4Take a Bus A piggyback song to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle” A flannel storyTheme of : Things That GoStorytime weekly good-bye songConcept tool for shapes, colours and counting
5Take a Bus Take a bus or take a train Take a boat or take a plane Take a taxi or a carMay be near or may be farTake a spaceship to the moonBut be sure to come back soon.
6Best Winter Flannel Story Ever: Build A SnowmanHave the children pretend to roll a big, a medium and a small snowballPlace the large flannel ball on the boardNow place the medium ball under it and have them tell you what is wrong with it. Should it be higher, lower etcNow put the small snowball on top of the large one and again have them explain the problem. Continue to incorrectly assemble the snowman.The children will howl with laughter as you fumble your way through.
73 Little Monkeys Meet A Crocodile Hide your crocodile puppet and monkey puppets in a canvas/fabric bagDescribe the animals inside: brown, swing in the trees, eat bananasShake the bag as you pretend to catch these jumping monkeys: count each oneDescribe a green animal with sharp teeth who lives in the swampPut your hand in the bag and have it bitten (ouch), ask everyone to be very quiet while you sneak up on the hungry crocodile
83 Little Monkeys Meet A Crocodile 3 little monkeys swinging in a treeAlong came a crocodile as quiet as can beThe first monkey said, “You can’t catch me.” SNAP2 little monkeys…1 little monkey…The last monkey said, “You can’t catch me.” SNAPHa, ha you missed me.
9Bear/Dragon/Monster Hunt Going on aBear/Dragon/Monster HuntGoing on a Bear HuntGoing on a bear hunt(Have the audience echo back each lineafter you and tap out the song.)Gonna catch a big oneI’m not scaredLook at all the flowers.Do you see what I see?MUD.We can’t go over it.We can’t go under it.We can’t go around it.We have to go through it.Slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp.We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen (Author),Helen Oxenbury (Author)Audio CD (May 1, 2004) Language: English Penguin ; ISBN:
10Bear/Dragon/Monster Hunt Going on aBear/Dragon/Monster HuntRepeat the above verses with GRASS instead of MUD.Swish, swish, swish, swish.Repeat again with a TREE instead of GRASS.Climb, climb, climb, climb.Repeat again with a CAVE.We better go in it.It’s dark in here. I feel a fuzzy face and two fuzzy ears.Everyone run. It’s a BEAR!Run up the tree, through the grass, through the mud and back to the library. Safe at last!
11Le Hokey Pokey (Bilingual Version) (Alternate English And French) On met la main devantOn met la main derrièreEt on bouge, bouge, bougeOn fait le hokey-pokeyEt on tourne, tourne, tourneEt c’est comme ça qu’on joue !On met le pied devantOn met le pied derrière…On met la tête devantOn met la tête derrière…On met le derrière devantOn met le derrière derrièreEt on bouge, bouge, bougeOn fait le hokey-pokeyEt on tourne, tourne, tourneEt c’est comme ça qu’on joue !
13Stories in the ParkThis is a drop in storytime programme for families. Most of the children were preschool age.Every Friday morning throughout the summer, the library hosted the programme at a local park (hosted at the library on rainy days).This programme was run by our summer students.The programme consisted of stories, songs, crafts, games and a snack.Families were asked to donate $2/family towards the cost of snacks.Caregivers had to remain with their child(ren) and were active participants.The programme was about 1 -1 ½ hours long.Hints:Always have a good supply of stories and activities.Think about the outdoor elements when organizing crafts (i.e. windy days).
14Magic Bag This is a fun activity for preschool children. Decorate two opaque bags and fill one with colourful items.Make sure that the item has a distinct colour (i.e. green frog, yellow duck,red bird, etc…)Purchase talking toy. The one I purchased is in the shape of a ball, when you bump the ball it talks (It says “You’re special” or “Good job”).Place the talking toy in bottom of one bag, and then place the other bag inside so that the talking toy is hidden. Place all the other items inside the second bag. I tell the children they have to be quiet and use their ears to listen to the magic bag.I go around the circle and each child reaches into the bag to select anitem. We identify the colour of the item and then place it back inside the bag. I shake the bag and the next child chooses an object. Every few minutes, I bump the bag and it talks. The children are amazed!
15Magic BagHints:This works best during circle time, with a group of 10 – 15 children.Make sure the talking toy is hidden in the bottom bag and the second bag filled with items is covering the toy. This way a child will not select the talking toy and the bag will continue to be full of “Magic.”I try to find items to match all the animals (and their respective colours) in the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin, Jr.
16Mixing Colours Purchase a couple of cans of whipped cream. Place a couple dollops inside a zip lock bag.Add food colouring and zip the bag closed.Have the kids squish the bag a few times.They will be amazed when the white whip cream changes into a different colour.Use the whip cream with a snack afterwards.Hints:This may become very messy.Have lots of wipes on hand.Try different colour combinations (i.e. blue and yellow to make green).
17Easter Egg HuntWe bought pounds of chocolate Easter eggs and hid them inside, throughout the library.Many children came dressed in theme.I ran 2 sessions at Easter Time (one in the morning and one in the afternoon).We read Easter stories, made a simple craft and then had the Easter egg hunt. This worked well with small groups of 20 children.Parents/caregivers were asked to remain with their child during the egg hunt.Over the years, this programme became more and more popular. As a result, we had to modify the programme. When we reached 100 children, we dropped the craft portion of the programme.
18Easter Egg HuntHints:If you are running more than one session, make sure you have enough time to hide the candy before the second group of children arrive. Beware of families who come early to scout out where the candy is hidden.Having a few extra staff members or volunteers stationed throughout the library is very helpful for maintaining order.Even though this programme can become hectic, it really is a lot of fun!
19Form a Partnership with your Local Early Years Centre We are very fortunate to have a fantastic working relationship with our Early Years Centre. One of their core services is Early Literacy.Currently, they run our “Rhyme Time with Baby” programme for children 24 months and under. The programme runs 4 times a year in 4 -5 week sessions.They also offer a number of “Make and Take” workshops throughout the year.
20Form a Partnership with your Local Early Years Centre They really enjoy running programmes out of the library. It’s a great way for them to network and meet new parents. It is also a great way to promote our library services to families who visit the library for the first time.If I am doing a special week of programming, I let them know. They will often come in and do a programme in theme for children 0 – 6 years of age.We have a great Childcare collection, and they often refer parents.We promote their programmes and they promote our programmes.
26Tapping Sticks SongsMake tapping sticks from old fashioned clothes pegs or use popsicle sticks.Avoid coloured popsicle sticks – colours run on sweaty hands!Music:Tickles and Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman ( “I’m Passing Out the Sticks”, “When You’re One”, “Time to Put Away”)Rhythms on Parade by Hap Palmer (“Tap Your Sticks”)
27Tapping Sticks SongsLet’s tap and tap and tap and tap and tap and tap and stopRepeat fasterWhen You’re One, one, one tap on your bum, bum, bumTwo - shoeThree – kneeFour – floorFive – come on and jiveSix – sticksSeven – up to heavenEight – you’ll have to waitNine – on your spineTen – begin again
28Fun with RibbonsCut out approximately foot long ribbons of different coloursUsing pinking shears will help stop frayingGive each child a ribbon
29Fun with RibbonsCircus theme – children hold ribbons for their circus “costume” as they walk a masking tape lineSnakes – Use as child’s “snake” for songs like “Sally the Swinging Snake” (Hap Palmer)Try with songs like “Merry-Go-Round” (Shakin’ It by Parachute Express) as colourful props
30Greedy DogMake a cardboard standing dog - cut a round hole out where stomach would beAttach a paper bag open end up behind stomach using strong tape such as duct tapeMake food using clip art, drawing, paper with mac tac over it etc.Feed dog as you read poem
31Greedy Dog This dog will eat anything, Apple cores and bacon fat Milk you poured out for the catHe likes the string that ties the roastAnd relishes the buttered toast.Hide your chocolates! He’s a thief.He’ll even eat your handkerchief.And if you don’t like sudden shocks,Carefully conceal your socks.Leave some soup without a lid,And you’ll wish you never did.When you think he must be fullYou’ll find him gobbling bits of wool,Orange peel or paper bags,Dusters and old cleaning rags.This dog will eat anything,Except for mushrooms and cucumber.Now what’s wrong with those, I wonder?By James Hurley
32Spiders Take 2 pipe cleaners Cut each in half Twist pipe cleaner halves around each other in middle forming the spider body with 8 legs
33SpidersTo UseMake ahead OR have a craft time before song so that each child has their own spiderUse the “There’s a Spider on the Floor” song from Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi and watch the children giggle as they move their spiders all over their body!
34Colour Squares Cut out 9”x9” black bristol board squares Cut out 31/2” x 31/2” squares from red, yellow, blue and green construction paper (Squares can vary in size as long as 4 fit on one side of the black square)Glue one square of each colour on each side of a black squareMactac
35Colour Squares Give each child their own square with the 4 colours Use song “Put a Little Color on You” from Can a Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye? By Hap Palmer
45Mr. Whipper SnapperAdapted from an oral telling by Canadian children’s author Richard Thompson
46Mr. Whipper Snapper Every shoe is magical What would each shoe make him do?Practise your silly dancing, running, etc.Works with primary grades too
47Hush Little Baby, a lullaby with props Traditional lullabyUses props to help grab children’s attention
48Hush Little Baby, a lullaby with props You will need:Toy birdRing made from tinfoil and faux jewelSmall plastic mirrorToy goatToy bull (and a cart, if you can find one)Toy dogToy horse
49Mitten Match GameCut out mittens from different colours of construction paperDecorate to create several different pairs
50One way to play: find a friend Mitten Match GameOne way to play: find a friendGive every child one mitten.Ask them to find the friend with the matching mitten.
51Another way to play: find your lost mitten Mitten Match GameAnother way to play: find your lost mittenHide one mitten from each pair in the room.Give every child a mitten.Ask them to find the one they “lost”.