Monday, January 14, 2013

Farm Storytime

So my Thursday morning storytime had been billed as a 0-2, but we got a lot of older kids. I have a huge open space, so I don't need to turn anyone away and if I wanted to (which I don't) it would be really hard. So, for the new session we changed it to an all ages, just to more accurately reflect the reality of the program.

AND! I played my ukelele for the first time! It was super fun and I'm learning more songs and practicing so it'll be a regular part of storytime now.

to the tune of Happy Birthday, played on the uke
Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping!
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.

Book: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, pictures by Betsy Lewin.

I love this story of rebellious farm animals. Some little kids find it a bit long, but if you have them "moo" with you on the "click clack moo, click clack moo, clickity-clack moo" refrain, it's fine.


Way up high in the apple tree, (both arms in the air)
Two red apples did I see. (both hands in fists in air)
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (shake all over)
And down came the apples – (fists fall down to floor)
Mmm, they were good! (rub stomach – yummy motion)

Hickory dickory dock

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold

Book: Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan.

Little kids love this story of a Lulu the chick who's sick of everyone telling her she's too little to do things. Parents love the fact that at the end of her barnyard adventures, Lulu realizes that maybe she isn't quite ready yet.

to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. I don't play this one, because I need my hands for the actions.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…


Shake my Sillies Out. This is the first thing I learned to play on the ukelele! It's hard to jump and play at the same time, but I'm working on it.

I have a little heart (touch baby’s chest)
That goes thump thump thump (beat chest 3 times)
It keeps right on beating
As I jump jump jump (jump 3 times)

You have two arms they are for waving
And two feet that go stump stump
You have two eye they are for blinking
And a bottom to sit with a bump

Book: Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming.

Who doesn't love making a ton of animal noises? Plus, the kids love trying to find goose in the pictures.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm (on the uke!)

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

to the tune of Shortnin' Bread
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every litte cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every litte cell in my body is well
I'm so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every litte cell in my body is well

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you


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