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Family Storytime – 5/18/19 – FOOD 

Family Storytime – 5/18/19 – FOOD

  1. Song – Top of the Morning

This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.

  1. Hello Rhyme – Say Hello

  2. This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!

  3. Stretch – Simon Says

  4. We did about three rounds to help get us warmed up.


  6. I always teach three or four signs based on our theme in my family storytimes. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.

  7. This is a fun one for babies and my more mobile kids. For babies you keep them in your lap and for the older ones you let them jump up at the end.

Toast in the toaster Getting very hot! Tick-tock, tick-tock Up you pop!

  1. Book – Hannah’s Tall Order: an A to Z Sandwich by Linda Vander HeydenThis is a newer one for the library and I sort of love it. The rhyme is very familiar, almost Dr. Seuss and I love when she sends the sandwich back at the end. Also a fun way to learn about new foods.

  2. Rhyme/Scarves – Popcorn Kernels 

  3. I’ve done this one with my babies before. Use a scarf and it is even more fun.

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (Squish your scarf up in your hands!) In the pot, in the pot Shake them, shake them, shake them! (Shake them up!) Shake them, shake them, shake them! ‘Til they pop! ‘Til they pop! (Throw your scarf up in the air and catch it on the way down!)

  1. Song/Scarves – Spaghetti Legs by Raffi

  1. We continued to use our scarves to identify our body parts with this song.

  2. Book – Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

  3. This is a small book for a big group but great for a food theme because it turns our favorite foods on their heads. Candy is icky and Spinach is deeeeelish!

  4. Song – On top of spaghetti by Tom Glazer

  5. I am making my crew use their voices with this one. We are going to do it as a repeat after me. I will sing the line and then they sing after.

  6. Rhyme – Apples and Bananas 

  7. Then we sang this gem of a song. Which is great for phonetic awareness for the littler guys and for learning about vowels with the bigger guys.

  8. Book – The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

  9. I LOVE doing this one because you can really get into the acting side of things. I love pretending that I’ve swallowed a watermelon seed and am freaking out. I may have more fun with it then my audience.

  10. Rhyme/Puppets – Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?

  11. I did this one with puppets. I had my cookie jar (box) and my animal puppets inside. Then I brought each one and the crowd helps me find the cookie thief… hint- It’s the dinosaur!

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? ______________ stole the cookie from the cookie jar. “Who me?” Yes, you! “Couldn’t be.” Then who?

  1. Song/Shakers –  Happy Feet by Joanie Bartels

  1. I like to break out the shakers at the end of storytime otherwise I have to scream over shakers the whole time. But boy, do we love our shaking!

  2. Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It

  3. I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.

  4. Rhyme – Say Goodbye

  5. This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.

  6. Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band

  7. Everyone helps put our shakers away.

  8. Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together

  9. I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go:

The parents indulged me with their singing, so I only forced them to do three verses of the meatball song. They sounded like I was torturing them, so I nixed the second half. Ha! I thought it was only fair for them to sing since I am the one always doing the sing/shouting. Other than that this was a great storytime!

That’s all for now!


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