Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Kids ROCK!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Parents often ask us: Where in the world do you find the great rock-n-roll kids’ music that you use in your storytimes like Saturday Tales?

Well, we get it at the library!

We believe that parents and kids have more fun when music is involved in storytime and there is a lot of great music out there for kids. Here are  some of our favorite rock-&-rollin, not-your-granny’s albums for kids….

Kids can cook!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

With Spring Break quickly approaching, moms and dads and grandmas and grandpas all over Westerville will have houses full of hungry (and after five minutes home) bored kids. Why not have some fun in the kitchen with these new themed cookbooks!

Still hungry? Try these awesome kids cookbooks! Or these fun non-fiction readers about food!

STILL HUNGRY!? Check out one of our favorite kids’ artists, Laurie Berkner singing “Song in my Tummy” off of her album Under a Shady Tree.

Want more ideas? Check out our Cooking 101 for Kids guide!

Is it Spring Cleaning time yet?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Spring is getting closer everyday and with spring comes SPRING CLEANING! Share the fun with your child with these books about keeping it clean.

Arthur Helps Out by Marc Brown

Arthur has a lot of chores, but he wants to go out and play–will he be able to get his work done in time?

How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps by Jennifer Huget

A young girl provides humorous advice on how to tidy a bedroom-in 10 easy steps. The first step is the easiest–mess up the room!

Mrs McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks

Not many of us hang our wash on a line like Mrs. McNosh, but even fewer of us hang up everything around the house like Mrs. McNosh! Bats and newspapers and even the phone, Mrs. McNosh is on a spree. This silly rhyming book is a perennial favorite.

Check out more books about cleaning!

For silly cleaning fun, try dancing to the tune “I took a bath in a washing machine” by Jim Gill

Or sing this camp song with your child for even more silly clean fun!

Wishy Washy Washerwoman
Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman washin’ her clothes
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
She goes (wash motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman washes her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman dryin’ her clothes
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
She goes (drying motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman dries her clothes

Way down in the valley where nobody goes
There’s a wishy washy washer woman foldin’ her clothes
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
She goes (folding motions)
That’s how the wishy washy washer woman folds her clothes

…pickin’ her nose…
…eatin’ oreos…
…paintin’ her toes…
…puttin’ on pantyhose…
…sayin’ goodbye…

Road Trip!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Okay, so maybe you and your kids are not part of the select (lucky) group that can read in the car without getting sick.  Never fear!  Travel time is not lost time when you use music to enhance your pre-reader’s early literacy skills.  Grab two chopsticks, pencils, crayons, or sticks and make your own rhythm sticks!  Sing these fun songs:

This Is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks.
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Everybody Count to Six (to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)
Everybody count to six,
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Tap to six upon your sticks,
One, two, three, four, five, six.
Additional verses (change only the third line):
Scrape to six upon your sticks…
Pound to six upon your sticks…
Hammer to six upon your sticks…

Or, check out some CDs and tap along!

Reserve it! Reserve it!

If your kids love music, join us every other Thursday for Get Musical.  Check out our Events Calendar to register for more information!

Play like Tarzan!

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Recite a Gorilla poem.

I am big, dark and hairy and the thing that I like to do best –
Is to look all ferocious and scary, while pounding my giant big chest!
What am I?

Tell a Gorilla joke.

Knock, knock. / Gorilla / Gorilla me a hamburger, I’m hungry!
Knock, knock. / Police / Police stop telling me knock-knock jokes!

Do the Tarzan’s Thymus Tap breathing exercise:  (p. 36)

Start in mountain and jump feet apart.
Make two fists, take a deep breath in and pound your chest.
Howl, yowl & yodel.
Repeat.

Do the Untying the Knots warm-up exercise.  (p. 44)

Squeeze your hands into fists, and your feet up tight.
Scrunch up your neck, back and shoulders.
Now loosen up each part, one at a time.
Then, shake your whole body like jelly!
Shake all over to get nicely and loose and jiggly.
Now, reach down to the floor in a forward bend.
Take a deep breath in, then blow all your air back out.
Take another deep breath in and sway side to side while blowing all your air back out.

Sing Just Like the Monkeys ♫ from Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro by Ralph Covert.

Reserve It!

Play the following Gorilla games.

What kind of ways do gorillas move? (jump, scratch, eat bugs, pound chest, etc.)
Play big gorilla, little gorilla mirror game.
Find a partner, one of you is the big gorilla and the other is the little gorilla.
If you are the little gorilla, copy everything the big gorilla does.  Switch roles and repeat.

Then join us next time for Yoga Tales! Check our Events calendar for upcoming sessions.

(Performed on April 30th, 2009 by Miss Mandie.)

Jungle Jamboree

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Recite the 5 Little Monkeys rhyme.

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree,
teasing Mr. Crocodile, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile quiet as can be
and . . . SNAP! Run monkey, run!
4 – 3 – 2 – 1
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree
and one Mr. Crocodile, hungry as can be.

Sing Wimoweh from Whaddaya Think of That by Laurie Berkner.

whaddaya

Read Roar! by Pamela Edwards.

Sing The Elephant from Early Childhood Classics by Hap Palmer.

Reserve It!

Then join us next time for Preschool Special! Check our Events calendar for upcoming sessions.

(Performed on April 17th, 2009 by Miss Mandie.)