Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems
(The kids were a little slow to shout out the 'No!'...but made up for it by being vocal the rest of the storytime.) =\
Activity: Two Little Blackbirds
Two little black birds sitting on a hill,
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, Fly away Jill!
Come back Jack, come back Jill!
...sitting on a pole,
one named high and one named low...
...sitting on a cloud,
one named quiet and one named loud...
...sitting in the snow,
one names fast and one named slow...
(This was very well recieved. We have little blackbirds on popsicle sticks, but I knew there wouldn't be enough so we just used our thumbs as the birds. Each time they flew away we did breathy flying noises that matched the descriptors.)
Book: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew – Keiko Kasza
(I encouraged some response 'Who likes pancakes?' and even though I'm not the biggest fan of the illustrations, I think this is a nice story.)
Activity: I know a little rooster -
song by The Best of the Babysitters
(The kids seemed a little disintersted in this...I think something more active would have been better. I'll try the chicken dance with the next group.)
Book: Grumpy Bird – Jeremy Tankard
(A simple story, cute pics, I think it kinds of went over the heads of my group though.)
Activity: 5 Penguins in the Bathtub
(They liked this a lot...it's a variant that I put to a tune. It even got an encore!)
One penguin in a bathtub,
Going for a swim
Knock, Knock (clap, clap)
Splash, Splash (slap knees, slap knees)
Come on in! (motion with hand)
...They all fell in! (final line)
Book: Do Like a Duck Does- by Judy Hindley
(I'm a big fan of this book, cute big pictures and fun opportunity for voices. The kids like it too!)