Opening: Shake My Sillies Out - Raffi
Book: Sheep On a Ship – Nancy Shaw
(Lovely lyrical text, and fun pictures make this a winner. Little bit on the small side.)
Activity: Row Row Row
Row, row, row your boat
gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
life is but a dream.
(we acted out the rowing, then repeated with different actions:
paddle, rock, bounce, wiggle, and ended with a super fast verse of 'motor')
(The kids had a great time with this. It's fun to get suggestions from the group about what action to use, and one of the kids taught me a new ending! 'If you see a crocodile, don't forget to scream! Aaaaa!!')
Book: The Bridge is Up – Babs Bell
(This was quite the hit! I'd have the kids identify which vehicle joined the line, and eventually there was a little chorus saying 'Everyone had to wait' with me.)
Activity: Green Means Go
(I would hold up a colored circle, and the kids would respond according to the rule. We ran in place, jumped up and down, spun in a circle, and finally sat down ...ending with stop and ready for the next book!)
The drivers followed the rules in that story, do we know driving rules?
and Green means...Go!
Book: Firehouse – Mark Teague
(Great illustrations, and an engaging text. I left out the last spread, and ended with the parade.)
Song: Drivin’ In My Car – Ralphs World
(A super song! I used the red circle from the last activity for the 'Red Light' part of the music.)
Book: Clickety Clack – Rob and Amy Spence
(This was another great addition. A great build and fall, and a nice ending for the storytime.)
(There were some noisy riders on the train, so then we got out instruments and made noise too! )