Summertime!

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The Plan

Opening Action Song: “Bananas” by Jim Gill Presents Music Play For Folks of All Stripes  CD

jim gill presents music play

Book: Zoomer’s Summer Snowstorm by Ned Young

Zoomer wants to cool off during the summer heat by making a snow cone that quickly spirals out of control and turns his backyard into a winter wonderland!

Zoomer's summer

Action Rhyme: 5 Little Hotdogs

5 little hotdogs in the fry pan, (hold up all your fingers and wiggle them)
The grease got hot and one went BAM! (clap loudly)
4 little hotdogs in the fry pan, (hold up four fingers and wiggle them)
The grease got hot and one went BAM! (clap loudly)
3 little hotdogs in the fry pan, (hold up three fingers and wiggle them)
The grease got hot and one went BAM! (clap loudly)
2 little hotdogs in the fry pan, (hold up two fingers and wiggle them)
The grease got hot and one went BAM! (clap loudly)
1 little hotdog in the fry pan, (hold up one finger and wiggle it)
The grease got hot and it went BAM! (clap loudly)
No little hotdogs in the fry pan, (hold up a fist and shake it)
The pan got hot and it went BAM! (clap loudly)

Book: Mouse’s Summer Muddle by Anita Loughrey

Little mouse sees sparkles in the pond and wonders what they are.  Are they treasure?  Owl finally explains to mouse where the sparkles come from.

Mouse's Summer Muddle

Flannelboard: Summer Shapes

 

Book: Birdsong by Ellie Sandall

All different kinds of birds join each other on a tree branch making all kinds of noise.  All that changes when a big bird with a big noise joins them.

Birdsong

Action Rhyme: Watermelon Song

sung to tune “Are You Sleeping?”

Watermelon, watermelon, (Make a circle with your arms.)
On the vine, on the vine,
(Curve hands and arms beside body.)
Sweet and red and juicy, sweet and red and juicy,
(Rub your tummy.)
Please be mine! Please be mine!(Palms together as though pleading.)
Watermelon, watermelon,
(Make a circle with your arms.)
Thump, thump, thump,
Thump, thump, thump,
(Make a thumping movement with thumb and middle finger.)
I think you are ready- I think you are ready-
(Point, resting finger on your temple.)
Big and plump! Big and plump!
(Make a circle with your arms.)

Book: Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth

An ABC book about a pesky fly that gets into lots of things around the house before meeting his demise.

Old Black Fly

Handout/Craft/Game/Activity

I handed out a Summer Activity Book that I made to each child to take home and have fun with.  I just pulled images off the internet to create it.  Very simple, but they loved it.

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How It Went

The kids enjoyed today’s storytime and the favorite books were Zoomer’s Summer Snowstorm and Old Black Fly.  This storytime was a bittersweet one.  This was my final storytime as I will be leaving the end of this week for another position.  Hopefully this blog will continue to be used and enjoyed by many!

Fishing

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The Plan

Opening Action Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” by Songs for Wiggleworms CD

songs for wiggleworms cd

Book: The Biggest Fish by Sheila Keenan

A mayor wants his town to stand out in a big way, so he has a contest for the biggest fish.  Many townspeople catch very big fish, but it’s the painter that wins the prize!

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Action Rhyme: We’re Going on a Fish Hunt

Chorus:
We’re going on a fish hunt (we’re going on a fish hunt)
We’re gonna catch a big one (we’re gonna catch a big one)
What a beautiful day! (what a beautiful day!)
We’re not scared (we’re not scared)
UH OH! Grass! Long tall grass!
Bridge:
We can’t go over it
We can’t go under it
We gotta go through it
Swishy, swashy, swishy, swashy Swishy, swashy, swishy, swashy! rub hands together
Chorus
UH OH! A rainstorm! Flashy crashy rainstorm!
Bridge
Pitter, patter, Boom, Boom, pitter, patter, boom, boom! Tap knees w/ hands
Chorus

UH OH! Mud! Ooey, gooey mud!
Bridge
Glorp, glorp, glorp, glorp, glorp, glorp! move feet up and down
Chorus
UH OH! A lake! A shady, wavy lake!
Bridge
Paddle, paddle, paddle, paddle! move arms as though paddling in a canoe
Chorus
UH OH! A bug cloud! An itchy, scratchy bug cloud!
Bridge
Buzz, swat! Buzz, swat! Buzz, swat! Buzz, swat! Swat arms and legs
Speak the following: A tug! A tug on the pole! It’s a fish, I think I got it! I’m pullin! There it is- It’s flopping away, we have to catch it! Hurry back through the:
Bug cloud – Buzz swat, buzz swat! swat arms and legs
Lake – Paddle, paddle, paddle paddle! move arms in paddling motion
Mud – Glorp, glorp, glorp, glorp! move feet up and down
Rainstorm – Pitter, patter, Boom, boom! Tap knees w/ hands
Grass – Swishy, swashy, swishy, swashy! rub hands together
Speak the following: We caught it! Whoa he’s slimy! Hold ‘m tight, we don’t want him to get loose! Hurry, put him back in the water, back through the:
Grass – Swishy, swashy, swishy, swashy! rub hands together
Rainstorm – Pitter, patter, Boom, boom! Tap knees w/ hands
Mud – Glorp, glorp, glorp, glorp! move feet up and down
Lake – Paddle, paddle, paddle paddle! move arms in paddling motion
Bug cloud – Buzz swat, buzz swat! swat arms and legs
Speak the following: Quick throw the fish back in the water! Whew! That was a close one!

Book: Bears on Ice by Jill Kalz

Three bears go fishing on the frozen lake in their fishing hut.  They have a hard time catching fish and keep themselves busy in different ways while waiting.  Finally, they catch one and realize they have fun just being together.

bears on ice

Flannelboard: Five Little Fishies

 

Book: Just Fishing With Grandma by Mercer Mayer

Another fun Critters book!  Someone wants to go fishing and asks everyone in his family if they can take him.  Everyone is busy except for Grandma.  They have some mishaps, but realize in the end that they had fun anyway.

just fishing with grandma

Action Rhyme: Catch a Fish

One, Two, Three, four, Five
(count fingers on left hand)
I caught a little fish alive
(catch fingers on right hand with left hand)
Why did you let it go?
(release fingers quickly)
Because it bit my fingers so.
(shake right hand)
Which finger did it bite?
The little finger on the right.
(point to little finger on right hand)

Handout/Craft/Game/Activity

We went fishing for prizes today!  It was time to clear out our prize cupboard from past summer reading years.  I made a fishing pole out of a long tube with a string and clothespin attached at the end.  I had the kids fish over a large cardboard stand-up that we had.  I sat on the other side and clipped a prize to the end of their fishing line.  I gave a tug so they knew when to reel it in.  The kids thought this was fantastic!

How It Went

This was the first storytime this summer so it was a super busy one!  I made sure to have an easy activity at the end instead of a craft since I didn’t know how many kids I was going to have.  I think it was very successful.

Five Little Fishies Flannelboard

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Five Little Fishies Swimming in the Sea

Five little fishies, swimming in the sea,
Teasing Mr. Shark “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Shark, as quiet as can be…
And (clap hands) SNAPS that fishy right out of the sea.

(Repeat with four fish, three fish, two, etc.)

So alone swims Mr. Shark as quiet as can be
And he looked and he looked…
“No more fishies for me.”

Birthday Cake Flannelboard

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birthday cake flannel

Five Candles

Five candles on a birthday cake,
And not one more
You may blow one candle out,
And that leaves four!

Four candles on a birthday cake,
There for all to see
You may blow one candle out,
And that leaves three!

Three candles on a birthday cake,
Standing straight and true
You may blow one candle out,
And that leaves two!

Two candles on a birthday cake,
Helping us have fun
You may blow one candle out,
And that leaves one!

One candle on a birthday cake,
We know it’s task is done
You may blow the candle out,
And that leaves none!

Credit: Storytimekatie

 

Paintbrushes Flannelboard

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paintbrush flannel

I got this idea and made a template from Storytime Katie.  I plan on using this flannel activity during my art themed storytime this summer.

I know the colors of the rainbow.
Do you know them too?
If one color were missing,
Would you know which hue?

The idea is to let the kids see all the paintbrushes laid out in rainbow order.  Then, flip the felt board around and remove a color and see if they can guess which one it was.

Color Soup Flannelboard

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color soup flannel

I found this flannelboard idea at several places on the internet, so I don’t know who to credit.  I plan on using this flannelboard activity during my Rainbow theme storytime this summer.  Here’s how it goes:

Start with the fruit pieces up on the felt board in rainbow order.  Put the colored strips of the rainbow into a pot (maybe something like a bucket or from Halloween).  Name all the fruits with the children before starting.  Use a wooden spoon to stir the pot during the rhyme.  Pull out the corresponding color strip and place on the felt board.

Take an apple,
Put it in the pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.

Take it out now.
What will it be?
The prettiest RED you ever did see!

Continue with all the fruits to create a rainbow!

Summer Shapes Flannelboard

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summer shapes 1 flannel summer shapes 2 flannel

I am going to use this flannel during my Summertime storytime this summer when they start up again.  I got this idea from Storytime Katie.  First, you start with all the shapes flipped over as in the first picture.  You start a discussion with the children about what kind of shapes we see in the summertime.  Point to each shape, name it, and then ask where this shape can be found during the summer.  For example: the red square is a picnic blanket.  The blue rectangle is a beach towel, yellow circle is the sun, etc.  Have them guess first before flipping them over.