Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)
Story: Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen. I like the simplicity and repetition of this one. It’s a great starter story because it’s not too long and has some interactivity. I know some people like to put their longest story up front, but I prefer to do the longest or most involved story in the middle, after the kids have been drawn in, but before they start to get antsy. Here’s a plug for flipping through the book before starting, even if you know it really well – in the double page spread, one of the pages was folded backwards, and I had to fake it until I figured out what the problem was.
Song: “Little Flea“. The kids who were participating enjoyed this one. We did it once slow and once fast.
Story: It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle. Total interactive storytime fun! The only problem is having enough breath left at the end to immediately launch into a song. Even the kids who were not up and running with me seemed to enjoy it, and I had a few very active twos running all over and having a great time. I found this one pretty easy to hold up for a big group that was spread out all over the place because the exact words didn’t seem as important as the general concept, so if I threw in a “Whew!” or “Not again!” out of place, it was all good.
Song: “I Like Elephants” by Eric Herman (on the CD The Kid in the Mirror, but do without CD and start with tigers instead of elephants). I introduced this by saying that I hadn’t sung this in a long time and I might have forgotten something, so could they please tell me if it didn’t sound right. Once they got the pattern, the older kids had fun shouting out the right answer. The ending kind of failed though – they didn’t quite get the joke or why it was over.
Story: Oh No! by Candace Fleming. This story has a great rhythm. I like to sing it to the tune of “Froggy Went A Courtin’.” I need to change the words a teeny bit to make it work, but it’s a pretty good fit. Especially if I don’t know a group well, I figure it’s hard to go wrong with music.
Ending Song: “Wave High”
No crafts since I’m using it this summer for outreach and/or outdoor storytimes to go with the “Paws to Read” theme.
(To the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle”)
Creeping, creeping, little flea,
Up my leg and past my knee.
To my tummy, up he goes,
Past my chin and to my nose.
Now he’s creeping down my chin,
To my tummy once again.
Down my leg and past my knee,
To my toe that little flea.