Archive for the ‘Rhymes’ Category

Feel the Wind! STEM Storytime Fun

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

On a very blustery spring day, we explored the wind in preschool STEM storytime. We talked about using our senses to experience the wind: to feel the wind, to see the wind (even though you can’t see air, you can see wind blow flags, kites, ribbons, streamers), to hear the wind (what sound does it make? a howl, a whoosh), and even to smell the wind (salty, like an ocean breeze; sweet, like cinnamon or chocolate baking – mmmmm.) I used a wind cannon to show how they feel the wind and wind chimes to hear the wind.

Books read included The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins and I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb. The latter has experiments to do as you read, so we did some of these, like catching the wind in a plastic bag (simple, but it works!)

We talked a little about wind energy and windmills. Next, we danced with scarves so they could make the air move and see it moving to Fred Penner’s  song I am the Wind.

For our last group activity, we used the always popular parachute to demonstrate making wind and watching and feeling the air move. We started by sitting around the parachute, creating a gentle breeze with a slow up and down motion. Then it got windier and the breeze picked up! To end the children lay down on the floor under the parachute while parents made a swirling windstorm overhead.

There were several activity stations to explore the wind, including:

  • Cotton ball  soccer, where one used a straw to blow the “soccer balls” toward the goals.
  • Pinwheels that children could blow or put in front of a fan to make them blow. They experimented with holding the pinwheel at different angles and closer and farther from the fan.
  • A hot and cold air experiment with a balloon and a soda bottle, to demonstrate how air expands when heated to make wind (and shown by the balloon inflating!) We had two large bowls, one with hot water and one with ice water to move the soda bottle between. When the bottle  is moved to the ice, the balloon deflates rapidly.  This experiment is from Vicki Cobb’s book mentioned above. Thanks to the LibraryMakers blog for suggesting really hot water and ice to make the experiment work better.
  • Making wind socks  from construction paper and streamers.

Rhyme Time Loves You!

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Have you been to Rhyme Time? Rhyme Time is our open story time for children 18 months to 3yrs and their favorite grownups. In this program parents and kids actively learn rhymes, songs and fingerplays all designed to enhance early literacy and encourage fun!

Here is what we did in Rhyme Time this week so you can follow along at home!

Read it!

Our theme was all about love….read three love stories about babies in the book More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera Williams. We made sure to snuggle every time a baby said more!

What kind of hugs do baby animals get? Find out with lift-up flaps in Hugaboo, I Love You! by Hans Wilhelm

Sing it!

Action Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.

 Repeat with: Stomp your feet, rub your tummy, pat your knees

Read it!

How much can you love someone? Little Nut Brown Hare wants to find out in Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.

How many kisses does it take to turn a crying baby into a sleeping baby? Find out in Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Sing it!

Everybody Know I Love My Toes

Everybody knows I love my toes,
Everybody knows I love my toes,
I love my eyes, ears, mouth and nose
Everybody knows I love my toes.

Repeat with:

I love my knees, chin, belly and nose
I love my hair, cheeks, back and nose
I love my fingers, shoulders, ankles and nose
I love my neck, tongue, eyebrows and nose
I love my arms, legs, head and nose

Clap it!

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands

Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your hands together.
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap your hands together.

Jump, jump, jump up high . . .
Spin, spin, spin around . . .
Wave, wave, wave good-bye . . .

Want more Rhyme Time? Join us next Tuesday at 10:30 or Wednesday at 9:30 for more fun!

A is for Apples: Books, Songs & Activities for Fall

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This time of year we usually get many requests for books about fall favorites like apples. Are you ready for fall? We sure are!

Check out our collection of books about apples and pair one with the rhyme below.

Apple Song (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O)

There is a fruit
that’s good to eat
and apple is it’s name-oh!
A-P-P-L-E
A-P-P-L-E
A-P-P-L-E
And apple is it’s name-oh!


And why not try one of these apple activities while you’re at it?

  • Read about Apples: Visit the library and check out some books or a puzzle about apples.
  • Pick Apples: Find a “pick-your-own” apple farm and spend a few hours picking and counting apples. Talk about the different colors of the apples, the sounds in the orchard and about what you may do with all the apples you are picking!
  • Sort Apples: When you take your apples home put them all out on the table and sort them into piles by color, by size, etc. Count how many of each type you have.
  • Make an Apple Print: Cut an apple in half and dip the exposed side in craft paint. Make prints on craft paper and let dry. When the paint is dry you can color in seeds or a stem or even a friendly green worm!
  • Cook Applesauce: Take 4 peeled, cored and chopped apples and add 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar or honey and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Simmer on the stove until soft and mushy.

Last, but not least, sing along with Raffi.

Today is Tuesday! Exploring the Days of the Week With Books and Fun.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Explore the days of the week with books, songs and fun!

Start with a few stories about an ornery cat, a hungry little guy and the most helpful chickens you will ever meet…

	 Cookie the cat gets into a different kind of mischief every day of the week.

Cookie the cat gets into a different kind of mischief every day of the week.

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Six days a week the chickens help the Greenstalk family and their animals recover from mishaps that occur on the farm, but they need one day to rest.

Six days a week the chickens help the Greenstalk family and their animals recover from mishaps that occur on the farm, but they need one day to rest.

Then sprinkle in a clapping song…

Days of the Week

(Tune: Addams Family)

Days of the week         (clap clap)

Days of the week         (clap clap)

Days of the week, days of the week,

days of the week.


There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,

There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,

There’s Thursday and there’s Friday,

And then there’s Saturday.

Repeat chorus

Finally, turn up your speakers and dance your way through the days of the week with “I’m Gonna Catch You” by Laurie Berkner

Did you like this post? For more fun like this, be sure to check out our Move With Music class for children ages 2-5.

Little seeds grow….

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Friday April 22 is Earth Day, but you can have fun exploring nature with your child everyday! Here is a fun fingerplay you can teach your child about flowers in the spring time:

Flowers in a Row (to the tune of Down by the Station)

Out in the garden (crouch down), Early in the Springtime,
See the pretty flowers, grow in a row! (slowly raise up)
See the little bees, flying down to greet them! (wiggle fingers around like bees)
Buzz, Buzz, swish-swish, high they grow! (stretch tall on tippy toes)

Here are some easy ways to explore nature with your child:

  • Take a walk! Talk to your child about the plants and animals in your neighborhood. How many red flowers can you count? What does that rough tree bark feel like?
  • Collect leaves, twigs, acorns and other small pieces of nature from your yard. Glue your bits of nature to a piece of paper to make a collage.
  • Plant seeds for small flowers like marigolds in a paper cup or small flower pot. Let your child water the plant and watch it grow.
  • Visit the library for books about bees, squirrels, fish or any other natural topic your child shows an interest it!

Can you hear that?

Friday, April 8th, 2011

 

April is National Poetry Month! Poetry is fun to read and fun to write, but to really enjoy poetry many feel it must be HEARD. Listening to poems can help kids develop important literacy skills like phonological awareness, the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words, and vocabulary, or knowing the names of things. Here are a few books that are not only beautiful to look at, but also come with CDs so that the poems come alive at home, in the car–anywhere you are!

Trees Please!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Trees are everywhere and we love them! Get ready to watch the trees around your neighborhood slowly bud, flower and grow beautiful green leaves! While you are waiting, enjoy books,  songs and finger-plays about our green friends.

Read stories about trees!

Learn facts about trees with books from our new Non-Fiction Readers section!

Here is a fun song about the parts of a tree sung to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Leaves (wiggle fingers above head), Branches (hold arms out to the sides),
Trunk (touch belly) and Roots (touch toes). Trunk and Roots.
(repeat)
Squirrels (hold up hands like paws) and Birds (flap arms) and Nests (cup hands together) and Fruits (pantomime picking apples)
Leaves, Branches, Trunk and Roots! Trunk and Roots!

Talk to your child about what animals live in trees. In Ohio, we see LOTS of squirrels! Here is a fun fingerplay about these  ubiquitous critters:

Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel, (hold hands up like paws)
Shake your bushy tail! (shake bottom)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tale!

Wrinkle up your little nose! (wrinkle nose)
Put a nut between your toes! (tap paws together)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tail!

Looking for more? Stop by the Arbor Day Society’s “Teaching Youth about Trees” page for more games, printables and fun!

Vroom Vroom!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Kids won’t sit still?  These fun action rhymes will entertain them.

Twinkle, Twinkle Traffic Light (tune:  Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light, (open & close hands)
Standing at the corner bright. (rest elbow on opposite arm)
Red means stop (palm out), green means go, (wave hands)
Yellow means to drive real slow. (pretend to steer car)
Twinkle, twinkle traffic light, (open & close hands)
Standing at the corner bright. (rest elbow on opposite arm)

 

C-A-R (tune:  Bingo)
I have a bright red shiny car, I’m driving it today-o!
C-A-R, beep beep!  C-A-R, beep beep!  C-A-R, beep beep!
I’m driving it today-o!
(repeat 3 times with claps for the letters)

More books about cars, trucks, and things that go!  And don’t forget to join us every Saturday morning at 11:00 for Saturday Tales!

Best Not-Too-Scary Picture Books

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

It’s that time of year — ghosts and goblins will soon be trolling our streets looking for treats.  Get the kids in the mood with these fun books guaranteed NOT to keep them up all night!

Complement your reading by really getting into character with this fun action rhyme!

Monsters Galore!
Monsters galore, can you roar?  (roar)
Monsters galore, can you soar?  (flying motion)
Monsters galore, please shut the door.  (clap hands once)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor!  (fall down)

Come to Saturday Tales October 17 at 11:00 for more Silly Monster fun with Miss Lisa!

Miss Carol’s Storytime Goodbye

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye….

For those who have come to know and love her, Miss Carol’s retirement will be a bittersweet event. We hope you can join her for one last storytime on August 3rd from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

photo-carol

She’ll be sharing her favorite books, music, rhymes and knock-knock jokes! You’ve heard them before but come hear them one last time at Miss Carol’s Storytime Goodbye! (No registration needed.)

Carol Vernon in action

What’s your favorite Miss Carol moment? Let her know by commenting below!