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CRAFTS | Old MacDonald’s Barn 2.0

24 Apr

Some photos on my new, improved! barn, now with more a barnlike roofline and hay instead of grass. Plus, MacDonald’s sign over his animules’ home. A definite improvement over the prototype.

 

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OPENING SONG | “So Happy You’re Here” by Hap Palmer

16 Jan

A brilliant way to start storytime! Thanks, Mr. Palmer!

SO HAPPY YOU’RE  HERE

Sing Doo wah doo, Tra la la, Yo-dle-ay, Sha na na
Hi dee hi, Howdy doo
It’s all a funny way to say, “We’re glad you’re here today!”

Now give yourself a pat on the back
Reach out and shake your own hand
Give a gentle squeeze to say you’re pleased We’re so happy you’re here today, today We’re so happy you’re here today

Sing Fee fi fo, Fiddly dee
Shooby doo, Golly gee
Skizzamaroo, An a hi to you
Now turn and face someone and say, “We’re glad you’re here today!”

Now give someone a pat on the back Reach out and shake a hand
Give a gentle squeeze to say you’re pleased We’re so happy you’re here today, today We’re so happy you’re here today

Activity:
This is a song to warm up our voices and welcome everyone to music and movement time. Listen to each funny phrase, then sing it back like an echo. During the first chorus, give yourself a pat on the back, shake your own hand, and give yourself a hug and squeeze. During the second chorus, give someone else a pat on the back, shake her/his hand, and give that person a gentle squeeze to say, “We’re so happy you’re here today!”

Instrumental:
Make up your own funny phrases. Write them on the board, then sing the song using your ideas. You can also create a funny motion that goes with each phrase and play follow the leader

PDF > OPENING SONG: So Happy You’re Here by Hap Palmer

CLOSING SONG | “I Love My Library”

15 Jan

I adapted “London Bridge” to create my closing song for storytimes:

I LOVE MY LIBRARY

(Tune: “London Bridge”)

 

Now it’s time to say goodbye,

say goodbye, say goodbye.

Now it’s time to say goodbye —

Un-til … next time!

 

See you at the library,

library, library.

See you at the library —

I love my li-brar-y!

 

Everybody, one more time!

CLOSING SONG: I Love My Library – PDF

RESOURCES |“Tell Me a Story” :: King County Rocks!

31 Dec

Looking for great storytime resources? Be sure to check out King County’s fantastic array of rhymes and songs. King County Library System rocks!

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FELT BOARD STORY | Slippery Fish by Charlotte Diamond

25 Dec

Fishy fun!

Slippery Fish by Charlotte Diamond 

(Make swimming motions as you sing)

Slippery fish, Slippery fish,

Swimming in the water.

Slippery fish, Slippery fish,

Gulp … gulp … gulp …

Oh no,

(put your hands to your mouth)

it’s been eater by an –

 

(Make squiggling motions as you sing)

Octopus, octopus –

Squiggling in the water

Octopus, octopus,

Gulp … gulp … gulp …

Oh no, it’s been eaten by a –

 

(Make flashing motions as you sing)

Tuna fish, tuna fish,

Flashing in the water,

Tuna fish, tuna fish,

Gulp … gulp … gulp …

Oh no, it’s been eaten by a –

 

(Make lurking motions as you sing)

Great white shark, great white shark,

Lurking in the water,

Great white shark, great white shark,

Gulp … gulp … gulp …

Oh no, it’s been eaten by a – 

 

(Make spouting motions as you sing)

Humungous whale, humungous whale,

Spouting in the water,

Humungous whale, humungous whale – 

Burp! Ex-cuse me!

PDF > FELT BOARD STORY: Slippery Fish

AUDIO > Listen to an audio sample of Ms. Diamond singing “Octopus (Slippery Fish)” MP3 | RealAudio

SONGS | The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

3 Dec

Let’s picnic!

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Ev’ry teddy bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There’s lots of marvellous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
Cause that’s the way the teddy bears have their picnic.

If you go down to the woods today
You’d better not go alone.
It’s lovely down in the woods today
So please don’t stay at home.*

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for teddy bears
The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout;
They never have any care;

At six o’clock their mummies and daddies,
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little teddy bears.

Words by Jimmy Kennedy in 1932; music by John W. Bratton in 1907

* Lyric change to make the original (“But safer to stay at home.”) less scary!

SONG – The Teddy Bears’ Picnic – PDF

More Teddy!

RHYME | Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, slap your knees,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please.

RHYMES | My Teddy Bear

My Teddy Bear is a faithful friend

You can pick him up at either end

His fur is the colour of breakfast toast

And he’s always there

When you need him the most!

My Teddy Bear

My Teddy Bear is soft and brown

His heart is warm and good.

No matter if I laugh or frown

I know I’m understood!

RHYME | Teddy Lost His Coat

Teddy lost his coat.

Teddy lost his hat.

Teddy lost his rubber boots.

What do you think of that?

Teddy found his coat.

Teddy found his hat.

Teddy found his rubber boots.

He’d left them on the mat!

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