Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)
Mystery Bag objects: We had a hard time finding objects for this! We ended up with a necklace, a napkin, and a number nine.
Because we’d already talked about the letter, I introduced each story or song by having them guess what N-word it was about.
Story: Who Needs That Nose? by Karen Warrick (nose). I love starting with a really interactive book, so one that requires guessing is just about perfect. This one was a nice mix of really easy animals that everyone got, like elephant, and harder or more obscure animals, like a star nose mole.
Rhyme: “An Elephant Goes Like This and That” (nose). I use this at Babytime too. The kids enjoyed it, and I did it three times so that they could learn it and join in, but I was really impressed by how involved the adults got in saying it along with me and helping their kids participate.
Story: On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Johnson (noodles). I had an adult patron hold the book and turn the pages for me so that I could play the song on my guitar and sing. A lot of the adults knew the song and sang along with me, and some of the kids joined in as the book went along and the song repeated a number of times. The text is pretty wordy in between verses of the song, but the song gets the kids back every time they get squirrelly, so it works for me.
Song: “Spaghetti Legs” by Jim Gill on Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes (noodles). As long as we were talking about noodles, this was a fun tie-in. When we started, some of the kids were thinking uncooked noodles and made their body parts very stiff, and others were thinking cooked noodles and made their bodies very wiggly.
Story: The Napping House by Audrey Wood. Classic. I had a pretty active group, so it was nice to have a calming story to finish. A lot of the kids had heard this story before, and I had them help me by always finishing the line “where everyone was …. ” Again, both adults and kids participated. It was nice to have such participatory adults on the first storytime after winter break!
Closing Song: “See Ya Later.” I actually messed up and started my outreach good bye song, “Wave High, Wave Low,” so we did both. Oops!
Craft: Noodle necklaces. Props to my fellow storytimer for dyeing all of the noodles with a very stinky but effective mix of vinegar and food coloring. We also precut the yarn and put a little bit of masking tape on the end to make it easier for the kids. It was still a nontrivial activity, and it was nice to see the kids having to work those fine motor skills a little bit.
“An Elephant Goes Like This and That”
An elephant goes like this and that,
He’s terribly big and he’s terribly fat.
He has big ears and great big toes,
And goodness gracious, what a nose!
Possible subthemes: nap, nature, nests, nighttime, noodles, nose, numbers, nuts
Other possible titles:
The Napping House by Audrey Wood (nap)
Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley (nest)
When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward (nest)
Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert (nuts)
Noisy Night by Mac Barnett