

Activity: Bubblegum tune: Lollipop by the Chordettes

Let’s blow a big bubble with our gum!

(Blow between hands and spread them further with each breath.)

Oh no! We blew it too big! Pop! (clap hands together)

Now Our hands are stuck together!

(clap hands in time to the song, on each ‘gum’ and the second sticky,

pretending the gum pulls them back together.)

Bubblegum, bubblegum,

Sticky, sticky bubblegum.

Bubblegum!

-unstick!-

(continue blowing and poping on other parts of the body, or clothing)

(The kids really liked this, especially giving suggestions for where the gum would get stuck next… the eyes got the biggest giggles.)

Book: Smash! Mash! Crash! There goes the trash! –  Barbara Odanaka

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(There were a lot of G alliterations in this story, so I forgave it not having a G in the title. Quite fun!)

Activity: Instruments

(Smash! Mash! Crash! ends with the phrase ‘Let’s Play!’, so we did, 0n our noisy instruments.)

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On the Farm Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Cock-a-doodle Quack! Quack! – Ivor Baddiel

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(This was a hit! The kids really liked all the mistakes the little rooster made.)

Activity: 5 Pigs from Mel’s Desk (tune: 5 green and speckled frogs)

Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you’ve ever seen,

wanted to go outside and play. Uh huh!

One jumped into the mud, landed there with a thud.

Now there are four pigs squeaky clean. Oink, oink!

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(The pigs are two sided, one clean and one dirty. It was a happy surprise for the kids when they got ‘dirty’ in the mud. Afterwards I ‘cleaned’ them all off with my hand.)

Book: Blue Chicken – Deborah Freedman

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(Fun illustrations, and the kids quite enjoy it.)

Activity: Go and Get the Cows – traditional, hear a version here!

 Place cows on flannel board. Fall ‘asleep’ and remove them all.

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Wake up you sleepyheads
Go and get the cattle,
Wake up you sleepyheads
Go and get the cows.

All the cows have run away, Oh no!

The cows are lost.
The sun is warm.
So I’ll just rest,
Til they come home.

Replace cows incrementally, ours were all different colors so we identified them as they ‘came back home’

( This was a bit more popular the last time I did it, but still worked well enough.)

Book: The Cow Loves Cookies – Karma Wilson

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(I feel like the repetition gets just a bit old, the kids attention wandered just a bit. The payoff is worth it though. )

Activity: Old McDonald – traditional

Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o
And on his farm he had a cow, ee-i-ee-i-o
With a moo-moo here, and a moo-moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo-moo
Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o

(continue with other animals)

(I used our farm stuffed animals with this song, and ended with a Dinosaur, which was a fun surprise.)

Book: Thirsty Thursday – Phyllis Root

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(I wish this were just a bit longer, a fun story with nice pictures about a girl who tickles clouds to get rain.)

Activity: Streamers

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