Posts Tagged ‘Saturday Tales’


Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Worms.  They’re slimy, slithery, and a little bit gross.  Which is probably why kids love them so much!  Check out some books about the little wrigglers, then round out your reading with a rhyme and fingerplay.

And if you still can’t get enough, bring the kids to this program to meet some worms and find out how to make your very own worm bin.  (It’s easy, and not as yucky as it seems!)

More books about worms!

(Gross) Rhyme:
It’s such a shock
I almost screech
when I find a worm
inside my peach.
But then, what really
makes me blue
is to find a worm
who’s bitten in two!

Finger play:
I lifted a stone and saw a worm,
(place hand over opposite pointer finger and “lift”)
I watched him wiggle and squiggle and squirm.
(wiggle index finger)
Hello Mr. Worm!  How are you today?
(talk to index finger)
But the worm just silently wiggled away.
(wiggle index finger away)

Did you know this post was based on a storytime?  Come to Saturday Tales and see what else we have to offer!

Stuck in a Rut

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Ahhh, days are getting longer, trees are budding, the air is a little warmer…it’s Spring!  Break out of your winter doldrums with some books about being stuck

Then dance to “Stick to the Glue” by Jim Gill , “Sticky Bubble Gum” by Carole Peterson, or “Chew Chew Chew” and “Molasses Molasses” by the timeless Ella Fitzgerald.  Furthering a reading experience with related music is a great way to work on early literacy skills

And don’t forget to come to Saturday Tales for more fun ideas like this!

More books about getting stuck!

Under the Big Top

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Get over your winter blues with a circus at home!  Pretend to juggle with cotton balls.  Place a long piece of masking tape on the floor and practice walking it like a tight rope walker.  Pretend to be a lion and lion tamer.  Do somersaults and other amazing acrobatic feats.  Do the action rhyme listed below, then pop some popcorn and enjoy some great circus books!


Funny Clown, Funny Clown (Tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)
Funny clown, funny clown,
spin around.
Funny clown, funny clown,
jump up and down.
Funny clown, funny clown,
shake your hips.
Funny clown, funny clown,
wiggle your lips.
Funny clown, funny clown,
touch your toes.
Funny clown, funny clown,
honk your nose.

If you love this idea, check out Saturday Tales every week at 11:00 for more great storytime themes!

Croc Crazy!

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Do your kids go crazy for crocodiles and alligators?   Check out:

Crocodaddy by Kim Norman, or

An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni.

Then, sit on the floor with your child between your outstretched legs and act out this fun version of Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

Row, row, row your boat (rock forward and backward)
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily merrily
Life is but a dream
Rock, rock, rock the boat (sway side to side)
Over rapids we go
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Hope we don’t need a tow.
Row, row, row, your boat (rock forward and backward)
Underneath the stream
Ha-ha fooled you!
You’re a submarine! (lean child backward and bring up again)
Row, Row, Row your boat (rock forward and backward)
Gently down the stream
If you see an alligator
Don’t forget to scream! Aaaaagh! (Make a “mouth” from thumb and fingers and nibble on tummies or fingertips.)

Join us every week for Saturday Tales!  Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming programs.

Added bonus:  Singing songs and reading books with rhyme, such as Crocodaddy, enhances your child’s phonological awareness.  For more information about the six early literacy skills that can help your child get ready to read, check out our Born to Read page!

A Little “Mo”jo

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Find mo’ books by Mo Willems.