It’s time for another LapSit Storytime! This time I picked two stories that have to do with love or friendships or hearts–just a mini plug for Valentines Day. I don’t normally get too crazy with themes for this age group.
Here’s a list of what we did:
Rhyme – Welcome, Welcome Everyone
This is to the tune of twinkle, twinkle little star and it is my way to welcome my crew to storytime.Welcome, welcome everyoneNow you’re here, we’ll have some fun!
First we’ll clap our hands just so,
Then we’ll bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone
Now you’re here, we’ll have some fun!
ASL – Hello Friends
I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
Movement Exercise – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
I like to get warmed up with this classic.
Song w/ Movements – Hands are for Clapping by Jim Gill
We follow along with the lyrics and do the movements.
Movement Exercise – Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands
This is a song with easy movements that can help with dexterity.Roll, roll, roll your handsAs fast as fast can be
Do it now, let me see. Do it now with me.
(repeat with verses for clapping hands, tapping feet, and shaking legs)
Story – A Splendid Friend, Indeed! by Suzanne Bloom
This one is a lot of fun if you do the voices!
Bounce – This is the Way the Lady Rides
This is one of my most popular bounces. We get faster and faster with each verse.
This is the way the lady rides
Lady ride, lady rides.
This the way on her way to town.
Repeat with Gentleman, Doctor and Cowboy.
Movement Rhyme – I’m a Little Tea Pot
This is a classic and if I have some bigger kids in the group they can do it themselves.
Song w/ Movements – The Wheels on the Bus
We use the version where the babies bounce not cry.
Bounce – Going Up and Down in an Elevator
Obviously we like our bounces. Baby goes up and down as you do the rhyme.
Going up and down in an elevator
Up and down in an elevator
Up and down in an elevator
First floor, second floor, third floor, Yay!
Story – My Heart is Like a Zoo by Micheal Hall
Our library doesn’t actually own a copy of this one, so I made my own storyboard with craft sticks.
Song w/ Scarves – Let’s Go Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins
I like to switch between a song with shakers and a song with scarves. This week we went with the scarves. They’re my personal favorite.
Movement Rhyme – Row, Row, Row Your Boat
We pick a nice slow rhyme so slow down with.
ASL – Goodbye Friends
We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
Song – Goodbye, So long, Farewell My Friends by Music Together
Just a slow, goodbye song I always put on as I open the doors to say goodbye.
How’d it go? This is always an easy group to please. We had a good turnout and even some new faces. All in all, a successful storytime!
That’s all for now!