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Dots & Stripes

Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)

not-a-stickStory: Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis.  One reads the adult and the other reads (and acts out) the child.  The kids really liked seeing someone act out the play with a stick.  If we had to do it again, I would be more careful about letting the child act out the pretend play and letting the kids guess before turning the page for the reveal.

tiny-little-flyStory: Tiny Little Fly Michael Rosen.  One reads the fly and the other reads the bigger animals.  This is such a fun, bouncy story.  The kids enjoyed guessing what animal was going to come next.  They didn’t do as much winking as I’ve seen them do other times I’ve read this, which was a bit of a bummer – watching kids try to wink with one eye and then the other is always fun.

Song:  “Jumping and Counting”  (from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense) on bubble wrap.  I do this fairly frequently, and it’s always fun.  Maybe there’s a better song for jumping on bubble wrap, but I haven’t found it yet.  I love the way this one controls when to jump and when to stop and rest.  And finishing with “Everybody jump back into your seats” is perfect.

the-dot Story: The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  One reads Vashti (most of the book) and the other reads the teacher at the beginning and the little boy at the end.  This story was too mature/quiet for about half of our small storytime group, but the other half listened with rapt attention.  As with last week, I think having a story the little guys didn’t get followed by a story which everyone could get into really helped with general crowd control.  We lost the little guys, but not for a terribly long time.

pete-groovy-buttonsStory: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin & James Dean.  One reads the text and the other does Pete’s repeated lines “Oh no!” “Goodness no! / Buttons come and buttons go,” plus the groovy buttons song.  A lot of the kids knew this already and sang along right from the beginning.  Fun times for the toddlers through the kindergarteners.

Closing Song: “See Ya Later”

Craft: Bubble wrap printing.  We thought this worked well with the dots theme and also reinforces how bubble wrap, like sticks, can be used in lots of fun ways.  There’s a nice step-by-step tutorial at First Palette.  Keeping the piece of bubble wrap smaller than the paper and taping it down to the table were both helpful in minimizing the mess.  I love how the plain border around the paint looks, but it’s also great to have a place to pick up the painting without getting paint all over your hands.  This took more paint than I thought it would.  This is my sample print.  See how I made stripes out of dots?  See what I did there?  Some of the kids did stripes, but others did their own things.  Even if they just smooshed the colors around on the bubble wrap it ended up being really attractive.

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