Posts Tagged ‘Move with Music’

Programs on the go: Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj

Monday, October 24th, 2011

In our Move With Music program, we explore dance and music and stories and more. This week we talked about cats and mice…starting with this picture book about all the things your cat can’t tell you. Shhhhh– it’s a secret:

Use a deep voice and pat your thighs for the sound of a cat walking and tap your finger tips on your thighs and use a squeaky voice for the sound of a mouse walking for this interactive fingerplay:

The Cat and The Mouse (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)

The cat chases the mouse
The cat chases the mouse
Hi-ho the derry-o, the cat chases the mouse

The mouse runs away
The mouse runs away
Hi-ho the derry-o, the mouse runs away

(speed up)
The cat runs faster
The cat runs faster
Hi-ho the derry-o, the cat runs faster

(speed up)
The mouse gets away!
The mouse gets away!
Hi-ho the derry-o, the mouse gets away!

Ready to dance? Practice your kitty stretches and meow, flip your imaginary tale and comb your whiskers to this fun kitty song. Want a challenge? Make a “balance beam” out of masking tape and practice walking, hopping or twirling along the line.

Nice job Kitties! Read more stories about cats and stories about mice at the library!

Take Home Story Time: Make Your Own Instrument!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Today in our Move With Music program, we explored art and music with books, dance and crafts! Our next Move With Music session will be open for registration on October 5th at 9am! Check our calendar for more information.

Here is your take home version of today’s activities….

First, read a few great books about art:

Join a boy named Art who loves to make art! Hell squiggle and scribble and hell zig and zag and hellshow you why a picture on the refrigerator is worth a thousand words and at least one hug.

Join a boy named Art who loves to make art! He'll squiggle and scribble and he'll zig and zag and he'llshow you why a picture on the refrigerator is worth a thousand words and at least one hug.

When momma says no more painting, this artist cant help adding just a dab more here and a dab more there! Great rhyming fun!

When momma says no more painting, this artist can't help adding just a dab more here and a dab more there! Great rhyming fun!

Then make your own art that you can dance with!

Paper Plate Shaker Craft

1. Take a paper plate and fold it in half
2. Add some dried beans–a small handful will do
3. Staple the rounded edge of the plate to keep the beans in
4. Decorate! Add streamers, stickers or glue on some buttons. Color your shaker and get ready to dance!

Dance!

Use your shaker to dance and pretend you are a bird! Shake your tail feathers and scrape for worms. Pretend to build a nest and don’t forget to flap your wings!

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.

Rockin’ and Rollin’

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Kids love music, and it’s good for them too! Just as you rock them to sleep and teach them to roll themselves over, you can teach them great literacy skills, such as phonological awareness, by singing and playing music.

The library has a large collection of children’s music to choose from, including the newly ordered titles below.

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With songs like Marshmallow Farm, The Secret Life of Six & Big Rock Candy Mountain, your kids will moving and grooving!

Color Your Day!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Recite the energy rhyme :

My body has energy
I jump up and down
Now you see!
I don’t frown – No not me
Not when I have Energy!

Energy in my fingers
Energy in my toes
Energy in my elbows
Now it’s in my nose!

Energy in my head
Energy in my lips
Energy in my legs
Now it’s in my hips!

I don’t frown
No not me
Now when I have
Energy!

Sing My Energy from Under a Shady Tree by Laurie Berkner

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Read Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Sing Shake Your Scarves ♫ from The Second Line Scarf Activity Songs by Johnette Downing

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Sing Color Game from Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee by Jim Gill

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Sing Let’s Work Together and Make a Circle ♫ to the tune of Paw Paw Patch.

Sing the Choo Choo Song ♫.

Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo
Up the Railroad Track
Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo Choo
Now we come right back.
First we go to _____’s house and then we go to _____’s house
Then we go to _____’s house
And then we come right back!

Recite the Five Purple Polka Dots rhyme.

Five purple polka dots sitting on the floor,
one crawled away and then there were four.
Four purple polka dots got up on their knees,
one tipped over and then there were three.
Three purple polka dots stood on one shoe,
one fell down and there there were two.
Two purple polka dots started to run,
one stopped quickly and then there was one.
One purple polka dot rolled out the door,
when it disappeared there were no more.

Recite the Color Rhyme ♫.

If your clothes have any red, put your finger on your head.
Blue…finger on your shoe.
Green…wave your hand so you’re seen.
Yellow…smile like a happy fellow.
Brown…turn that smile into a frown.
Black…hands behind your back.
White…stamp your feet with all your might.

Sing Parade of Colors from Can a Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye? by Hal Palmer.

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Then join us next time for Move with Music! Check our Events calendar for upcoming sessions.

(Performed on April 20th, 2009 by Miss Mandie.)