Thursday, September 5, 2013

ABC Stop Song

A B C D E F G

STOP! (holding palms facing out in front of you)

H I J K L M N O P

STOP! (holding palms facing out in front of you)

Q R S T U V

STOP! (holding palms facing out in front of you)

W X Y and Z

STOP! (holding palms facing out in front of you)

Now I know my ABCs, next time won’t you sing with me?

STOP! (Extra loud, flail your arms like a maniac)

This came from Magpie Librarian, who got it from a group called the Z Brothers

Squiggly Fish

A squiggly fish, a squiggly fish
Swimming in the water,
A squiggly fish, a squiggly fish,
Gulp, gulp, gulp.
He got eaten by...

A tuna fish, a tuna fish,
Swimming in the water,
A tuna fish, a tuna fish,
Gulp, gulp, gulp
He got eaten by....

An octopus...

A great big shark...

A big blue whale



Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Gingerbread Man (fractured)

This is my fractured Gingerbread Boy story. Basically, you substitute random animals and the kids laugh hysterically. Here is a rough script:

*Have all the kids stand in front of you and your flannel board. Tell them all to take three steps back so they're not breathing in your face*

I'm going to tell you a story that some of you may know about a gingerbread boy! Whenever I say "run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man" you have to run as fast as you can (practice running in place)

Ok, let's start the story. Once upon a time, there was a little old man and a little old woman and they decided they needed a tasty treat. So they started mixing some ingredients in their mixing bowl (everybody stirs) flour, sugar, eggs, milk, and ginger! Then they rolled out the dough (everybody rolls) and slid it into the oven. When it came out, it was a tasty gingerbread boy. But he didn't wait to be eaten, he jumped off the table and ran out the door, yelling "Run Run etc." and the little old man and the little old lady ran after him.

By and by, he met a cat and the cat said "gingerbread boy, won't you slow down so I can taste you?" but the gingerbread man said "I've run away from a little old man and little old lady and I can run away from you!" and off he ran, saying "Run Run etc."

[Then he meets horse, then the rabbit, then the elephant, and then I pull out the dinosaur]

"Wait, he can't chase the gingerbread boy, he's extinct!" (discussion of what extinct means and he goes back in the folder)

[Then I pull out the whale/shark]

"Wait, he can't chase the gingerbread boy, he can't breathe out of the water!" (discussion of fish vs. mammals)

Then the gingerbread boy met a fox. Now, the fox was clever. He didn't tell the gingerbread boy he wanted to taste him, he said "gingerbread boy, how will you get across that big river?" (discussion of density and what happens when cookies get wet) The gingerbread boy climbed on the fox's back and they started swimming across the river (everybody swims). As the water got deeper, the gingerbread boy said "fox, fox I'm getting wet" and the fox said "climb on my head!" so the gingerbread boy did. The water got deeper still and the gingerbread boy said "fox, fox I'm getting wet!" and the fox said "climb on my nose" so the gingerbread boy did. But as soon as he did, the fox tipped back his head and SNAP (clap hands) he ate that gingerbread boy. Because what is gingerbread? (kids all yell "it's a COOKIE") and what happens to cookies? (kids all yell "THEY GET EATEN")

I had to add that last bit b/c I once had a parent in storytime complain about the gingerbread boy getting eaten.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Loud and Quiet by Caspar Babypants and Elizabeth Mitchell

This is more of a chant than a song and you can hear it on Caspar Babypants album Sing Along. I have the kids pick different animals and then I make LOUD and quiet motions with my fingers. While I sing, they make the animal sound. This gets very chaotic and loud, so be prepared to calm everyone down afterwards.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I saw a little duck

I saw a little duck go hop, hop, hop (hop three times)
I told the little duck to stop, stop, stop (hold up hand for stop)
I went to the window to say, ‘How do you do?’ (hold out hand for handshake)
He wagged his little tail and far away he flew! (shake tail and fly away)

From Storytime Katie

Dinosaur, Dinosaur

Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Little brown seed

I’m a little brown seed in the ground
Rolled up in a tiny ball (curl up small)
I’ll wait for the rain and sun (wiggle hands over head)
To make me big and tall (jump up)

Five little flowers

Five little flowers, standing in the sun
See their heads nodding, bowing one by one
Down, down, down comes the gentle rain
And the five little flowers lift up their heads again

Ten Fat Sausages

Ten fat sausages sizzling in the pan
One went POP! and another went BANG!
Now there's eight fat sausages sizzling in the pan.

Five sticky lollipops

Five sticky lollipops fixed on sticks
Take a sticky lollipop and lick, lick, lick

No sticky lollipops fixed on sticks, nothing left to lick, lick, lick

Five little kernels

Five little kernels sizzling in the pot
The grease got hot and one went "Pop!"

Five little doughnuts

Down around the corner at the bakery shop
There were 5 little doughnuts with sprinkles on top
Along came a bunny, hop...hop...chomp!

Five little chocolate chips

Five little chocolate chips, in a bowl of dough,
They knew into a cookie they'd soon go.
Then "on" came the oven and the dough turned brown.
And one of those chips melted right down.

Five fat sausages

Five fat sausages, frying in a pan
All of a sudden, one went BANG

Continue until all the sausages have exploded.

Here's Mr. Bullfrog

Here's Mr. Bullfrog (make a fist)
Sitting on a rock (put fist on palm)
Into the water he jumps (raise arm high)
KERPLOP! (clap loudly)

Little White Duck

I learned this from a cd by Burl Ives, but I think it's actually a folksong. There's a recording of it here.

I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor by Shel Silverstein

I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
And I don’t like it very much.
Oh no, oh no, he swallowed my toe, he swallowed my toe.

Oh gee, he’s up to my knee.
Oh fiddle, he’s up to my middle, 
Oh heck, he’s up to my neck.
Oh dread, he swallowed my (slurp-swallow)

I have strips of fleece we use as snakes and trail them up our bodies while we are swallowed. I don't know if the tune we use is the "real" tune or if I just picked it up somewhere.

Hibernating Bear

Here is a Cave, inside is a bear
Now he comes out, to get some fresh air
He stays out all summer in sunshine and heat
He hunts in the forest for berries to eat
When snow starts to fall he hurries inside
His warm little cave and there he will hide
Snow covers the cave like a fluffy white rug
Inside the bear sleeps all cozy and snug

This is really a fingerplay, but we don't really do fingerplays, so it's more of a..whole body play. I want to make a flannelboard for it sometime.

Hokey Pokey

Hippo Hokey Pokey

You put your back feet in
You take your back feet out
You put your back feet in and you squish them all about
You do the Hippo Hop and you hop down in the mud
That's how a Hippo cools off
Front feet 
Big teeth 
Little tail 
Hippo self

I don't remember where I got this from - if you know, tell me!

Here is a beehive

Here is a beehive (make a fist)
But where are all the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees
Here they come,
Out of their hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (extend fingers)
Bzzzz

Bears eat honey

Bears eat honey
They think it's yummy
in their tummy
but the bees don't think it's funny!
Bzzzzzz

Hippo on a Bus

A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got on, got on, got on a city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said
You're squishing us, hippopotamus!

I don't remember where I picked up this rhyme, or where the tune I joined to it came from. It has no particular thematic elements, since there aren't really enough hippo - or bus - books around to do more than one themed storytime a year. But you can sing it and sing it and sing it and the kids will giggle every time.

Curve your arms at your side, like a fat hippopotamus, tilting from side to side with the rhythm. Pretend to step up. Curve and tilt again. Wave your arms around, or pretend to be squished and yell the last line.

You'll have to make up your own tune, as I haven't gotten around to recording my voice for posterity yet...

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Guiberson







Ouch by Ragnhild Scamell









Red Hen by Rebecca Emberley






Monday, April 22, 2013

The Biggest Thing in the World

This is an adaptation of The Frog and the Ox by Aesop

Before we start, we all stand up and practice our movements. A round pond (circle arms in front of yourself), lots of little frogs (small hops) and one Big Frog (puff out your cheeks and hold out your arms).

Once upon a time there was a little pond, and in that little pond lived a lot of little hoppy frogs and one big bullfrog. One day, the little frogs decided to go for a walk. They went hopping down the road until they saw something. It had long horns, and a long tail, and four huge legs, and a big metal thing that went, "clang, clang!" They went hopping, hopping, hopping back home as fast as they could and landed in their small pond with a SPLASH. And they said to the big bullfrog, "We have seen the BIGGEST thing in the world!"
"Oh, no you haven't." Said the bullfrog. "I'm the biggest thing in the world!"
And he puffed himself up, "Was it this big?"
"Oh, no it was much bigger!"
The bullfrog puffed himself up even more, "Was it this big?"

(You can keep doing this as long as you have breath to puff and can stand on your tiptoes with your arms stretched out. The kids will happily giggle at you no matter how many times you do it)

The bullfrog puffed himself up bigger, and bigger, and bigger until...

BAM! (clap hands) He burst!

Even if you're a big frog in a small pond, you're still just a frog.

Five Hoot Owls

Five hoot owls sitting in a tree
One flew away, how many do you see?

I got this flannel and rhyme from Sunflower Storytime

Climb, Climb, Climb

Climb, climb, climb
Up the hill of snow
Jump on the sled
And down we go!

Make climbing motions and stretch up tall, jump, then swing arms and crouch down to the ground. You can sort of sing this to "Row row row your boat" but it doesn't work exactly right.

Five Eggs and Five Eggs

Five eggs and five eggs, (Hold up 10 fingers)
That makes ten.
Sitting on top
Is the mother hen. (Cover one hand with the other.)

Crack, crack, crack, (clap three times)
What do I see?
Ten little chicks
As cute as can be! (Hold up ten fingers)