Saturday, February 28, 2015

Baby Bloomers, Crawlers, and Totally Tots- Birthdays

Last week's story time sessions feel so far away, we have had unbearable cold weather and snow but our families are amazing and show up every week ready to "wiggle" and  chant rhymes.  Last week I did Birthdays for my theme. We started with our opening song

Everybody say one, story time has just began
Everybody say two, shake your shoulders show your shoes
Everybody say three, listen very carefully
Everybody say four, and put your bottoms on the floor

A wiggle, wiggle here
A wiggle, wiggle there.
Wiggle your hands up in the air
Wiggle our shoulders and wiggle your hips,
Wiggle your knees and move your lips,
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
And wiggle and bend
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
And this is the end!

Book: The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
 I love this book, the illustrations are perfect for this age group,
Touch Your Nose
Touch your nose
Touch your chin,
That’s the way this game begins
Touch your thighs
Touch your knees,
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze
Touch your hair
Touch your ears,
Now touch your two lips right here
Touch your elbows,
Where they bend
That’s the way this touch game ends.

Nursery Rhyme:Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Song: Walking, Walking  I have been repeating this song almost every week because it gives us a great opportunity to dance and move around. 

Book:It's My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury


Hand Motion rhyme: Birthday candles
Birthday candles one-two-three (hold up fingers on the count)
Birthday candles just for me! (point to self)
Last year two- next year four (hold up two fingers on left hand and four fingers on right)
Birthday candles I want more! (hold up 10 fingers)

I had planned on using the above rhyme but instead used a flannel I made a few years ago using pictures describing the entire process of making a cake- recipe, ingredients, mixing, oven, icing, and of course candles.  Kids love playing with the flannel board and it is a great way to engage shy kids. 

Song: If You Are Happy and You Know It

Book:  Spot's Birthday Party by Eric Hill 
 The version we read had flips where all the different friends were hiding and it worked out really nice with small groups because we could all take turns lifting the flaps. 

Movement Rhyme: Open, Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap
Creep them, creep them
Creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin,
Open up your little mouth
But do not let them in!

Bubble Time

Goodbye Song- We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
to all our friends.
We clap our hands like this,
We clap our hands like this,
with all our friends.
Story time has ended.