Family Storytime: Hello Winter!
Hi Guys, it is now officially winter and so let’s all say hello to winter in this family storytime for all ages!
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.
Hello Rhyme – Say Hello
This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!
Stretch – Simon Says
This is a great way to get the kids up and moving.
ASL – SNOW / COLD / WINTER
I always teach my group a few American Sign Language signs to go with every theme. This is great to help frustrated little ones communicate but it also helps make our world a better place by fostering communication with each other. We have a large deaf community near my library so learning just a few signs are great! I usually use Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language.
Book – Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks OR Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
I haven’t decided which one of these I am going to use yet. I am going to gauge my audience the day of.
Rhyme – Snowflake, Snowflake in the Sky
Another fun one from Jbrary with simple movements and a nice rhyme.
Song – Snow on the Rooftops by Kathy Reid-Naiman
Magnet/White Board – The First Day of Winter by Karma WilsonFor this one, I am going to draw my snowman body on the white board and add my magnets as I “sing” the story to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. This should be interesting.
This is a game my mom taught me. You put the kids to sleep by saying: “sleeping, sleeping a
Book/Puppets – Oh! by Kevin HenkesI’m getting more into puppets, which is perfect for this book because it is a little small. So the puppets will add nicely to the story.
Rhyme w/props – The Winter Hokey Pokey
I intend to bring in mittens and gloves and add on each garment as we do that part of the hokey pokey.
Song/Shakers – Jingle Bells
Why not shake to Jingle Bells, that is the question.
Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
Rhyme – Say Goodbye
This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.
Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
Everyone helps put our shakers away
Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
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:
This one cracked me up! First, I changed up my intro and exit a bit and tried some random rhymes I found the other day. I’ll post about them later. And then I totally butchered The First Day of Winter with my singing and everyone was cracking up with me about it. The kids might have been confused but the parents got a kick out of it. ALSO, the kids kept stealing my magnets so my snowman didn’t come out quite right.
Finally, a woman after the program came up to me and asked me if I was an opera singer because I was SO LOUD! hahahahahaha! Made my day.
All and all, this was a really fun storytime!
That’s all for now!