This continues our fall series of storytimes about self and community. I was going to do just Clothes, but since it’s almost Halloween, I tossed in Costumes as well.
Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)
Intro: We have the book How Do I Put it On? by Shigeo Watanabe, but it’s not in great shape. Instead, I used a stuffed mouse that doubles as my baby in Babytime. It came with pants, shirt, and jacket, and I added a pair of toddler undies for good measure. For each item of clothing, I put it on wrong, and let the kids tell me how to do it right. Hilarity ensued.
Story: Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera. Ha! Underwear! This one has a repetitive action sequence where Mouse asks Polar Bear if each pair of underwear is his, and he answers that it is not. The book changes the language a bit each time, but I just kept it consistent so the kids could join in. “Is this your pair, Polar Bear?” “No, that is not my underwear.” I used this one a lot over the summer at my camp visits, and I’d say it’s a pretty solid storytime hit.
Song: “On My Head, I Wear a Hat“. I’ve been having trouble finding good activities to use with our new beanbags. Someone on the Storytime Underground Facebook page recommended this song, which I had used before, and it was a good fit. The kids put the beanbags on their heads to be their hats and then moved them around to the other body parts as we went. There was a small amount of beanbag throwing, but not too much.
Song: “The Costume Song“. I asked the kids what their costumes were going to be, and then made sure to include all of them in the song. I ended with all the kids and the grownups, and most of the adults were pretty good sports about participating.
Ending Song: “See You Later”
Activity: I photocopied outlines of human figures onto card stock and put out assorted felt and fabric scraps, scissors, and glue. The kids “dressed” the figures.
Other possible titles:
I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Shoes from Grandpa by Mem Fox
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman
I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn
Jammie Day! by Carrie Snyder
On my head, I wear a hat.
It is such a funny hat
That my head can wiggle,
Wiggle to and fro.
Where else can my fun hat go?
Repeat for other body parts.
All the witches
And the superheroes,
Stand on up,
Stand on up.
Turn around and take a bow,
Turn around and take a bow.
Then sit down,
Then sit down.
Repeat for other costumes.