Sensory Storytime!

Today I teamed up with a co-worker to do a sensory storytime for children with special needs.
Sensory play and activities have been growing in popularity over the recent months / years and can range from simple activities that parents and kids do at home to much more elaborate events held at libraries, daycare centers, schools, or other learning institutions. There is a plethora of material out there and many libraries or library bloggers have already written great stuff about it, but now it’s my turn.

My co worker and I planned our event for a group of up to 15 kids; the aim for these is generally to keep the groups smaller to allow for those who don’t do well in the often 40+ groups of kids coming to typical storytimes. Unfortunately, literally every road surrounding our library is currently under construction and it’s been having an impact on library attendance, including program attendance. 😦 We required registration and while we had 4 families registered, we only had one mother and her son that showed up.

While I wish we had more, my co-worker and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with this family and we got excellent feedback from his mother. The young boy stayed in the storytime room for more than 30 minutes even though the scheduled time was only 30 minutes long, we were in the “go with the flow” mode and just let him play until he was bored.

what we had planned to do was read a couple books, maybe read them more than once, as well as do some singing, moving, and free play time.

Many write-ups I found strongly suggested that we have an outline and a visual representation of it posted so that the parents and children attending could follow along.

Here are the images I used, all credits to the owners.

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we printed these out and posted them on our flannel board, we also printed them on sheets of paper to hand out to those attending.

The first book we planned to read was Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy by Sandra Boynton

This is a great touchy feely book, but we were running into trouble with how to share that, until, another co-worker came up with the genius idea of buying fabric to match the touchy bits in the book and did an AMAZING job matching them. Once we had the fabric we cut it up into small pieces and compiled them into packets for each child. I had wanted to attach them together on a key ring or something like a sample swatch packet but we didn’t get around to doing so so we just put them into a zippy bag. While one staff member was reading the book, the other staff member would be up front showing the fabric so the kids could follow along.

We also had the book Feely Bugs by David A. Carter, but this was a last minute addition and we did not have any support materials to pass out. Turns out that we didn’t need it though since we just had the one boy so he had the privilege of simply reading the book along with us and touching all the pages.  🙂

Aside from reading the books, the rest of the schedule went pretty much out the window and we just followed along with what our attended wanted to do.

I had also set up some sensory bins and some fidget toys in the back of the room for free play time and that’s where we headed next.

As many children’s libraries do, we have a variety of colored scarves, ribbons, and so on, we also have a small collection of fidget toys that we purchased after I experimented with passing out some of our quiet toys during storytime so that kids had something to play with and help focus their attention without being loud or distracting to others. These fidget toys include nubby balls and rings in different colors and resistance levels. I’d like to expand the collection in the future.

 

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some of our quiet fidget toys. not shown are our tactile nubby rings.

 

 

here are some websites that I browsed when deciding what to purchase. Obviously not all the toys listed are suitable for quiet play, but many are and are also excellent for helping to develop many skills from problem solving, to fine or gross motor skills, and strength.

http://funandfunction.com/calm-and-focus/fidgets.html

https://www.therapyshoppe.com/category/educational-toys/1685-sensory-toys

http://www.sensorytoywarehouse.com/

 

I also put out bins with dry pasta shapes, colored rice, beans, sponges or various sizes, and play dough.

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The play was unscripted and undirected and we followed what he wanted to do.  This was my favorite part because he really opened up and we were able to see just what an incredibly intelligent and fun kid he was. He built a volcano from the dough and told us about how lava dries and turns black and that when it touches water it steams because it is hot and the water is cold. At one point he was playing with the rice and letting it fall slowly from his hands and it sounded and looked like rain. During that point I asked if he wanted to make a rainstorm with us. We did the “human rain storm” where you use your hands to simulate the sound of a storm.

 

Our version was obviously not quite as epic or impressive as the video, but it was still fun and with help from our thunder maker, we had a great time. 🙂

 

We also asked him a few random problem solving questions as he played and he continued to show off just how clever he was. His mother told us that he had never handled a sponge before, but when I asked him to take the water from one bin and move it to the other, he took only seconds to grab a sponge and squeeze it over the empty container until the sponge was dry and he had to re-wet it.

 

All in all, I think it was and can be an invaluable experience for kids, parents, and libraries involved. It gives the kids a chance to participate in library activities that they may otherwise avoid due to their individual needs, it gives the parents a chance to network and connect, and it gives the staff at the library a chance to better understand how to meet the needs of their patrons and better serve their community as a whole.

 

For more information on autism and other special needs, check out the sites below.

http://www.autismspeaks.org/

http://www.chadd.org/

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/adhdresources/

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

http://nationalautismassociation.org/

 

 

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Sunny Day

Now that we are done with our Summer Library Program, and on a storytime break, I have time to catch up on some back posts!

Some of you may know because you live in the area, and other may have heard on the news about the freak flash flooding we had recently in the Detroit area, well as much as I enjoy a good rainstorm, it’s never fun when it gets out of hand so on the other end of the spectrum, I thought I should post about a storytime I did recently about the sun and clouds. I had done a space/moon/rocket ship themed StoryTech recently and decided to continue with a similar theme that also went with the season as well. I kinda love themes and tying them all together. I know I’ve mentioned it before; I also know that probably nobody in the storytime audience notices but I amuse myself with it and that’s all that really matters, right?  right.   😉

Anywho, since we did some fun night time sky stuff books last time, this time it was daytime sky stuff books.

The books I read were:

The Sun is my Favorite Star by Frank Asch

Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Why the Sun and the Moon live in the Sky
(there are many versions of this book as it is an old folktale, I used the version by Elphinstone Dayrell and Blair Lent)

 

I had a great response to this storytime theme! Lots of people asked for the books (on Thursday I can just give them out, but Monday can sometimes be hard because if I only have one copy of a title, I can’t give it away since I need it for my Thursday session as well.)

I was quite excited with the variety of books I was able to find and use for this storytime because it isn’t often that I find a fairytale/folktale or non-fiction title that will work well for storytime, but this week I was able to find one of each and they went over swimmingly. 🙂

Little cloud is aways fun to read because even though it is a pretty basic book, you can read it many different ways. With my preschool group being a bit older, I chose to read it as a very interactive guessing game. I would read the text and then take a peek to myself on the next page at what the cloud had turned into and then give them clues or hints or whatever, they would guess, sometimes I would just take a peek and laugh or gasp, the kids really enjoyed that book.

 

Aside from the stories, we also did this action rhyme a few times:

 

 

Big Round Sun

The big round sun in the springtime sky
(form large circle with arms)

Waved at a cloud that was passing by.  
(wave)

The little cloud laughed as it scattered rain,
(flutter fingers downward)

Then out came the big round sun again.
(form large circle with arms)

 

I also asked the kids if they were a c loud, what they would turn into and then let them demonstrate if they could, tons of fun and giggles! 😀

 

We did a very easy craft after which consisted of grabbing big blue sheets of construction paper, white crayons, yellow die-cut sun shapes, and cotton balls. I had the kids draw some cloud shapes then fill them in.

One of the kids even gave their sky two suns  😉

 

I really enjoyed this theme and had a TON of books I could have used so I’m sure I’ll do it again to try 0out some other titles!

Summer StoryTech

 

Well, I’ve just finished my first round of StoryTech.

don't worry, it looked nothing like this.

don’t worry, it looked nothing like this.

 

Actually, as of right now, I don’t have any other scheduled, but I’m sure we’ll do more in the future.

How was it?

 

Well…..

It certainly had its highs a lows. There were aspects that I really enjoyed about it and others that were awkward or didn’t work as well as I’d like them to or things I’d change for next time.

For example, I don’t sing or dance, it just is not my thing; because of that, I don’t often incorporate songs into my storytimes and I feel both kinda guilty and a little embarrassed.

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I have tried to incorporate them in ways other than me singing or dancing by using a laptop or iPad or playing songs on the boombox, but it just hasn’t gone over very well and the kids don’t seem terribly engaged.

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With StoryTech, however, I feel like the kids are much more engaged because they have something they can both listen to as well as look at that isn’t my awkward face trying to figure out how to mouth the words so it looks like I’m singing along without actually making noise. hah. Youtube and the app store have so many things that work really well for storytime when they’re projected onto a big screen and one of those things is songs. We’ve done the itsy bitsy spider, old macdonald, the works!

One thing I noticed about my experience with this is that it doesn’t work for every kid. Many kids seemed more engaged and willing to participate, others seemed to become more unruly and hard to keep focused, while still others seemed to disconnect and not enjoy the experience as much.

Traditional storytime is the same, it won’t appeal to every child, but it’s very interesting to see just how differently they can all be affected.

 

Now even though this was a “tech” version of storytime, I didn’t want to read entirely from the iPad for multiple reasons:

1. I didn’t want to eliminate “real” books from storytime.
2. I wanted to keep the apps I used and listed for parents to go home and try as free apps which limits selection.
3. I feel slightly awkward sitting there while the story reads itself on screen and didn’t feel comfortable spending a while 30-45 minutes letting the tablet do my job for me.

 

With many of the book apps, I’m able to either control the advancement of the pages which gives me a chance to ask questions and interact, but not with all of them which means I just kinda press go and sit back while it runs itself while I try to look participatory or ….something.

 

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One other interesting thing I’ve noticed about StoryTech versus Storytime is that for both events I often pick out 4-6 books to read and 2-4 extension activities like active rhymes or flannel boards; I know I’ll only have time for half that but I like to have a variety of styles and pacing and moods in case we have a very active crowd that can’t sit through a long and quiet book or vise versa, or one of the apps doesn’t work right (mr fox and mr rabbit book simply WOULD NOT display properly and was always sideways through the projector) and so on.
Well, with storytime I find that the kids almost never shout out things like “I WANNA READ THE PURPLE BOOK!” or “DO THE CHICKEN RHYME!” because a pile of books and papers is a lot less attention grabbing than a screen full of bright pictures of iPad apps.

My organization style for regular storytimes often involves me picking the order of the books and then putting them on the table next to my chair in that order with printouts of the rhymes and flannel boards shuffled in between the books in the order I want them. It’s certainly not set in stone, but it gives me a comfortable outline.
My style for StoryTech has been similar; pick out my apps and put them in order in a group and have that group loaded on the screen titled at the top with our theme so that the kids will look at our books and apps and not all the other random apps and menus on the iPad
….but it’s seeming like I might need to start having two groups, one for my plan a and then a second separate group that isn’t shown on the screen with my backup apps because I find that I spend lots of time fielding “CAN WE DO THE CHICKEN BOOK?!” questions and promising that I’ll read as many as I can but we might not get to (insert brightly colored attention grabbing app name here).

Like I mentioned earlier, the tech seems to really bring some kids alive which is great, but I find myself walking a very fine line of active participants and overly exuberant distractions.

I also noticed that while I was afraid that there might be some push-back from anti-tech or tech fatigued parents who might think that the tech aspect was a bit of a cop out or not what they wanted from a library (like I have mentioned before, there are still some very hostile pockets of tech opponents) I found that I got lots of good feedback from the adults present in the form of thank yous, or “we had lots of fun today” or  “tell me more about ____” and more; if there have been any parents that didn’t like it, I sure haven’t heard it.

I think the app world is daunting, especially for finding kid appropriate apps, and I like to think that I’m helping them dip their toes in or hold their hands a little while they begin their exploration of it all. Obviously the apps I use are by no means the only good ones out there and there are often many great apps I find but don’t use because they wouldn’t translate well for a large group, but they’re a great introduction and I often put out a list other “suggested apps and activities for home” along with the outline and activities wee used.

 

So all in all, I’ve really enjoyed my StoryTech experience, it’s certainly very different from a typical “old fashioned” storytime and can often be more difficult to plan, but I like them and hope to continue them!

Without further ado, here are the outlines with all the information on the apps I used, stories we read, and videos we watched. I also have all the extension activities we did listed below as well, those will work great with any kind of storytime.

 

Outlines:

StoryTechAugust4

StoryTechJuly21

StoryTechJune23

 

Extension Activities:

Animal active rhymes

Climb Aboard the Spaceship

Going to the moon

 


 

 

Have any of you had experience bringing tech into storytime or doing a tech based storytime?

What were your experiences?


 

 

eBook-Libary

keep reading!

 

…now to catch up on all my other regular storytime posts!  😉

 

Happy birthday, USA!

 

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America just celebrated it’s birthday! It’s 238 years old!

As far as nations go, we’re still a wee thing, but to kids, that’s like, FOREVER! I was a bit hesitant to do a fourth of July theme for storytime because we have such a diverse group of patrons that come to storytime and I was worried that they wouldn’t be as interested but then after looking through lists of good fourth of July books and seeing lots of them that weren’t just “hooray for USA”  I stopped and thought, uhm, hello, you have a diverse group of patrons, what a great time to use some really diverse books and take advantage of that unique situation!

Unfortunately I was only able to get my hands on one about a young Chinese girl and her family living in america and how they celebrate, it’s called “Apple Pie, 4th of July” by Janet S Wong. While the book doesn’t delve too deep into cultural differences, it does touch on it; I loved the line where the girl complains that nobody wants Chinese food on 4th of July and her father says “Fireworks are Chinese.” as he hands her a pan of sweet and sour pork. I thought it was a cute story and I really liked the illustration style.

We also read “Fourth of July Mice” by Bethany Roberts, “Hats off for the Fourth of July” by Harriet Ziefert and “Red, White,and  BOOM!” by Lee Wardlaw. All of those titles have pretty good rhythm to them though there were some bits where the rhythm changes and it tripped me up a little while reading out loud, but it just keeps me on my toes.
Fourth of July Mice is full of good noise words and lots of repetition and super cute mice while Red White and Boom has great rhymes and I felt allowed for me to ask lots of types of questions; anything from “What are they eating at their picnic?” to at the very end when I asked them to put their memory to the test and try to remember all the places we visited on our busy fourth of July (beach, park, and parade) . Our version of Hats off for the Fourth of July is a “big book” version so it was fun to see lots of big images and it also has a lot of great guessing prompts; “What do you think comes next?” “Have you seen horses in a parade?”

 

We  also did a quick and dirty flannel activity where I threw together a super basic felt birthday cake and 10 birthday candles and we talked about the US having a birthday and then did the birthday flannel board. The rhyme I used was “Ten little candles” and I found it hereI did modify it a tiny bit because I didn’t like one of the words so I changed it to “blow blow blow”. I told the kids that we were going to not just practice our counting, but we were going to count…ready? BACKWARDS! and THEN I made it super crazy because we weren’t just going to count backwards, we were going to count backwards by TWOS. let me tell you, it’s harder than you think! Luckily, I’ve got a smart bunch of kids and we had no trouble. 😉

Here’s my version of the rhyme:

Ten Little Candles

10 little candles on a chocolate cake
BLOW BLOW BLOW!  Now there are 8

8 little candles on candlesticks
BLOW BLOW BLOW!  Now there are 6

6 birthday candles and not one more
BLOW BLOW BLOW!  Now there are 4

4 birthday candles red, white and blue
BLOW BLOW BLOW!  Now there are 2

2 little candles standing one by one
BLOW BLOW BLOW! Now there are none

Here is my SUPER basic birthday cake and candles. I will probably go back and add more details later.

Here is my SUPER basic birthday cake and candles. I will probably go back and add more details later.

This was lots of fun because it was an active rhyme, a flannel, and excellent counting practice; even the kids that aren’t super fond of counting had fun!

For getting our sillies out and moving around, I planned to make fireworks inside! I grabbed our scarves, and we have some neat ribbon bracelets as well so I had everybody pick a scarf or a bracelet and we threw them in the air like fireworks. We practiced using our right hands and our left hands, we made fast fireworks and slow fireworks and also just did some silly stuff, it was lots of fun!

Unfortunately I was quite stumped when it came to a craft because we have been running low-ish on craft supplies and I haven’t gotten around to placing a big restock order and I’ve been trying to kind of use up some random supplies we have laying around so for this week we made “parade wavers”  hah.

For some reason (probably masks?) we have a bunch of paper plates with the middles cut out so I grabbed those and some red white and blue crayons and markers and put those out with some red and blue foam stickers and yarn pieces and had them get creative and then glued them to big popsicle sticks.  It wasn’t my most inspired craft, but it was last minute and easy and I really like giving the kids the chance to just kinda go crazy. There was very little structure to this craft which allowed them to go as big or as basic as they wanted. 🙂

 

Next week is another regular storytime and I REALLY want to do a hat storytime, but there’s a flannel board I want to do with it and I don’t have the supplies to make it yet so I keep having to put it off so I think I might have to do something beachy or summery this week and then the week after is another StoryTech which I’m excited for.

 

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bears bears bears bears!

 

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Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff
He’s Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Willy nilly silly old bear

 

This weeks theme was bears, though sadly, I didn’t read any Winnie the Pooh books. :/

Maybe I’ll do a whole Winnie the Pooh storytime! ooh….ideas!

 

Anyhow, I did read some pretty great books and had some fun flannel and rhymes as well.

One of my new favorite author / illustrator duos is Sean Bryan and Tom MurphyI read one of their other books in a previous storytime and loved it so when I saw that they had a bear themed one I was all over it. They’re cute and silly and quick with great rhythm and get lots of giggles from the kids. The first book of theirs that I read was “A Boy and his Bunny” which is about a boy with a bunny on his head and what he does (or can do) in his day to day life, bu what was quite funny about this one was that the roles were reversed and it was called“A Bear and his Boy” and featured a bear with a boy on his back!

 

 “This is the story
Of a Bear named Mack
Who woke up one morning
With a boy on his back!”

I also read the book “Bear Dreams” by Elisha Cooper. The theme of that story is a bit more fall/winter themed since it talks about hibernation, but it was a cute book and had fun pictures so I went with it. The kids seemed to quite like that one because the bear does some silly things like tries to fly with some geese and hop with bunnies. I love the style of the illustrations as well, they’re very pretty watercolor images.

After Bear dreams we got some energy out by going on a bear hunt!

I’m sure most, if not all of you are familiar with the story of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” which has been around in many versions for quite some time. we didn’t read the book or just act it out, we did a flannel board for it and I had them help me act it out. Not only is it fun to pretend to climb trees and skip over bridges, but it helps develop their imagination, strengthen gross motor skills, group dynamics, and instill confidence in the kids as they act things out with (somewhat) of an audience.

But mostly, it’s lots of fun. 🙂

Our final book was one that I quite enjoyed, “The Bear Who Shared” by Catherine Rayner. The story is cute but still is able to portray messages of patience as well as sharing/kindness. The illustrations are simple but very pretty and unique, in fact, I remember looking at the cover when I picked it off the shelf and thinking “oh I hope this one is good because I love the picture!”  I’m glad it lived up to my expectations.  I had a couple other rhymes / fingerplays that I considered doing but I ended up only doing one but I’m glad I did because it was a HUGE hit; fits of giggles through the room. yay!

 

Two Little Black Bears 

Two little black bears sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
 

Two little black bears digging in the snow
One digs fast and the other digs slow
Run away fast, run away slow
Come back fast, come back slow
 

Two little black bears feeling very proud
One is quiet and the other is loud
Run away quiet, run away loud
Come back quiet, come back loud

 
Two little black bears bouncing with a ball
One bounced short and the other bounced tall
Bounce away short, bounce away tall
Come back short come back tall

 There are many versions of this rhyme out there but that’s the one I used. You can add just about anything that you think you can act out with your hands. Well, I guess you could act it out with more than your hands or use puppets, but I opted for the one finger version a la Jbrary.  So, for example, when you’re saying “One is ___ and the other is___”  you make you voice / actions match to the words. So if one is fast and one is slow, say the words around “fast” really quickly the words around “slow” very slowly. You get the point, the video below shows it better anyhow. hah. I also tried to let the kids come up with different verses to add but they were either not feeling very creative that day or were pretty ok with just the ones I’d done. 😉

 

 

Now we’re on a break from storytime for the next couple weeks so hopefully that’ll give me time to write up some other posts I’d been hoping to get to as well as nail down more details about my Storytime Plus sessions! Exciting!

 

until next time!

RIBBIT!

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Froggies!

I kinda love frogs, from afar. I don’t want to touch them or anything, but they are quite cute. You know what else is cute? The frog books I picked for this storytime! I had a BIG book, a pop up book, and flannel sotries. Super awesome!

In the past for a spring storytime I read “999 Frogs Wake Up” by Ken Kimura and I loved it, super cute illustrations, but I didn’t want to repeat a title that close together. Luckily he has another book “999 Tadpoles” Equally as cute and fun as the other book. I read that and the kids quite enjoyed it. I heard them gasp at the snake and whisper “oh no!”  when papa frog gets captured or they all fall (don’t worry, they’re ok). they really got into the story!

I also read “Wide Mouth Frog” by Keith Faulkner in pop up version because it should be read that way. The kids gasped at every turn of the page and the parents loved it. I liked the end where he makes his mouth all small and I tried to do the same as I was reading and I saw the kids sort of subconsciously purse their lips. hehe.

The BIG BOOK that I read was “Jump Frog, Jump!” by Robert Kalan.  This book was tons of fun but also a challenge! It reminds me of “there was an old lady” stories where it builds and builds as the story goes on but also has at least one constant. It’s a great story for us who perform storytimes to practice pacing and memory but also great for the kids to practice their memory because it gives you the opportunity to let them chime in when they remember the order of things on the list. They also get the chance to yell “JUMP FROG, JUMP!” a whole buncha times and who doesn’t like that?

So as if the awesome books we did weren’t good enough, I also did a “5 Little Speckled Frogs” flannel board using this video

 

I let the song play in the background behind the flannel board and the kids sang / clapped along and acted out the bits with me while I acted out the song on the flannel board. it was fun.

we also did a couple action rhymes:

Polliwog

Polliwog swims in the pond all day
Swishing his tail every which way
Swim, polliwog, swim, polliwog
How fun your life must be! 

Polliwog grows four legs one day
Becomes a frog and hops away
Hop, little frog, hop, little frog
How fun your life must be! 

Little frog sits under a blue sky
He jumps real low and he jumps real high
Jump, little frog, jump, little frog
How fun your life must be!

Ribbit!

Ribbit said the frog (make croaking noise)
With his great big eyes (put hands around eyes like goggles)
sitting on a lilypad (squat like a frog)
catching flies (reach hands out in the air)
“I have a sticky tongue it’s as fast as can be” (stick tongue out)
“And I catch flies…”
1, 2, 3! (stick tongue out to catch flies and count)

We did both of those rhymes a couple times each and they worked pretty well in getting out the wiggles.

All in all, I really enjoyed this storytime, we had lots of fun stuff going on AND we still managed a craft!

It wasn’t super complicated, I just cut out some frogs with the die cut machine and then grabbed some googly eyes and black pom poms and used some left over little white hearts and we made frog and fly collages.

 

Next week we have BEARS, RAWR!

 

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CHOO CHOOOOOO!!!

Well hello! You’ll have to forgive me as I went on vacation and didn’t que up my posts properly. so here ya go!

 


 

 

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This week, we did TRAINS!

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I was pretty excited to do this theme because it lends itself to so many different and fun activities so it allows for a lot of creativity. Weirdly enough though, I wasn’t able to come up with a very good craft for this theme. Of course I thought of all sorts of neat ideas AFTER, but none of them came to me in time. Oh well.

I picked out 4 books but I was almost positive that I wouldn’t read one of them as it was quite long, but I grabbed it anyway just in case.

The books I read were:

Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Steam Train Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London

I also did a few different train active rhymes and a flannel board. I had picked up a book about trains that I liked but something about it didn’t jive well with me so I turned it into a flannel board/active rhyme. The books wasThe Train Ride by June Crebbin  I took the text from the book and altered it very slightly to turn it into a rhyme that flowed a bit more since I didn’t have to turn pages and allowed kids to still see the things described by putting them up on the flannel but also allowed them to move a bit since I had then tap their knees or swish their hands to make a train noise.  What’s really weird is that I can’t for the life of me remember how I stumbled across this particular book or where because when I went to look it up after storytime, it didn’t exist. I couldn’t find it in the OPAC and according to Polaris, our copies were removed from the collection years ago. WHAT?!  Ghost Book!

Anyhow, here’s the text I used:

 

We’re riding on a train out of town
What shall I see, what shall I see?
Sheep running off and cows laying down
That’s what I see, that’s what I see

Over the meadow up on the hill
What shall I see, what shall I see?
A mare and her foal standing perfectly still
That’s what I see, that’s what I see

There’s farm in the distance down the road
What shall I see, what shall I see?
A shiny red tractor pulling it’s load
That’s what I see, that’s what I see

Here in my seat, my lunch on me knee
What shall I see, what shall I see?
A ticket collector smiling at me
That’s what I see, that’s what I see

Through the window I’m looking out
What shall I see, what shall I see?
A gaggle of geese, strutting about
That’s what I see, that’s what I see

Over the treetops, high in the sky
What shall I see, what shall I see?
A hot air balloon, sailing by!
That’s what I see, that’s what I see

Listen! The engine is slowing down
What shall I see, what shall I see?
The market square in the seaside town
That’s what I see, that’s what I see

Now in the station, who shall I see?
Who shall I see? who shall I see?
There is my grandma! Welcoming me!

I made up some simple images for the flannel board using clipart and simply placed them up as I recited the rhyme/story. It goes quite quickly so you could easily add more lines or stanzas to it if you’d like. I often like to let the kids suggest things and incorporate it to the rhyme…even though it usually doesn’t rhyme because I’m just not that quick on my feet like some librarians. (would storytime librarians make good rap battlers? That should be a thing. )  The kids seemed to get a kick out of this activity and the parents liked the ending a lot. 🙂

I also did “The wheels on the train”

 

 

“The Wheels on the Train”
(to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)

1. The Wheels on the train go clickety-clack all down the track
2. The Whistle on the train goes toot, toot, toot all down the track
3. The Conductor on the train says “all aboard” all down the track
4. The Crossing Gates go clang, clang, clang all down the track
5. The People on the train go bumpety-bump all down the track

And stole this little activity from TheBettyJulie on youtube. As she states, it’s not just a fun and cute rhyme, but it’s a great way to develop brain connections and fine tune some motor skills. In fact, I found out that I certainly could work on some of mine as I was far less coordinated on one side than I was on the other!

 

Again, I let the kids make some suggestions for where we go on the train because it’s fun and it’s good practice for me to improvise.

 

I enjoyed this storytime theme a lot but wish I could have come up with a fun craft to incorporate. oh well.