Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)
Story: How Will We Get to the Beach? by Brigitte Luciani. This story features five objects that must be brought to the beach. Each mode of transportation can not accommodate one of the objects, and the kids need to figure out which one it is by what is missing from the picture. I actually drew the five objects on a white board at the start of the story because I was afraid I would forget what they were. The kids were able to use the (terrible) drawings as a visual cue to figure out what was missing on each page. A fun, interactive starter.
Song: “All the Fish are Swimming in the Water” by Caspar Babypants on I Found You. (With bubbles!) It was a big group and a small space, so I ended up sort of standing in the middle and blowing bubbles around in every direction. It worked okay, although I think one little guy was almost trampled. It felt chaotic to me, but I think the kids enjoyed it. The same activity has worked better at other storytimes.
Story: The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan. This came in recently, and is part of the reason I chose this storytime theme – I was in the mood for a new book, and this one was really fun. The language was simple, and the older kids loved figuring out what was happening in each picture. The adults laughed at the page where the mom was reading and not really listening to the kids’ complaint that there was a whale in the swimming pool. The kids also loved the ending, where the boy comes in for nap time and finds a bear in his bed.
Song: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.” We did the version where you move your arms up or down each time you say a word with a “B” sound. This went over better with the older kids and the kids who already knew the song. We did it twice, first slower and then faster.
Story: Monkey Ono by J.C. Phillipps. I’ve used this one a few times at storytime, and it’s super fun. The kids like joining in on the repeated “Boom! Beach day!” and there are other repeated phrases like “Oh, no!” and “Bananza!” which are fun to say. There’s some lighthearted underwear / toilet flushing humor, which was well appreciated, as was the final solution of creating a beach day at home.
Closing Song: “Wave High, Wave Low.” This is the song I usually use for groups that aren’t “mine” because my usual closing song takes a little more time to learn. This one is a simple song with different kinds of waving that the kids can join in on right away. I’ve lost the original source, but have the feeling that it was adapted from a Rob Reid song.
Craft: With the building mid-renovation, we are not doing crafts.