Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: Dinosaur Vs the Library – Bob Shea
(You can never go wrong with Dinosaur, and this is great for an opener since it introduces storytime behavior.)
Activity: Something Lost
(They were very good at this game, and we played a few rounds.)
We introduced a bunch of 'L' words, and then sang a song while one of them got 'lost'. The children then had to try and figure out which was missing.
Tune: London Bridge (from Miss Mary Liberry)
Everybody close your eyes,
close your eyes,
close your eyes,
everybody close your eyes,
We’re not peeking.
Book: The Littlest Llama – Jane Buxton
(This book is just slightly wordy, but the kids stayed engaged, and the illustrations are so nice!)
Activity: London Bridge
London bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down.
London bridge is falling down, my fair lady.
(child walks around adult, who is dropping their circled arms to ‘catch’ the child)
Take the key and lock her up,
lock her up, lock her up.
Take the key and lock her up, my fair lady.
(child wraps arms around adult)
Build it up with silver and gold,
silver and gold, silver and gold.
Build it up with silver and gold, my fair lady.
(pat hands on 'silver and gold')
(I've been trying to find ways to include the grownups more, and this was quite a fun activity for everyone! I had instructions to display, but everyone caught on quite quickly.)
Book: Leaves – David Ezra Stein
(I simple story that fit quite well with our first big snowfall!)
(Such fun, the kids always love being able to 'Roar!')
Five ferocious lions roaring to the sky.
"Roar," said the lion. "Boo!" said I.
And one ferocious lion ran away.
(count down remaining lions)
Book: Lion’s Lunch – Fiona Tierney
(But this lion wasn't about to be scared away! Fantastic pictures, maybe a bit long.)
Activity: Loud Instruments
(Then we got to be loud, playing instruments!)